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January 21, 2006

Ian's Shoelace Site — 'Bringing you the fun, fashion & science of shoelaces'


Got laces?

A sample of the useful information abounding on this singular site:

    Slipping Shoelaces?


    Do your shoelaces always seem to come undone?

    If so, you're probably tying a "Slip" Knot [above] and one simple change to your technique will turn it into a "Reef" Knot [below] that stays secure.


    Note that my "Ian Knot™", the World's Fastest Shoelace Knot™, forms a secure "Reef" Knot!


In shoelace tying as in life the smallest, subtlest change can have enormous, far–reaching consequences.


Consider making one (a change, not a consequence) today.

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January 21, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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The difference between the slip knot and the reef knot is the relationship between the first knot (the one you tie with the loose laces) and the bow. Rather than relearning how to tie the bow -- which we adults do mostly via muscle memory -- the easier change is to tie the first knot opposite of the usual way, then the bow the same old way.

Posted by: Al Christensen | Jan 22, 2006 2:28:13 PM

Worth a second post by BoJ. I use this site for teaching directions or procedure writing in my advanced composition class.

Posted by: Mb | Jan 22, 2006 9:44:39 AM

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