Stop Tying Shoes Wrong – Are You Making This Mistake?
You don’t dribble milk on your tie.
So WHY do you tie your dress shoes…
like you’re still in kindergarten?
Gentlemen… that’s not a good look.
Shoelaces aren’t supposed to keep coming undone and tripping you up. And they aren’t supposed to form wonky bows that sit diagonally or vertically on your shoes.
The CORRECT method of tying shoes will give you neat horizontal bows that stay tied all day. It’s one of those details that separates the sharp-dressed man from the herd – and a great first impression from an average one.
You spent hundreds of dollars on those shoes. Spend a few seconds learning to tie them like a man and look sharper instantly for free.
Let’s go over the three common methods of tying shoes. If you’re using #1 or #2… your shoes might say ‘alpha male’ but your laces say ‘look mommy, I tied them all by myself!’
Method 1 – The Granny Knot
Cross the right lace over the left and pull it tight. Make a loop on the right. Wrap the left lace around it going away from you. Then pull it through the gap.
Tying shoes like this creates a crooked knot that will come loose throughout the day. Fine on your sneakers when you’re a kid – but out of place on good quality shoes when you’re an adult.
Method 2 – The Bunny Ears
Cross right over left and pull tight. Form both laces into loops. Cross right over left again and pull tight.
Unfortunately this bunny is going to sit on your shoes with one ear forward and one ear back. It’s just another way of forming the same crooked granny knot.
Now let’s find out how to tie shoes the right way. No bunnies. No grannies. No mess.
Method 3 – Tying Shoes The Right Way
Start as before going right over left and pulling it tight. But this time you make your loop on the LEFT – not the right. Wrap the RIGHT lace around going away from you and pull it through the gap. This makes a knot that is even and won’t easily come undone.
You can get the same result by flipping the sides. Start by going left over right and pulling it tight. Form a loop on the right side. Wrap the lace around going away from you and pull it through the gap. This forms the same even knot.
Trouble picturing it? Check out this infographic on tying dress shoes for a step-by-step guide.
So to sum up:
- If your bows point forwards or diagonally – you’re doing it wrong.
- If they sit horizontally across your shoes – you’re doing it right.
- If they keep coming undone – you’re doing it wrong.
- If they stay tied – you’re doing it right.
- If you’re doing it wrong – try making the loop on the OTHER side.
Congratulations – you now have a more elegant, better fitting pair of shoes. And it didn’t cost you a thing.