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TRIPLEPLAY44 Amateur 33 posts since
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Jan 2, 2012 11:21 AM

Keeping shoelaces tied

What do you do to keep your shoelaces tied on your runs and especially your races? I double knot them, but seems to come undone sometimes. I have put them  back through the other laces during a race, but can get in the way of a "chip" for a chip timed race.


Any suggestions?

  • 6xchampsfan Pro 184 posts since
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    1. Jan 2, 2012 5:00 PM (in response to TRIPLEPLAY44)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    Tripleplay44 I had the same problem with my last pair of running shoes. The laces were made from a different material then all mine before. I found if I took the loops and tucked them in the sides after tying them as tight as I could get them they would finally stay. If this doesn't work or you don't like this idea I'd buy another pair of laces. 

  • skypilot77 Legend 1,077 posts since
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    2. Jan 2, 2012 6:30 PM (in response to TRIPLEPLAY44)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    Buy new laces

  • dwm082 Community Moderator 1,063 posts since
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    3. Jan 3, 2012 5:29 AM (in response to TRIPLEPLAY44)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    I use "Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot," as listed on Ian's Shoelace Site. (Yes, an entire site devoted to different ways to tie your shoelaces.) I've never had it come untied, no matter the laces' material.


    It sometimes gets a little tangled when untying, usually because the loose end has worked its way into one of the loops. It's easy enough to untangle, assuming you haven't been running so hard that you've lost your fine motor skills.



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  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
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    4. Jan 3, 2012 11:57 AM (in response to TRIPLEPLAY44)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    Check out Lock laces at

  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
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    5. Jan 3, 2012 4:12 PM (in response to TRIPLEPLAY44)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    I have no problem with my laces. I leave them at home with my shoes! 

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  • Digler Amateur 16 posts since
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    6. Jan 3, 2012 10:10 PM (in response to TRIPLEPLAY44)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    I watched this vid, and it blew my mind... I've been tying my shoes wrong my whole life (and this simple change does make a huge difference):


    Also, another friend has recommended ian's knot (which dwm082 posted), good stuff.

  • wosiii Rookie 5 posts since
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    7. Jan 5, 2012 10:52 AM (in response to TRIPLEPLAY44)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    When I ran in shoes, I used to tuck the lace loops back into the laces in between the two sides of the last, along the tounge.

  • Denise Carfora Rookie 4 posts since
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    8. Jan 5, 2012 7:09 PM (in response to TRIPLEPLAY44)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    Buy a pair of'll never have to tie your shoes again.

  • emmovia Amateur 12 posts since
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    9. Jan 5, 2012 7:35 PM (in response to Digler)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    Ditto on the TED video. It sounds dumb when you watch for the first time. It works.

  • Spruge Rookie 2 posts since
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    10. Jan 6, 2012 7:37 AM (in response to TRIPLEPLAY44)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    Yes to the Ted video, but I will add this... instead of making one loop around your thumb, make two (2).  It really does double the strength of the knot. I have NEVER had to retie a shoe & more importantly - my children's!!!

  • superunner Amateur 17 posts since
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    11. Jan 6, 2012 8:08 AM (in response to TRIPLEPLAY44)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    I started using elastic laces for to speed up my triathlon transitions but now I use them all the time!

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  • Steve Rumley Rookie 2 posts since
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    12. Jan 6, 2012 1:14 PM (in response to TRIPLEPLAY44)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    Superunner may be talking about Xtenex laces.  In any case, these are the best things you buy for your running.  They never come untied but better yet, they never get loose during the run.  Unlike other elastic laces, they maintain uniform pressure on the whole length of the lacing -no tight points and make your shoe an extension of your foot. (I am NOT a salesman!)  Unfortunately, most runners refuse to try new things or don't want to spend the extra few dollars and I still see virtually everyone using old cloth laces.

  • Debm2011 Legend 361 posts since
    Jun 12, 2011
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    13. Jan 8, 2012 4:22 PM (in response to Steve Rumley)
    Keeping shoelaces tied

    I watched the Ted video and then tested the knot.  I tied one shoelace using the Ted method and the other my usual way.  Halfwy through my shopping trip my right lace was almost undone but my  left lace was snug as could be.  I thought it was bunk until I tested it, but it really worked.  I haven't tried it on a run yet, but I will.  I'll also try the Ian method and see if that works better.  Who knew?

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