How to tie your shoes (so they never come untied)

I hate when my shoes come untied. This variation on the traditional knot will fix that problem and looks much better. @stylewithjoshua

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As a kid, we were all taught how to tie our shoes incorrectly. Never fear...I'm here to help.

As a kid, we were all taught how to tie our shoes incorrectly. Never fear...I'm here to help.

This part is right. You should feel good about yourself.

This part is right. You should feel good about yourself.

And this is right. 2 for 2, partner.

And this is right. 2 for 2, partner.

And this is where it all goes wrong. We were taught to take the lace down and around the bow.

And this is where it all goes wrong. We were taught to take the lace down and around the bow.

You wrap it around and pull it through....

You wrap it around and pull it through....

....and get this. First, it's ugly. The bow should sit across the shoes, not up and down it. Second, this is the weak form of the knot. It will frequently come untied causing people to double-knot it.

....and get this. First, it's ugly. The bow should sit across the shoes, not up and down it. Second, this is the weak form of the knot. It will frequently come untied causing people to double-knot it.

So come back here

So come back here

And instead of going beneath the knot, loop around the top

And instead of going beneath the knot, loop around the top

And "pull it through" the same way. Your hand holding the first bow will change positions to pull the new loop through the hole. Your other hand can grab the first loop and hold it tight.

And "pull it through" the same way. Your hand holding the first bow will change positions to pull the new loop through the hole. Your other hand can grab the first loop and hold it tight.

Voila. A bow that rests laterally on the shoe. Looks better and it's a stronger knot. You can do this with dress shoes, tennis shoes...you name it.

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