It seems like everyone has their own secret trick to tying their shoes. And while most of us out of elementary school could be considered experts on the subject, one kid in particular might be the newest genius.
His name is Colton, and his video demo has taken Facebook by storm. More than 5.9 million people have watched the Love What Matters post with Colton’s tip for other kids. He starts, with the prodding of his narrator, with an adorable yet brief bio:
“I’m 5, and I have a loose tooth.”
Then the demo begins. Watch:
“See this hole right here?” Colton asks. His secret trick, that he says his friend taught him, involves that extra shoelace hole that most of us ignore while tying our shoes. Colton makes two loops by sticking the end of each shoelace into the corresponding shoelace hole. Then, he simply ties the loops together, twice.
“And then it’s a double knot, too!” Colton says. Once the knot is made, you pull the ends of the shoelaces back out like normal.
Did you know what the extra shoelace hole was actually made for? Turns out, it allows you to tie your shoelaces a little differently, locking your feet tighter in your shoes. Runners who want to avoid blisters are all about the heel lock.
Other Tips And Tricks
If Colton’s tip isn’t up your child’s alley, plenty of other shoelace-tying experts have spoken up about their favorite ways to secure their shoes.
Or if you have very cooperative fingers, we’ve also shown you this method that ties the shoelaces in one fell swoop:
But, there’s some bad news. The true experts, scientists, say you’re probably doing it wrong. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that when we use the bunny ears method or the granny knot method (when the left end is crossed over the right, pulling the left end through the resulting loop, and repeating), the knots fall out pretty quickly.
Instead, they recommend the classic square knot that soldiers and sailors use. Here’s a tutorial: