We’ve all been there – you’re in a hurry, trying to get your shoes on, and suddenly you encounter the dreaded knotted shoelace. It’s a frustrating situation, but fear not! In this article, we’ll explore eight tried-and-true methods to help you untangle that stubborn knots and get your shoelaces back to their functional best.

Tight shoelace knot can be a real hassle, and it seems like they have a knack for forming at the most inconvenient times. Whether it’s your favorite pair of sneakers, dress shoes for a special occasion, or your trusty old hiking boots, a knotted shoelace can throw a wrench in your plans. But don’t worry – we’ve got your back.

Let’s dive into these eight ingenious ways to tackle those shoelace knots and restore order to your footwear. Whether you’re a casual shoe-wearer or a seasoned sneakerhead, these techniques will come in handy at some point in your life.

Method 1: The Classic Tug and Patience

The classic tug-and-patience method is the first line of defense against a tangled shoelace. It’s simple – just grab both ends of the lace above the knot and gently tug in opposite directions. Apply steady pressure and be patient; sometimes, the knot will loosen on its own. If it doesn’t, move on to our next method.

Method 2: The Needle Trick

If the classic tug-and-patience approach fails, it’s time to turn to The Needle Trick, a craftier solution. Grab a small, pointed object like a needle or a straight pin. Insert it into the knot, aiming to loosen it up without causing damage to your shoelace. Once you’ve worked the needle through, gently pull the ends of the lace in opposite directions. The knot should start to unravel.

Method 3: The Ice Cube Trick

Sometimes, a little cold can do wonders for your knotted shoelaces. Fill a small plastic bag with ice cubes and place it directly on the knot. As the ice begins to melt, it will cause the fibers of the shoelace to contract and tighten. After a few minutes, remove the ice and gently manipulate the knot with your fingers. The reduced size of the knot should make it easier to untangle.

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These premium shoelaces are designed to make your life easier, from lacing up your shoes hassle-free to preventing knots in the first place. With Loop King Laces, you can enjoy a seamless and frustration-free shoelace experience. No more tangles, no more knots – just smooth, reliable lacing.


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Method 4: The Lubrication Solution

If your knot is particularly stubborn, a little lubrication can work wonders. Reach for some household items like cooking oil or even saliva (yes, you read that right). Apply a small amount of lubricant to the knot, and then try the classic tug-and-patience method again. The added slipperiness should make it easier to untangle the knot.

Method 5: The Dental Floss Technique

For those who are well-prepared and have some dental floss handy, this technique can save the day. Thread the dental floss through the center of the knot, making sure it goes through the tangle. Now, pull the dental floss back and forth, sawing gently. As you do this, the floss will gradually work its way through the knot, helping to loosen it.

Method 6: The Toothpick Maneuver

For those who want a delicate touch in dealing with shoelace knots, grab a toothpick. Insert the toothpick into the center of the knot, being careful not to pierce the lace itself. Gently wiggle the toothpick to loosen the intertwined strands of the knot. As you work the toothpick through the knot, it will gradually become more pliable, allowing you to unravel it with ease. This method is especially useful for intricate knots that require a delicate touch.

Let’s take another moment to appreciate Loop King’s Supreme Laces

These laces are specifically designed to prevent knots and tangles. With their innovative looped design, you can effortlessly slide them through your shoe’s eyelets and secure them without the need for traditional knots. This means no more untangling mishaps or frustrating moments – just slip them on and go.

Method 7: The Heat and Pressure Technique

Heat can be an effective ally in the battle against shoelace knots. Try running the knot under hot tap water for a minute or two. The heat will help to relax the fibers of the lace. Afterward, take a pair of pliers or a similar tool, grip the knot, and apply gentle pressure. With some patience and perseverance, the knot should start to loosen, and you’ll be back in action.

Method 8: The Scissors of Last Resort

When all else fails, and the knot remains an immovable foe, it’s time to bring out the scissors – but proceed with caution! Carefully cut the knotted section of the lace, making sure not to damage the rest of the lace or your shoes. Once you’ve removed the knot, you can rethread the lace and tie a secure knot to finish the job.


There you have it – eight effective ways to rescue your shoelaces from the clutches of a stubborn knot. Whether you prefer the classic tug-and-patience method, a bit of dental floss wizardry, or the innovative simplicity of Loop King Laces, these techniques should have you covered.

Remember, patience is key when dealing with knots, and having the right tools, like Loop King Laces, can make all the difference in keeping your shoelaces knot-free in the first place. Say goodbye to frustrating tangles and hello to hassle-free shoe lacing.

So, next time you find yourself in a bind with a knotted shoelace, don’t stress. Try these methods, and soon enough, you’ll be back on your feet, ready to conquer the day – knot-free.

Premium Shoelaces by Loop King Laces


Before we wrap things up, let’s take a moment to highlight the premium shoelaces offered by Loop King Laces. These laces aren’t just a solution to your shoelace knots; they’re a game-changer in the world of shoe accessories. With their innovative design and high-quality materials, Loop King Laces offer an unmatched lacing experience. Say goodbye to frustrating knots, and say hello to stylish, hassle-free shoe lacing.

Whether you’re a sneaker enthusiast, a hiker, or simply someone who values convenience, Loop King Laces have got you covered. Don’t settle for ordinary shoelaces – upgrade to the best, and enjoy the difference.

Miles Anthony Smith

Miles is a loving father of 3 adults, devoted husband of 24+ years, co-chief sneakerhead (along with his wife Carolyn) at Loop King Laces, author, entrepreneur, investor, & owner of several businesses (AmaLinks Pro, Why Stuff Sucks, & Kompelling Kars). Miles has been featured in New York Magazine, Escapist Magazine, FashionSpot, Menswear Style, & Men Style Fashion. Loop King is trusted by sneakerheads JumperMan Kris, jumpmanbostic, ajinchicago, among others.


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