How to tie a Sperry shoelace

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How to tie a Sperry shoelace
Avoid slipping on wet surfaces by wearing Sperry boat shoes. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

In 1935 Paul Sperry invented the legendary Sperry Top-Sider boat shoe. Sperry had a revelation watching his dog run without slipping across a slick dockside surface. He then fashioned a boat shoe with underside grooves similar to a dog's paw. While Sperry boat shoes are worn all over the world, considered by some their one flaw is that their shoelaces can easily come undone. Using a barrel tassel knot is the key to keeping a Sperry shoelace tied.

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  1. 1

    Form a loop with the right shoelace. Hold the loop together with both hands. The loop should be half the length of the lace, leaving the other half hanging free.

  2. 2

    Twist the loop tight two or three times.

  3. 3

    Wrap the remaining free hanging lace around the twisted loop, moving upwards from the bottom. You will finish with the lace wrapped in spiral-fashion around the outside of the loop. Leave at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) of untwisted lace.

  4. 4

    Tuck the last remaining 2.5 cm (1 inch) of lace in through the top of the loop.

  5. 5

    Pull the 2.5 cm (1 inch) of lace tight while squeezing down on the spiral wrapping to provide additional security.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps 1 to 5 for the left Sperry shoelace.

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