Shoelace News Story Excerpts
Tangled shoelace causes Madison crash
WGME News 13, Portland (USA), 27-Feb-2014
"A driver in Madison had his shoelace become tangled with the gas pedal, causing him to crash into a truck."
Full story on WGME News 13 website
Video: Rafael Nadal takes a nasty fall and breaks ... a shoelace
Sports Illustrated (USA), 20-Jan-2014
"When Rafael Nadal takes a bad tumble, the tennis world gasps and holds its breath. Did he hurt himself? Did his
"Turns out there were no scratches – just a busted shoelace. The match was delayed as Nadal had to run off court
to get a new shoelace from the locker room. Apparently, of all the things he carries with him on court, an extra
pair of laces isn't one of them."
Full story on Sports Illustrated website
NBA Fines Knicks' Smith for Shoelace Incidents
The New York Times (USA), 09-Jan-2014
"After J. R. Smith was spotted untying one of Shawn Marion's sneaker laces in the Knicks' win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, N.B.A. officials privately reprimanded him and told him not to do it again."
"Midway through the first quarter against the Pistons, Smith unsuccessfully reached for the laces on Greg Monroe's left sneaker as both players awaited a free-throw attempt."
Full story on The New York Times website
Video of first incident on YouTube
Video of second attempt on YouTube
Injured hiker drags himself down Mt Ruapehu
TVNZ (New Zealand), 24-Nov-2013
"The 19-year-old man was hiking alone on the northwest slopes of the mountain when he slipped, sliding up to 100 metres and fracturing his leg."
"The man, who is living and working in New Zealand, used his shoe laces to tie his legs together and began to drag himself down the mountain, yelling for help."
Full story on TVNZ website
Referee punishes goalkeeper after opponent helps to tie his boot laces
Metro (UK), 11-Nov-2013
"With the match between Al Nahdha and Al Ittihad all square at 2-2 host goalkeeper Taisir Al Antaif was about to make a clearance when he realised his boot lace was undone."
"Unsure as to what to do (those big foam gloves make lace-tying quite tricky) Al Antaif was saved by opposition striker Jobson, who, noticing the keeper’s plight, trotted up to his rival and bent down to tie the goalie’s lace."
Full story plus video on Metro website
Burglar caught out by his own sweaty feet after he leaves DNA evidence at crime scene
Daily Mail (UK), 21-Oct-2013
"A prolific burglar was finally jailed after he was given away by his sweaty feet."
"David Wilks, 33, left a small piece of shoelace at a crime scene and police sent it away to be DNA tested."
"A court heard sweat from Wilks's feet had seeped into the shoelace and police were able to get his DNA profile."
Full story on Daily Mail website
Police hunt convicted killer who escaped using shoelace
This Is South Wales (UK), 20-Jul-2013
"A CONVICTED killer who escaped from his custody cell using a shoelace is wanted by police."
"He escaped from a Dorset prison where he was being held for the manslaughter in 2005."
"Four years later Stevenson went on the run for more than two weeks after fleeing from his cell at Swansea's
Guildhall, minutes after he was sentenced to five years in prison for possessing a shotgun."
"He was given an additional two years on his sentence after he inserted a shoelace into the cell door and used it
to pull back a spring-loaded latch."
Full story on This Is South Wales website
Police officer's shoelace favour tugs internet's heartstrings
Toronto Star (Canada), 30-May-2013
"It was only after getting a bit closer that he realized the officer was not searching the elderly man – whom Cassidy
described as having a cane and a breathing apparatus that ran through his nose – but instead tying his shoe."
Full story on Toronto Star website
'Hissing' passenger tied up with shoe-laces after he tries to open jet plane door mid-flight
Daily Mail (UK), 27-May-2013
"Ten minutes before Flight 132 was due to land in Portland, Oregon, Alexander Michael Herrera, 23 allegedly tried to open
the emergency door after making 'unusual' statements."
"The plane's crew and other passengers in row 17 had to restrain him with shoe laces and belt clips."
Full story on Daily Mail website
Design students step into limelight with sculpture at Malaysia International Shoe Festival
The Star (Malaysia), 29-Mar-2013
"The 3m-high shoe sculpture, made of 40,000 pieces of shoelaces, drew the attention of visitors with its colourful design and
"It entered the Malaysia Book Of Records as the largest sculpture to be made from shoelaces."
Full story on The Star website
Man with the world's most advanced bionic hand can now tie his own shoelaces ...
Daily Mail (UK), 11-Mar-2013
"Its crazy I can now tie my shoe laces for the first time in years and play with playing cards."
Full story on Daily Mail website
Video on YouTube
Play of the day: Shoelaces lead to red card
The New Zealand Herald (NZ), 01-Feb-2013
"Roda JC striker Sanharib Malki might be looking to order shorter shoelaces for future games after his current pair led to
a red card in a Dutch Eredivisie League game this week."
"The Syrian player (Sanharib Malki) was left tangled with ADO Den Haag striker Mike van Duinen when their shoelaces got caught
while both players attempted to go for the ball."
Full story on The New Zealand Herald website
Video on YouTube
Duct tape and shoe laces propel WRX STI to second overall in Sno*Drift Rally
Torque News, 30-Jan-2013
"The 2013 Subaru WRX STI driven by David Higgins took second overall in the first Sno*Drift Rally race after being put back
together with duct tape and a co-drivers shoe laces."
Full story on Torque News website
Accident tied to shoelace
Observer Today (USA), 03-Nov-2012
"According to police, the vehicle struck the building after the driver's shoelace interfered with the brake pedal."
Full story on Observer Today website
... traffic ASP suspended after forcing constable to tie his shoelace
India Today, 26-Sep-2012
"Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday suspended VN Tiwari, additional superintendent of police of Traffic
Department for asking a constable to tie his shoelace."
Full story on India Today website
Brock: Shoelace antics led to Suh stomp
Fox Sports (USA), 12-Dec-2011
"So he says, 'OK, every time you're in a pile, I want you to focus on something. I want you to untie his shoes.' "
" 'Anytime you can, just reach in; he's got floppy shoe laces, he doesn't spat (cover them with tape) or anything,
just untie his shoes. It will irritate him.' "
"Brock said the Packers offensive lineman untied Suh's shoes three times during the game."
" 'That's why he stomped him,' Brock said."
Full story on Fox Sports website
Bristol mum's horror as boy's shoelace gets stuck in Primark escalator
Bristol Evening Post (UK), 12-Dec-2011
"A PREGNANT mum says she was abused by shoppers and ignored by staff as she struggled to free her son when his
shoelace became stuck in a store's escalator."
" 'I was desperately trying to pull his shoe off but it was getting tighter as the lace was pulled in.' "
Full story on Bristol Evening Post website
Shoe laces help Wigton's John Millington master RAC Rally
News & Star (UK), 09-Dec-2011
"But the event wasn't all plain sailing – the pair had to operate their wipers using shoe laces at one point after
they failed in heavy rain."
" 'We tied shoe laces around the wiper blade and had to drag it across the screen when the water got too much for
Gwyndaf to see through the screen.' "
Full story on News & Star website
Van driver cleared of killing biker on Bury New Road after telling jury his shoelace became tangled on pedals
Manchester Evening News (UK), 08-Dec-2011
"A van driver has been cleared over the death of a biker after the jury heard his shoelace had got stuck around the
"Stephen Johnson, 54, couldn't get his foot on to the brake and drove straight into the path of motorcyclist Ian
Full story on Manchester Evening News website
Man dies in freak shooting accident
News24 (Africa), 31-Oct-2011
"Dr Paul Möller, 60, was alone at a shooting range on Saturday morning when he apparently stepped on a
loose shoelace and fell down while holding his .357 revolver."
Full story on News24 website
Dravid's shoe-lace costs him his wicket!
"... commentator David Frost discerned that the bat had actaully [sic] brushed against the lace of Dravid's boot
in the willow's follow-through and that it was most likely this unusual collision that exuded the impression of a
thick nick by the ball off the bat!"
Full story on OneIndia website
David Bowie's Manners Won Over Iman
Daily Express (UK), 29-Jul-2011
"I remember once the laces on my trainers came undone and David was down on his knees in the middle of the street
tying them for me."
Full story on Daily Express website
Michael Caine hates shoe laces
Yahoo! OMG! (Philippines), 19-Jul-2011
"[One night] my shoe lace broke. It screwed me right up. I've never worn shoes with laces since."
Full story on Yahoo! OMG! website
How the Markells met: Love at first shoelace?
Delaware Online (USA), 24-Jun-2011
"Host Joe Scarborough introduced Carla Markell ... noting the couple first met in kindergarten."
"Asked what kind of introduction the young Jack Markell made, the first lady responded: 'He taught me how to tie my
Full story on Delaware Online website
Video on MSNBC website
Gosport man gets head stuck in thorn bush after trying to tie shoelaces
Hampshire Daily Echo (UK), 19-Jan-2011
"A MAN fell down a 20-foot embankment and ended up with his head stuck in a thorn bush after an unsuccessful
attempt to tie his shoe laces."
"Shortly after midnight the man bent down to tie his laces at Rowner Road, Gosport, and rolled down the bank."
Full story on Hampshire Daily Echo website
Laces save TA soldier from Taliban sniper
Daily Mirror (UK), 05-Dec-2010
"A soldier was saved from a Taliban sniper – by his boot laces."
"Lance Corporal Michael Davies, 31, bent down to tie up his laces a split-second before he was fired on."
Full story on Daily Mirror website
Beckham's Newcastle ties
Newcastle Herald (Australia), 27-Nov-2010
"Eight-year-old Harrison Jones will never forget the day football royalty bent down to tie his shoelace, even though
the junior rugby league player did not know who David Beckham was before yesterday."
" 'I was running around and he asked me if he could do my shoelace up and I said yes. I think it was pretty cool.' "
Full story on The Newcastle Herald website
Movie prank led to marriage of 60 years
Bay of Plenty Times (New Zealand), 20-Oct-2010
" 'I saw this pretty girl sitting in front of me and she had long beautiful plaits which were flowing over the back
of her chair. So I took my shoelace out of my shoe and I tied her plaits to her seat,' said Mr Johns."
"Imez believes she may have threw the shoelace back at him."
Full story on Bay of Plenty Times website
Teen using shoelace to light candle sets house on fire
NBC 10 News (USA), 04-Oct-2010
"Investigators said Monday that a teenager who tried to a light a candle with a shoelace started a fire that left
seven people homeless."
"He couldn't reach the wick, so he set a shoelace on fire and tried to use it as a lighter."
"Officials said the teenager threw away the shoelace in a wastebasket filled with tissues, which started smoking."
Full story on NBC 10 News website
Things are picking up for the bionic boy
Telegraph (UK), 06-Sep-2010
"On July 22 my 13-year-old son, Patrick, tied his shoelaces. It was a moving occasion. For the first time in his
life he had performed this routine but intricate task, on his own and unaided."
"Patrick had become the youngest of the small number of people round the world – some 1,400 or so – fitted
with the Touch Bionic prosthetic. He was the 'bionic boy'."
"It can lift up to 90 kilos, perform intricate tasks (such as shoelace tying, holding spherical objects, using a
keyboard), and provide a level of digital functionality previously impossible."
Full story on Telegraph website
Boyfriend falls 11 stories and dies after trying to scale girlfriend's building
NY Daily News (USA), 09-Jul-2010
"A man who tried to scale down the side of a Harlem building [with] with shoelaces and a belt plunged 11 floors to
his death Thursday morning."
"Wright tied the laces and the belt to a pipe and tried to inch his way to her top-floor window, then plummeted onto
a second-floor patio roof."
