I learned to tie my shoes as a kid, just like everyone else. What I didn’t realize though is that for the past twenty six years I’ve been tying my shoes incorrectly! I’d usually have to retie my shoes a few times throughout the day as they were regularly becoming untied.
Only after picking up a knot book at an Indigo sale many months ago did I find out that I have been mistakingly using the “granny” knot to tie my shoes. The granny knot, as its name suggests, is not very good. When put under strain it becomes undone and it’s hard to untie. What I really should have been using is called the “reef” knot, otherwise known as the “square” knot. What’s the difference? Well it’s slight but it matters. My shoes no longer become untied.
Using a granny knot to tie your laces:
Using a reef knot to tie your laces:
For a complete guide to tying your shoes properly check out this site. It is well maintained and has step by step instructions (the above images are borrowed from here). While you're there make sure to check out his shoelace site and complete guide to the different shoelace knots.