This shoelace hack will save you a world of grief

A surgeon’s knot and lip balm for a super secure bow that can last all
day.
A surgeon’s knot and lip balm for a super secure bow that can last all day. Photo: Shutterstock

It's annoying enough as an adult to have shoes that keep untying, but when kids' shoes come undone all the time, it's a monumental challenge – especially if they're not great at tying them back up themselves yet.

My son's school shoes have a habit of untying the minute he walks through the school gates. At least, they did, until we tried this genius hack.

The trick, revealed on today.com, is two-fold. First, you use a tying method known as the "surgeon's knot", and then you give it a helping hand to stay in place with help from a standard household product: lip balm.

It sounds a little bit odd, but it works. The lip balm creates friction at the site of the knot and stops the laces from sliding against each other. You have to see it to believe it.

What you'll need:

  • Shoes with laces
  • Lip balm

Directions:

  1. Start lacing up the shoes as you usually would by tying a simple knot – fold the left lace over the right and pull towards the foot. 
  2. This is where you add the lip balm – give the laces a generous coating around the site of where you'll tie the bow.
  3. Make a loop and pull the lace through as you usually would, but don't tighten it yet.
  4. Loop the same side around for a second time to make it really secure.
  5. Pull both loops to tighten the knot.

And there you have it! A surgeon's knot and lip balm for a super secure bow that can last all day.