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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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.
Twist the loop tight two or three times.
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.
Tuck the last remaining 2.5 cm (1 inch) of lace in through the top of the loop.
Pull the 2.5 cm (1 inch) of lace tight while squeezing down on the spiral wrapping to provide additional security.
Repeat steps 1 to 5 for the left Sperry shoelace.
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