How to Tie Your Shoes Perfectly

Although most of us learned to tie our shoes so far back we can't remember, most of us learned to do it wrong. With a couple of simple adjustments, your laced shoes will always look good and never come untied.

You probably thought you learned to tie your shoes some time so far back you don't even remember it. The truth is, you probably only learned little more than how to keep your laces out of the way so you don't trip over them most of the time. The Perfect Bow, on the other hand, is truly perfect. It lies neatly across your shoe every time and never comes loose or untied - until you untie it yourself. The Perfect Bow is especially perfect for all athletic activities that involve shoes. For hiking and hunting boots and boat shoes that have leather laces, it is beyond perfect. The two minutes it takes to learn to this nifty trick are a good investment of time.

Tying the Perfect Bow:

Begin by bringing the right lace over the left as you would for a square knot.

With the right lace, make the first loop.

Wrap the left lace around the loop and your thumb two times. (This is the secret to a bow that will not come untied.)

Tuck the left lace under the two loops and push it through.

As you begin to tighten the bow by pulling the two bows, slide the right loop over the left and pull tight.

Some tips:

If your laces are a little short, it helps to hold the ends with the bows as you tighten.

If your laces are very short, it helps to adjust them so that the right lace is a little longer than the left when you start to tie the bow.

If your laces are just too short to do the double loop which is the key to keeping the bow from coming undone, always do steps one and two. This gives you a bow that is based on a square knot rather than the infamous granny knot. The square knot always looks better and lasts longer without coming untied.

Untying the Perfect Bow:

Just like its imperfect cousin (which is based on the notoriously unreliable granny knot), the Perfect bow is untied by pulling either of the ends. With the Perfect Bow, however, it is important to make sure that neither end is entangled in a bow. With just a little attention, it works just like the other bow.