Full story on NY Daily News website
Later story plus photo on The New York Times website
Slide tackle gets laces stuck to studs
Yahoo! Sports (USA), 19-May-2010
"After a horrible first touch early on in Cruzeiro's match against Avai on Sunday, defender Leonardo Silva went in
for a challenge on a charging Davi that resulted in getting Davi's laces stuck to the studs on Silva's boot."
Full story (including video) on Yahoo! Sports website
Man crawls out of ravine after crash
Cowichan Valley Citizen (Canada), 05-May-2010
"When he was going to downtown Duncan his shoelace got caught under the accelerator of the vehicle and he sped out
of control and off the road, ..."
"It came to rest approximately 200 feet down the bank."
Full story on Cowichan Valley Citizen website
Dog mauls boy, 11, in Tieri street
Central Queensland News (Australia), 26-Mar-2010
"A Tieri schoolboy's face was slashed and bitten in an unprovoked weekend dog attack."
"The 11-year-old was walking alone down Pisces Street on Sunday afternoon when he bent over to tie a loose shoelace
and was savaged by the medium-sized black and white dog."
Full story on Central Queensland News website
Figure skater Nobunari Oda dragged down by his bootlaces
"Following a crash landing on the triple loop, memories of Tonya Harding's skating debacle at the 1994 Olympics came
flooding back when Japan's Oda had to stop mid routine to sort out one of his bootlaces."
"With the long laces trailing his boots on the ice, Oda skated up to the judges seeking permission to retie the
offending piece of cord."
Full story on Reuters website
The New Yorker (USA), 11-Feb-2010
"Mandela asked for a meeting with P. W. Botha, the head of the apartheid state, which Coetsee and Barnard finally
arranged in 1989. From an account by Richard Stengel, who collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography, 'Long Walk
"So anxious was Barnard, the intelligence chief, about the meeting that seconds before the two men were to shake
hands, he knelt down to fix Mandela's clumsily tied shoes. (Prisoners were forbidden shoelaces, and Mandela was
long out of the habit of tying them.)"
Full story on New Yorker website
1995 "Time" article, containing Richard Stengel's account
Prisoner used shoe lace to escape from Swansea court
BBC News (UK), 04-Jan-2010
"A prisoner has admitted escaping from the crown court in Swansea after using a shoe lace to tamper with a lock."
"The court heard Stevenson had used a shoe lace to tamper with a latch on his cell door during the escape."
Full story on BBC News website
Ayrshire dog rescued after falling from icy cliff ledge
Ayrshire Post (UK), 01-Jan-2010
"Bruno somehow finished up on a precarious ledge in the Galloway Hills, beyond Loch Doon."
"Brian now had to think about getting them both off the ledge."
"He used boot spare boot laces to make a lead, tying one end to Bruno's collar and the other round his wrist."
" 'I had to virtually throw Bruno on to the ledge above,' said the fit gardener/handyman."
Full story on Ayrshire Post website
Hiker rescued after falling 100 feet in LA forest
Mercury News (USA), 28-Dec-2009
"Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say the man fell while hiking a trail in Eaton Canyon on Monday, injuring
his right leg."
"He also improvised a splint for his injured leg with his boot laces and a hammer."
Full story on KATU.com website
(Original link on the Mercury News website now dead)
Illinois doctor delivers air male
American Medical News (USA), 21-Dec-2009
"After John Saran, MD, delivered a baby boy on a Southwest Airlines flight on Dec. 4, patients at his Naperville,
Ill., office started showering him with shoelaces. Dr. Saran used a shoelace and a sweatshirt string to clamp the
baby's umbilical cord."
Full story on American Medical News website
The luckiest boy in Swansea
This Is South Wales (UK), 02-Nov-2009
"A Swansea teenager who disappeared 100ft over a cliff to chase one of his beloved new trainers is recovering at
home – with a new pair of daps."
"... Felix had kicked some stones over the edge of the cliff, accidentally sending one his new £20 Quicksilver
trainers flying because the laces were untied."
Full story on This Is South Wales website
Broken bench lawsuit can move forward
The Jersey Journal (USA), 02-Nov-2009
"A Bayonne woman who injured herself after her shoelace wrapped around a bolt sticking up from a city park bench
does have the right to sue the city – even though a Superior Court judge dismissed the case."
