ShoeKnots poll results
Which knot do you use?
Total number of votes = 1456
granny (23.1%)
square (35.9%)
double (20.9%)
none (8%)
other (12%)


Thursday, April 07, 2016
I prefer the Ukrainian Shoe Lacing Technique with regular shoelaces. It fixes all the problems of regular shoe lacing.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Fun article. Ain't physics grand? I use a knot that I use when fishing offshore. It has been tested to be as strong as the line you are using. It doesn't come undone unless you really want it to. Thanks

Friday, September 11, 2015

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Took me time to learn all of the comments, however I actually enjoyed the article. It proved to be very helpful to me and Im certain to all of the commenters right here! It is all the time nice when you cant only be informed, but in addition engaged! Im positive you had joy writing this article. Anyway, in my language, there will not be much good source like this.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Good information and well presented. If anyone has ever sailed the difference between a square (reef) knot and a granny knot can be a painful learning experience.

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Since those days in late October 1999 when the shoe knot experiments were first performed, I have been quick to learn that my friends and I are not the only ones to delve so deeply into this subject. From patents to journal articles, and web pages by others (listed below), there are many people with creative ideas. Personally I would like to thank everybody who has contributed comments over the years as it has taught me a lot. This site has greatly benefited from your contributions.

Finally, I can't help but leave this discussion with one last bit of trivia that I discovered from the "Texas Mailman", which relates to the plastic things at the end of shoelaces.

aglet ('a-glet) n. The plain or ornamental covering at the end of a lace to keep it from becoming frayed.

So there you have it ... keep using that square knot, and may you have many safe walks!

Additional Resources

Here are just a few of the numerous pages available regarding the various aspects of shoelaces, their knots, and the many types of lacing methods available. They cover many of the other aspects of shoelaces that I am unable to fit in here.

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