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September 10, 2010 8:34 PM   Subscribe

How To Tie Your Shoes. A video in the spirit of How to Eat a Chicken Wing. Bonus - it's also pretty funny. [SLYT]
posted by Slap*Happy (26 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
I was sitting here with my deck shoes on, no shoe laces. So, I went out into the foyer, grabbed a tennis shoe and checked out my method. I tied that initial simple step, as they did in the video, then did a standard tie....took about a second, maybe two (i'm old and it's 11:44 pm, cut me some slack!).

I went back and put the shoe in the foyer, put the deck shoes back on...

So, why is this here?
posted by HuronBob at 8:46 PM on September 10, 2010


So I can stand on your lawn with swiftly tied shoes.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:48 PM on September 10, 2010 [6 favorites]


You'll all be thanking slap*happy in twenty years time when you've saved hundreds and hundreds of seconds.
posted by stavrogin at 8:50 PM on September 10, 2010


"You'll all"

explain that to me.
posted by HuronBob at 9:02 PM on September 10, 2010


That's an Ian knot. I've been using it for ages.
posted by yeolcoatl at 9:08 PM on September 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


If you don't have time to sit down and tie your shoes, learning how to tie your shoes a few seconds quicker won't improve your life.
posted by LoudMusic at 9:22 PM on September 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


My favorite shoe tying 'hack' is the reef knot, demonstrated here by Put This On.
posted by lholladay at 9:26 PM on September 10, 2010


"You'll all"

explain that to me.

Uh, "you will all". As in, the people reading metafilter who view the video. Did you run out of miralax, Mr. Crankypants?
posted by stavrogin at 9:29 PM on September 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


My favorite shoelace based endeavour has to be this website dedicated to fancy shoelace designs.
posted by msbutah at 9:38 PM on September 10, 2010


"you will all" Well, hell, if someone means "you will all" they should say "you'll all will" or, more correctly "y'all all will", but, let's face it, "you'll all" is sort of redundant south-talk that doesn't make much sense. just saying.

/going to bed now!
posted by HuronBob at 10:00 PM on September 10, 2010


You'll all apparently be rather confused about contractions.
posted by Scattercat at 10:03 PM on September 10, 2010


That's an Ian knot. I've been using it for ages.

No, that's not an "Ian knot". I learned from a friend (in 1983) who learned it from his dad (circa 1970) who learned in the Chinese Navy (circa 1950).
posted by erniepan at 10:08 PM on September 10, 2010


"you will all" Well, hell, if someone means "you will all" they should say "you'll all will" or, more correctly "y'all all will", but, let's face it, "you'll all" is sort of redundant south-talk that doesn't make much sense. just saying.

Uh, no.
posted by Forktine at 10:25 PM on September 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


I tie my shoelaces bunny-bunny, and none of your fancy new-fangled whizzamaroles are gonna stop me!
posted by rifflesby at 10:49 PM on September 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


That episode of Put This On might be the most akward thing I've seen in weeks. And I have looked in the mirror a fair number of times this week alone.
posted by Uncle at 10:54 PM on September 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


For beginners.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:20 PM on September 10, 2010


This was an interesting video, but to be honest, I've actually become much more interested in HuronBob's inability to parse basic grammar.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:20 AM on September 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


As a mother of a kid who is shoe-tying challenged, I appreciated this video and the others added in the comments. But what's with the "Put this On" guys and their lack of expression? Mono toned, no facial movement drones, or what? I couldn't watch it to the end.

PS. Always enjoy the grumpy grammar arguments having nothing to do with the topic at hand. Now I fear I've made some grammatical error, or typo.
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen at 6:22 AM on September 11, 2010


There is a one to one correlation between my ability to parse basic grammar and something else. However, we don't know what that something else is.

/has coffee now, things will be better soon.
posted by HuronBob at 6:24 AM on September 11, 2010


That episode of Put This On might be the most awesome thing I've seen in weeks. And I have looked in the mirror a fair number of times this week alone.
posted by scrowdid at 7:41 AM on September 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


My favorite shoe tying 'hack' is the reef knot, demonstrated here by Put This On.

That episode of Put This On might be the most akward thing I've seen in weeks.


That's because it tells you to reverse how you've been tying your bows for years, which is very awkward. If you simply reverse your initial overhand knot (which is far easier) and leave the second bow knot alone, you achieve the same result without reliving kindergarten struggles.
posted by Camofrog at 8:23 AM on September 11, 2010


Erniepan No, that's not an "Ian knot".

Well I never claimed it was invented by Ian, nor did I claim that it's a knot, because it technically isn't. It's a way of tying a knot. So actually both words of "Ian knot" are inaccurate. But that's what the person I learned it from called it, so that's what I call it, and I don't particularly care about the details of the etymology. I'm not about to start calling it "Chinese Navy shoelace tying method." That's more accurate, but it's also more awkward. We have this ethical sense that things should be named after the people who invented them, but almost nothing is. In practice naming is more a matter of convenience than citation. If someone comes up with something more accurate AND shorter, I'll call it that instead.

In case you were wondering, the original meaning of "That's an Ian knot." was intended to be "That's the same method as the method called 'Ian Knot.'" If I cared about making such detailed distinctions, which I largely don't. Again, the longer more accurate version is also more awkward.

posted by yeolcoatl at 10:53 AM on September 11, 2010


hmm... I dropped this somewhere. </i>. oops.
posted by yeolcoatl at 10:54 AM on September 11, 2010


How to fold a t-shirt
posted by prunes at 1:47 PM on September 11, 2010


I eat chicken wings my own way and I like it better. :)
posted by kayalovesme at 4:30 PM on September 11, 2010


After watching the video: Cool, but I already have a system.
After reading the comments: I have to do this just to spite the haters.
posted by DU at 3:34 AM on September 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


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