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Here's some links to other shoelace and knot related web sites. Providing links
is good "Netiquette", enabling the Internet to effectively become its own index.

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Knot Links
In no particular order of preference or importance.
Peter Suber's Knots on the Web:
http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/knotlink.htm
Peter has the most incredible collection of knot links I have ever seen; whether it be knots for shoelaces, boating, fishing, climbing, surgery, art, craft, theory, you name it! If you're interested in anything to do with knots, this page is well worth a visit.
International Guild of Knot Tyers:
http://www.igkt.net
To paraphrase their site: "This is an association of people with interests in knots and knotting techniques of all kinds. It's members include academics, surgeons, sailors, sportsmen and women, scouters, magicians, farmers, miners and accountants. The site contains a wealth of information for anyone interested in knotting.
Tie Your Shoe:
http://www.netrover.com/~kingskid/shoeja.html
Whilst my shoelace pages are really more suited to adults, primary school teacher John Rickey's educational site includes this shoelace tying page for young children, using a cute animated poem and background music to make it fun and easier to remember.
Shoe Tying Ideas:
http://www.fcsweb.net/teachers/mwilliamson/units/shoe_tying_ideas.htm
This educational site is aimed at teachers, and includes some great ideas, games and songs for teaching young children to tie their shoelaces.
Tying Shoes: Collection of Songs and Poems:
http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/1952.html
This page on the Teachers.net site is great for picking up memorable songs and poems to make the process of learning shoelace tying easier for young kids. I'll have to develop one for my Ian Knot, I guess!
Creating Rainbow Shoelaces with Pom Poms:
http://www.caron-net.com/kidfiles/kidsept.html
This page on The CARON Collection's thread site shows a way of creating some fun, colourful laces with pom-pom ends for a kid's (or a playful adult's) shoes.
The FreedomKnot page:
http://www.freedomknot.com
This page uses some fun graphics and rhymes to demonstrate the "FreedomKnot", a more secure shoelace bow based on the "Surgeon's Knot". I've reproduced this knot on my own FreedomKnot page so that you can compare it to the other knots on my web site. It is one of the knots on which my own Secure Knot is based.
"Tibetan Trekking" Shoelace Tying Technique:
http://www.becomingtheparent.com/all/subsection15.html
This page demonstrates the traditional method of tying a "Surgeon's Knot" by passing the loop through a second time. My own Secure Knot is a further refinement that forms the identical knot a little more evenly.
The Better Bow:
http://www.dsiegel.com/tips/wonk10/bow.html
This page demonstrates another technique of wrapping around twice to form a more secure knot.
Perrys Shoelace Knotting Pages:
http://web.ukonline.co.uk/glennbarcham/Shoe/knot1.htm
Like my site, Perry's Pages show several standard and alternative knots, including "Perry's Perpetual Knot", a variant of the "Blood Knot". This is a very difficult knot to master, but its advantage is that it only needs to be tied once, after which it can be loosened and re-tightened many times.
Greg Smith's shoelace page:
http://www.u.arizona.edu/~gasmith/knots/knots.html
Greg demonstrates the difference between a secure knot and a slip knot, which gave me the inspiration for my own Slipping Knots page. If you can't follow my explanations, Greg's page could be worth a visit.
Howard Cheng's knot:
http://www.cs.uleth.ca/~cheng/tieshoes.html
Howard has an unusual shoelace technique that does each bow individually, ending up with a knot that, if subjected to an accident tug, is likely to remain half tied. My partner's boss also ties his shoelace knot something like this.
NBPEPA - One-Handed Tying Shoe Trick:
http://www.nbpepa.org/tyingshoes.htm
This page, on the National Brachial Plexus/Erb's Palsy Association's site, shows a technique of lacing shoes that allows for one-handed tying.
(For me, the images don't seem to load on this page, but it may work for you)
Tying Shoes with One Hand / Arm:
One Hand: http://www.amp-info.net/jenny-1.htm
One Arm: http://www.amp-info.net/jenny-2.htm
Jenny Stemack, who was born with one hand, shows how she ties her shoelaces with either one hand, using the crook of her other arm to hold the other lace taut, or with one arm by stepping on the other lace.
Double Helix Lacing Method:
http://www.lukefisher.com/lacing
Monte Fisher has developed and patented a method of lacing shoes, especially boots, that makes them easier and faster to tighten and loosen.
How to lace a Dehner 9 Eyelet Boot:
http://www.dehner.com/dehner/lace.html
The Dehner 9 eyelet Field Boots and Bal-Patrol Boots are unusual in that the widest part of the boot that pulls together is in the middle of the lacing rather than at the top. This page shows how to run the laces in order to finish with the lace ends emerging from the middle set of eyelets.
Bootdog's Boot Lacing Page:
http://www.bootdog.com/lacing.html
In Bootdog's own words: "In which I go completely frit and try to be `artistic' with my Corcorans". This page has the most detailed instructions and diagrams on several boot lacing methods plus photos of the finished product. You can also check out Bootdog's main page: (http://www.bootdog.com) for all sorts of other boot info.
Boot Lacing ASCII Illustrations:
http://www.chaosreigns.com/lacing.html
Darxus uses the simple yet effective mode of ASCII art to illustrate a couple of ways of lacing boots.
Shoelaces Parable:
http://www.kevinfitzmaurice.com/response_shoelaces_parable.htm
Kevin FitzMaurice's self help site uses an interesting parable about the difficulty of learning a hypothetical new shoelace knot (and un-learning your old knot) as an analogy for the difficulties you would face changing any of your life habits. It was fascinating to see how closely his ideas mirrored my own real-life experience.
The Reef Knot Family:
http://www.geocities.com/roo_two/reefknot.html
In addition to the two common knots ("Reef" and "Granny") covered on both Greg Smith's and my own Slipping Knots page, this page describes another two visually similar knots ("Thief" and "Grief").
Shoe Lacing Article:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2002/12/10/MN189934.DTL
In 2002, Burkard Polster published some mathematical research into the huge number of ways of lacing shoes. This spawned a number of articles, one of the most informative and readable of which is reproduced here on the San Francisco Chronicle's web site.
When did your child learn to tie his own shoes?:
http://www.parentcenter.com/poll/parenting/development/25900.html
When I last looked, this poll showed that 41% of children were aged 6 or over when they learned to tie their shoes! Thanks to velcro and other alternatives, kids have been able to get away without shoelace knots for much longer than they did when I was a kid.
Shoe Lacing for Problem Feet:
http://walking.about.com/library/weekly/aa120600b.htm
On this page, Wendy Bumgardner presents a few specialised lacing techniques for problem feet.

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or if you have another link you would like added to the list.

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