Loop the Loop Shoelace Knot

Also known as the “Klets Knot”, this method makes any regular shoelace knot more secure. Tie a “Standard Shoelace Knot” (or even an “Ian Knot”), then feed one loop through the other loop and pull it tight like a noose.

Loop the Loop Shoelace Knot diagram 1

Step 1:

Begin with a completed shoelace bow, using either the Standard Shoelace Knot or any other method including my own Ian Knot.

Loop the Loop Shoelace Knot diagram 2

Step 2:

Feed one loop into the other loop. In this diagram, the right (yellow) loop is fed into the left (blue) loop, though either way will work fine. The right (yellow) loop is now on the left.

Loop the Loop Shoelace Knot diagram 3

Step 3:

Hold the left (yellow) loop and start to pull the loose right (blue) end. This will tighten the right (blue) loop like a “noose” around the left (yellow) loop.

Loop the Loop Shoelace Knot diagram 4

Step 4:

The right (blue) loop will end up pulled tight into the knot, leaving only the left (yellow) loop protruding. The right (blue) end will end up quite long, so the lacing may need to be adjusted to make that end shorter and prevent it dragging.

Finished Knot

Finished Loop the Loop Shoelace Knot picture

The finished “Loop the Loop Shoelace Knot” ends up somewhat lopsided, with only one visible loop instead of two loops.

Technical Details

Untying the Loop the Loop Knot

Because the right (blue) end was used to tighten this knot, you'll have to use the left (yellow) end to loosen this knot. It's easy to remember because the knot is lopsided – pull the loose end that's on the same side as the loop.

The end will need to be pulled quite hard because the “noose” is very effective at securing the knot.

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