Earlier this week, my father was lamenting the fact that his boot laces keep coming undone. This is apparently a particular problem when the boot laces in question are under a pair of gaiters, but I personally think it must be mighty annoying at any time.
It turns out, after a swift inspection, that the man has been tying his laces incorrectly for the better part of 60 years. It reminded me of a similar situation during lab coffee in which a former colleague was expressing frustration over his new shoes (ostensibly the same as an old pair) with laces that came undone.
I here pass on that same information, with which I enlightened my dear father, my colleague and about half the others that happened to be present during that particular coffee break that were failing to tie their laces correctly, as a late Christmas present to any readers that may be about:
The loops of your laces in the tied knot should be parallel with the lace as it enters the knot (or balanced), and not at an angle (or unbalanced).
I came across this information at the marvellously geeky Ian’s Shoelace Site. The particular page in question is on slipping shoelaces, which will give you all the details and the photos describing what the problem is and how to get around it.
For all those that previously tied unbalanced shoelace knots, bask in your new found delight of shoelaces that don’t come undone.