Shoelaces As Seen In The News

In the News

Shoelaces occasionally make an appearance in the news, where they have been involved in good and bad, happy and sad events. Here's some excerpts from various news stories involving shoelaces.

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News Story Excerpts – 2021

Andy Murray ties wedding ring to his shoelace AGAIN after it turned up at hotel's LOST AND FOUND

– Daily Mail (UK), 09-Oct-2021

Andy Murray's tennis shoes + wedding ring (image: Getty Images)

• The former world number one left his wedding band tied to a pair of shoes he left under his car, hoping they would dry in time for his BNP Paribas Open debut

• The 34-year-old was about to call the police when the shoes and ring turned up

• He went on to beat Adrian Mannarino in their first-round match in California

Full story on Daily Mail website

Andy Murray loses wedding ring after tying it to shoe laces on stolen trainers

– Metro (UK), 07-Oct-2021

Andy Murray giving a thumbs-down (image: Instagram)

The British star explained he left his tennis shoes outside, underneath his car to dry out overnight – but they were nowhere to be seen when he returned in the morning.

And it was only when his physio asked about his wedding band that he realised he had left the ring tied to his shoes.

I basically tie my wedding ring to my tennis shoes while I’m playing because I can’t play with it on my hand.

Full story on Metro website

Watch moment Ibrahimovic scores with laces undone after he stops tying shoes to make a run into goalmouth for AC Milan

– The Sun (UK), 14-Sep-2021

Zlatan Ibrahimovic taps in with laces undone (image: Twitter)

AC MILAN striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic channelled his inner Usain Bolt after scoring on his return to first-team action.

Such was the speed of Milan's transition from defence to attack, Ibrahimovic had to stop tying his laces to provide an outlet for Ante Rebic.

The former Barcelona centre-forward could be seen down on one knee, before quickly getting up and sprinting to the box where he tapped home into an empty net.

Full story on The Sun website

Shoelace trips up inmate's escape from justice in Stephens County

– The Lawton Constitution (USA), 05-Aug-2021

Stephens County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Carroll went in search of Martinez. He said he checked out an abandoned house at 109 S. 13th and then went out back. A dog barking nearby led to a sight.

A handcuffed and belly-chained Martinez was found hanging upside down with his left shoe’s shoelaces caught on the top of the chain link fence, the affidavit states. Carroll said it appeared his being unable to use his hands created the calamity that led to Martinez’s capture. A deputy had to cut his shoelaces to free him.

Full story on The Lawton Constitution website

Ricky Gervais in 'agony' over back injury after tying up shoelace

– Yahoo Life (UK), 27-Jul-2021

Ricky Gervais (image: Bang Showbiz)

Ricky Gervais' partner had to help him to dress after he put his back out tying a shoelace.

The 'After Life' star was left in “agony” after he tweaked an old back injury over the weekend while he was out running, and he was in so much pain he was tempted to lie down on the floor and scream for someone to call him an ambulance.

He said: “I'm in a bad way, went for a run at four, tied my shoe up and my back went. Agony.”

Full story on Yahoo Life website

Tying shoelaces may have saved her life

– The Gisborne Herald (New Zealand), 22-Jul-2021

Car after crashing through fences of two Rutene Road properties. (image: Sophie Rishworth)

A woman was seconds from being hit by an out-of-control car which crashed through fences of two Rutene Road properties last night.

An owner of one of the properties said his friend had just left his house when the crash happened right in front of her.

“She was tying her shoelaces and was about to walk that way. It narrowly missed her car, which was where she was heading.”

“She was very close to being fatally hurt. We are counting our lucky stars this morning.”

Full story on The Gisborne Herald website

Roz Purcell comes clean on how she really broke her leg

– Extra (Ireland), 30-May-2021

Roz Purcell with broken leg (image: Instagram/rozannapurcell)

Speaking to the camera, the 30-year-old said: “I don’t think I ever went into detail about my fall because I just was like... It was just a really unfortunate fall”.

“I actually tripped over my lace. So you know when you were younger and your parents would be like, ‘make sure you tie your laces, tie that lace or you’ll break your leg’? I am actually going to be the one parent that it happened to, who says it to their kid”.

Full story on Extra website

Mum has bag snatched as she ties son's shoelaces whilst out shopping in Rhyl

– Rhyl Journal (UK), 27-May-2021

Rhyl town centre (image: Rhyl Journal)

A mother was out shopping with her son in #Rhyl. She bent down to tie her sons shoe laces and placed her bag on the floor behind her. Afterwards she turned around and her bag had been stolen.

Full story on Rhyl Journal website

Schoolgirl forced to go barefoot in school yard after wearing green laces

– The Northern Echo (UK), 20-May-2021

Isabella Barron's boots with green laces (image: The Northern Echo)

A NINE-year-old pupil was forced to go bare foot at school and in the yard, after she was made to take her black boots off because they had green laces.

Last Thursday, Isabella Barron went to school at Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy in Norton, Stockton, with black boots with green laces in (pictured).

Isabella's grandmother, Paula Brady, said: “They [the school] were not happy about her laces and phoned her mam to come to the school and change them, but she could not get up to the school so the teacher decided to remove her boots and left her all day with nothing on her feet. All over green laces, she is so upset that she doesn't want to go back to school.”

Full story on The Northern Echo website

Ian's Comment: Interesting to see the somewhat unusual Loop Back Lacing on Isabella's boots.

Robbers raid service stations

– The Herald (Zimbabwe), 05-Mar-2021

Bulawayo service station (image: The Herald)

In the second case, three men armed with pistols raided Amakhosi Service Station along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road at around 11pm. Sources said two fuel attendants and a security guard at Amakhosi Service Station were confronted by the gang that demanded cash at gunpoint.

They then tied them with shoe laces before serving motorists and collecting cash for about three hours. The exact amount of money they took could not be established including the quantities of the fuel they sold.

Full story on The Herald website

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