ShoeKnots poll results
Which knot do you use?
Total number of votes = 1210
granny (23.6%)
square (34.6%)
double (20.6%)
none (8.7%)
other (12.5%)


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.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Massive help.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
25K2GS I really like and appreciate your article. Fantastic.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
It's really hard to understand just looking at the pics... The same lace has to pass through the loop of the other, but in the opposite direction. So eg - left loop flipped towards me to pass the loop will have to be flipped away from me the second time.

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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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