While boarding my plane on my recent trip to Arizona, I overheard one passenger telling another about a different method for tying shoes. He was just finishing the explanation and telling her how it was much more secure than the regular method. My shoes are constantly coming untied, so I was curious, but the line was moving again and it was too late to ask. I determined to check google for the answer.
Wouldn’t you know there is a site devoted to tying ones shoes; Ian’s Shoelace Site features 17 ways to tie a shoelace. I experimented with each of them evaluating for ease of tying and security until I came to the “Two Loop Shoelace Knot”; the “normal” knot that I learned when I was a kid. Thinking that it has never been very secure, I almost moved on and then I caught Ian’s warning: “It’s often tied incorrectly, resulting in an un-balanced ‘Granny Knot’.” As an experiment, I tied my shoes automatically without thinking about how I was doing it and checked the results. No wonder my shoelaces always come untied. I have been tying a “granny knot” my whole life!
So, I didn’t need a fancy new way of tying my shoes, I just needed to tie a square knot instead of a granny knot. I have to think about what I am doing when I tie them now, but now that I am tying them correctly, my shoes have been quite secure for the last couple of weeks. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?