How to Bow Tie Lace your shoes – Professor Shoelace

G’day everyone, Ian Fieggen here, also known as “Professor Shoelace”. Today’s video is about “Bow Tie Lacing”. Now, it gets its name from resembling the outline of a bow tie, but it’s best know for its ability to help with shoelaces that are a bit too short. More on that later. Now, let’s begin by looking at that on my “Ian’s Shoelace Site”. Which – if I zoom in this diagram – – and animate it for you – – you can see that it runs straight across the bottom, straight up the inside, crossover – straight up – crossover – straight up. And the result is that – – sort of “Bow Tie” outline. Now, let’s – go to a real shoe and show you how it’s laced. I’ve started with the lacing running straight across and in through both bottom eyelets. Now, we begin by running straight up the inside on both sides and out through the next higher eyelets. Then we cross the ends and – run – in – through – – the next higher eyelets. Now, we once again run straight up the inside and out through the next eyelets. Cross the ends again and in through the next eyelet. Basically continue all the way up the shoe – – I mean – this is only a short one but on tall shoes you can go – – continue that procedure as long as you like. Now, what you you’ll find is that this is the most efficient way for the laces to snake their way up the shoe and still contribute to – holding – – the shoe closed at every eyelet. And as a result it’s the most efficient way of – – lacing and therefore uses the least shoelace. You can see I’m just tying it with my “Ian Knot” – the world’s fastest shoelace knot. And we end up with quite a bit of lace left over because there’s none of those underlying crossovers that you get with – – the normal shoe, like – this is the – – “Over Under Lacing”, I’ve got all these underlying crossovers. And by eliminating those you end up with quite a bit of extra length at the top. Now, a final thing is when you have a shoe with only seven pairs of eyelets [or any odd number], start by going straight across the inside rather than straight across the outside and the result will be that the en– –the shoelaces still emerge at the top of the shoe. So that’s it – that’s “Bow Tie Lacing” – – hope you enjoyed it! More information, you can go to “Ian’s Shoelace Site”.

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