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Sunday, March 18, 2018

A TED video classic from 2005: How To Tie Your Shoes

Terry Moore* found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way - an example of extraordinary results from small changes.

(Historical note: This was the very first 3-minute audience talk given from the TED stage, in 2005.)

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

From the TED summary
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.


  1. He should have had my grandma. I learned the right way when I was 3 years old.

  2. It's the difference between and granny knot and a square knot. Don't mess around with trying to learn to tie the loop the other way. If your normal approach ends up with a granny knot, simply reverse the way you start the knot with the first laces crossover. E.g. if you normally start left over right, simply make it right over left, then proceed with the loops as normal.