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You've Been Tying Your Shoes Wrong

Posted on 09-28-2016

Have you ever tied your shoes only to have the laces come undone moments later? Maybe you didn’t even make it down the stairs before they noodled their way out of that knot. It happens all the time.

Not to worry. When TED talks first started years ago, one three-minute talk revolutionized the philosophical landscape. This one is called “How to tie your shoes,” and it might just change your life.

Speaker Terry Moore said he bought a fancy pair of shoes once, and the laces kept coming untied. The employee at the store said he was tying his shoes wrong. Terry said, “Now, up until that moment, I would have thought that, by age 50, one of the life skills that I had really nailed was tying my shoes.”

The way we typically tie our shoes is actually the opposite way we’re supposed to. Instead of looping the right lace over the left ear (remember the bunny ears?) from front to back, loop it from back to front. That is, take the lace in your right hand, start from behind the left ear, and loop it forward, around the ear so that you pull the right lace with your left hand.

That sounds complicated, but watch this video a few times and see if you’ve been tying your shoes incorrectly for your whole life!

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