Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes


Terry Moore is the director of the Radius Foundation, a forum for exploring and gaining insight from different worldviews


At 50 yrs old, Terry discovered he (and most people) have learned to tie their shoes wrong. If you pull on the laces at the base of the knot, the incorrect common knot will turn vertically along the shoe. This is a weaker form of the bow.

The key is when turning around the loop, go the opposite way to normal. This will yield a stronger knot, and will make it align across the shoe.

As Terry concludes, sometimes a small advantage sometime in life will yield extraordinary results.

3 thoughts on “Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes

  1. This is by far and away the DUMBEST thing I’ve ever seen. He invents a whole new way to ties your shoes because the if you tie them one way, the “bow” points “north & south,” rather than “east & west” (across the shoe.) Here’s a MUCH simpler way to fix that…if you find fixing is necessary. If your bows end up north/south, here’s what you do: When you make the first big X, as you begin tying, you’re going either right OVER left or vice versa. If your bow is north/south, simply switch the way you make your X. Done deal. Easy peasy.

  2. I just tried your suggestion twice and I still get ‘north south’ bows.
    The knot he uses is much more secure, I don’t have to tie the bows together to keep it from unraveling during the day.
    Cons: You have to make sure the ends are longer than the bows as they have a tendency to get stuck in the bow when untying.

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