"Bolger's laces looped around the bolt when she tucked her leg under herself and turned around to keep an eye on
her other daughter."
"When Bolger rose from the bench, her shoelace snagged on the protruding bolt and she crashed to the ground,
suffering 'facial trauma' that sent her to the emergency room, according to court records."
Full story on Jersey Journal website
ECISD bus runs over teen
Odessa American (USA), 28-Sep-2009
"An eighth grader at Nimitz Junior High School was severely injured Monday afternoon after getting ran over by a
school bus on Odessa's southside, ..."
"Chris, 14, said he and Alexis were playing on the sidewalk after getting off the bus when Alexis tripped on his
shoelaces and fell under. He said bus 659's right rear tire ran over Alexis' shoulder and collarbone, while his
face struck the pavement from the impact."
Full story on Odessa American website
Baby born in car was in bigger rush than traffic
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (USA), 01-Aug-2009
"Just a few more minutes and Ari Payton Smith might have been born in a nice, soft bed in the clean confines of
Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland."
"But Ari wouldn't wait. So she was born in the front passenger seat of her great-grandmother's Pontiac Aztek, ..."
"One passer-by – 'the shoelace guy' – offered help."
" 'There was a guy who stopped who wanted to know if he could help,' Pat Rullo said. 'I was looking for a string or
something to tie off the [umbilical] cord. The next thing I knew, there was a shoelace in my lap, and I never saw
him again.' "
Full story on Post-Gazette website
Fox steals more than 100 shoes
"A fox has been unmasked as the mystery thief of more than 100 shoes in the small western German town of Foehren,
authorities said Friday."
"Although many were missing laces, the shoes were in good condition and their owners were delighted to reclaim them,
he said, adding that no reprisals were planned against the culprit."
Full story on Reuters website
Girl survives punctured trachea
UPI, USA, 25-Feb-2009
"A 6-year-old student at an elementary school in Tennessee fell on a pencil when she tripped over her shoe lace and
put a hole in her trachea."
"School officials said the girl was carrying the pencil when one of her laces became untied."
Full story on UPI website
Burglar left hanging upside down after trapping shoelace
Telegraph, UK, 22-Aug-2008
"An hapless burglar was left hanging upside down against a window after trapping a shoe lace during a break-in."
"The thief, John Pearce, had got his foot caught after smashing his way through the glass."
Full story on Telegraph website
Bolting to a World Record
Time, USA, 16-Aug-2008
"Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke his own world record in the 100 meters to win the Olympic gold medal."
"And he did it with his shoes untied: his left laces were flopping around at the finish."
Full story on Time website
Man hit by police cruiser was tying shoe, friends say
The Columbus Dispatch, USA, 05-Aug-2008
"Columbus police said the 25-year-old Boback Pourfarhadi fell and was lying in the roadway when Minerva Park Officer
Jason Gross, who was driving south on Westerville Road, ran over him."
"But the friends -- two women and a man -- told the elder Pourfarhadi that Boback had bent over to tie his shoelace
and that they were waving at the officer to slow down because they thought he was speeding, he said."
Full story on Columbus Dispatch website
Dad delivers his own daughter in a van
Chippewa Valley News, USA, 04-Apr-2008
"At one point, he asked a doctor there if they had anything he could use as a makeshift shoelace. The doctor handed
him something, and Jason laced up the loose shoe."
"It turned out to be umbilical cord tape – the stuff doctors use in the delivery room to tie off the cord."
Full story on Chippewa Valley News website
Andy's High Regard For Doctors
60 Minutes, CBS News, USA, 23-Mar-2008
"He did not know how to tie his shoelaces. His laces always ended up with the loops parallel to the shoe instead of
with the bow across. This is a doctor who knows how to do the most sophisticated things with the organs inside a
human body but can't tie his shoelaces?"
