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Ask Men's Fitness: The Secrets to a Perfectly Tied Shoelace

Your laces will never come undone again.

My shoelaces come undone almost every time I go running. Is there a foolproof method for keeping them tied? -William J., Oklahoma City , OK

Few things are as vexing for runners as disobedient shoelaces. Thankfully, it’s a problem shared with geniuses. At the 2005 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, Terry Moore, director of the Radius Foundation, demonstrated proper lace-tying. Start the bow as you normally would, but when forming the second loop, bring the other lace over, not under, the first loop. If, when you tug the laces under the knot, the bow falls perpendicular to the shoe, you’ve done it right.

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