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My secure shoelace knot was developed by analysing several secure knots
and combining their best features, with the emphasis on ease of tying:
Make two loops and pass them both through the hole in the middle.

Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot
This is a variation of a Surgeon's Knot, a well-known secure knot.
Step 1:

Ian's Secure Knot diagram 1

Tie a Starting Knot as shown, then make both laces into "loops" by simply doubling them back onto themselves.
Step 2:

Ian's Secure Knot diagram 2

Cross the two loops over each other so that the right (blue) loop ends up in front and the left (purple) loop ends up behind. The purple loop is now the right loop.
Step 3:

Ian's Secure Knot diagram 3

Begin to wrap the right (purple) loop around the left (blue) loop to end up in front.
Step 4:

Ian's Secure Knot diagram 4

At the same time, begin to wrap the left (blue) loop around the back. You will end up with the ends of both loops on opposite sides of the "hole" in the middle.
Step 5:

Ian's Secure Knot diagram 5

Feed both ends of the loops through the hole in the middle. The right (purple) loop goes out the back and the left (blue) loop comes out the front.
Step 6:

Ian's Secure Knot diagram 6

Now, simply pull the loops to tighten the knot. The whole twisted mess of the previous drawing will rearrange itself into a neat finished knot. Trust me, it works!
Finished Knot:
Finished Ian's Secure Knot
The final drawing above shows a stylised version of the finished knot in order to follow what goes where. When pulled tight, the sides of the knot come together in the middle and effectively hide the whole double-twisted top section. The result should be a tight, closed knot with a symmetrical, double wrap around the middle, as compared to the single wrap of a normal shoelace knot.
If your finished knot looks uneven or twisted, it may help to pull on the lace ends to partly un-tie your laces; this will bring the outer sections of the knot together, making the inner section more even. Then, pull on the loops once again to re-tighten the knot.

This extra secure shoelace knot is fast becoming indispensable as more and more shoes nowadays are sold with round, slippery laces. It's also great for people who are very active on their feet, such as when playing serious sports or mountain climbing, as well as for yachties whose deck shoes are contantly getting wet.

For normal activities, the Ian Knot or other standard knots should be quite secure. I believe that many people seek more secure knots because they are, without realizing, tying their shoelaces with a "Slip" knot. Please see my Slipping Shoelace Knots page that discusses this in detail.

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