Full story on 60 Minutes website
25 years jail for escaped drug dealer
ABC News, Australia, 04-Mar-2008
"A Canadian man, once dubbed the shoelace escapee, has been sentenced to 25 years jail for one of Western
Australia's largest heroin importations that dates back 14 years."
"Lau was once dubbed the shoelace escapee because when he fled the state authorities claimed he used a shoelace to
manipulate a lock on a door."
Full story on ABC News website
'Shoe tree' toppled
Union Tribune, San Diego CA USA, 09-Jan-2008
"For some reason, people tossed their shoes onto the massive tree, which graced hole No. 2 at Morley Field Disc Golf
Course for about three decades."
"Wicked winds knocked the old tree to the ground. It had died years ago, but it was never cut down because of its popularity."
"All of the shoes were gone, but there were two pairs of laces – one turquoise, the other white – strung
around the branch. And what looked like a black handkerchief was actually a pair of Victoria Secret panties."
Full story on Union Tribune website
Smashed vases go back on display
BBC News, UK, 09-Nov-2007
"Three 17th Century Chinese porcelain vases accidentally smashed when a museum visitor tripped are back on public
display after being restored."
"They were smashed into hundreds of pieces when Mr Flynn tripped over his shoelace."
Full story on BBC News website
Clinton told to "tie her shoe"
The Messenger, Fort Dodge IA USA, 10-Oct-2007
"Hillary Clinton was reminded Tuesday that even an undone shoelace can somehow be tied to the health care issue."
" 'We've been at this, in Iowa especially, a year,' said the man, adding, 'And lastly, would you tie your shoe so
you don't trip over it?' "
"Then, proving that even a candidate seeking the highest office in the United States can take a bit of friendly
advice, she sat down and tied her shoelace. The audience loved it."
Full story on The Messenger website
Police release more details in accidental shooting
Capital News 9, Albany NY USA, 12-Sep-2007
"It started as a routine job for an Albany drug task force, but it ended in a bizarre scene."
"The officers tied him up with shoelace because they didn't carry handcuffs into the field either. O'Reilly escaped
the shoelace restraints and ran away before being caught."
Full story on Capital News 9 website
Family Suing After Son Drowns
KNDO/KNDU News, Washington USA, Aug-2007
"Nearly a year later, the family of a Kennewick boy who drown [sic] in an irrigation pipe is suing the Kennewick
"Loch was sliding through a culvert with friends in the Beer Falls area off Clearwater in Kennewick last October
when his shoelace got caught and held him under the water and he drown." [sic]
Full story on KNDO/KNDU News website
Diana's wolf whistle to Simon
The Sun, UK, 26-Jun-2007
"Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon has told how Princess Di wolf-whistled at him 'like a brickie' as she admired his
"I jumped off a running machine because my shoelace was undone".
"She wolf-whistled at me across the room and yelled like a brickie, 'Nice legs!' "
Full story on The Sun website
Driver caught on tape
The Bakersfield Californian, USA, 04-May-2007
"Erica, her brother and their mother were on F Street crossing Poso Drive at 7 p.m. when Erica stopped, apparently
to tie her shoes. The mother and brother continued across the street. Erica looked up, saw them ahead of her and ran
to catch up."
"A westbound car hit Erica and briefly carried her on its hood before she fell beneath its wheels."
Full story plus follow-up stories on the Crimeshots website
(Original link on the Bakersfield Californian site now dead)
Drummer BOBBY JARZOMBEK Breaks Wrist, Is Forced To Sit Out PAINMUSEUM Festival Gig
"Just one of those things – I was re-arranging my rehearsal studio in Hollywood when my shoelace got caught
in the 'U' part of a guitar stand (the part that the neck sits into) that was laying on the floor."
Full story on BlabberMouth website
Shoelace costs museum dear as vases are shattered
The Guardian, UK, 31-Jan-2006
"According to witnesses, an unfortunate visitor tripped over his shoelace and fell on to three Qing dynasty vases,
"The man kept pointing to his shoelace, saying, 'There it is; that's the culprit.' "
Full story on The Guardian website