ShoeKnots poll results

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Which knot do you use?
Total number of votes = 1603
granny (22.9%)
square (36.2%)
double (20.8%)
none (8%)
other (12.1%)

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
A shoe store salesman taught me a "1-1/2 knot" many years ago, especially for use with round laces. After making a regular shoe knot but before tightening, put one loop and the lace end on the same side through the center of the knot a second time. Unlike a double knot, it's easy to untie when you want to, but doesn't come out when you don't want it to... the boy scout definiton of a good knot.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Yes, I have sailed, and climbed and caved and hiked and walked around the city. A square bow will usually last, tieing the loops in another overhand knot improves it. I have seen cowboy knots and have not learned them - but they are designed to hole a pack in place as the horse or mule o burro walks all day. And they are not easy to untie!

Thursday, April 07, 2016
I prefer the Ukrainian Shoe Lacing Technique with regular shoelaces. It fixes all the problems of regular shoe lacing.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Fun article. Ain't physics grand? I use a knot that I use when fishing offshore. It has been tested to be as strong as the line you are using. It doesn't come undone unless you really want it to. Thanks

Friday, September 11, 2015

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Since those days in late October 1999 when the shoe knot experiments were first performed, I have been quick to learn that my friends and I are not the only ones to delve so deeply into this subject. From patents to journal articles, and web pages by others (listed below), there are many people with creative ideas. Personally I would like to thank everybody who has contributed comments over the years as it has taught me a lot. This site has greatly benefited from your contributions.

Finally, I can't help but leave this discussion with one last bit of trivia that I discovered from the "Texas Mailman", which relates to the plastic things at the end of shoelaces.

aglet ('a-glet) n. The plain or ornamental covering at the end of a lace to keep it from becoming frayed.

So there you have it ... keep using that square knot, and may you have many safe walks!

Additional Resources

Here are just a few of the numerous pages available regarding the various aspects of shoelaces, their knots, and the many types of lacing methods available. They cover many of the other aspects of shoelaces that I am unable to fit in here.

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