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Man Reveals How to Keep Shoe Laces from Coming Apart WITHOUT a Double Knot

Wish we knew this as kids

Hands down, a huge pet peeve of mine is wearing sneakers that have the kind of laces that constantly come undone. Since I was a child, the only solution that I thought there existed was to scream in my head, pause wherever I was at, bend down and tie a double knot. Sometimes those are equally as annoying, though, because they can end up causing the laces to look either bulky or uneven.

Today is a brand new day of revelation, my friends. Thanks to a video from @howtogetlost, we all have an alternative to the double knot, so that our laces can stay flatter and intact longer.

If you’re an info junkie like I am and a part of you has always wondered why laces don’t stay where we freakin’ put them, there is a science behind it all. According to an article that was published on Berkley’s site:

“The forces that cause this are not from a person pulling on the free end, but from the inertial forces of the leg swinging back and forth while the knot is loosened from the shoe repeatedly striking the ground.”


“There are two ways to tie the common shoelace bow tie knot, and one is stronger than the other, but no one knows why. The strong version of the knot is based on a square knot: two lace crossings of opposite handedness on top of each other. The weak version is based on a false knot; the two lace crossings have the same handedness, causing the knot to twist instead of lying flat when tightened.”

I think what it all boils down to is one part of the laces is weaker and that makes it easier to slip out from the knot’s grip. Who knows, chile.

As for the hack itself, I tried it and it seems to work. I must admit, there’s a part of me that wonders how he came up with this but…at the end of the day, I guess it doesn’t really matter. Now I don’t have to stop in the middle of the mall to tie my sneaker laces back and for that, I am truly grateful.

Sometimes it’s the little things, y’all. It truly is.

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