How to Tie a Square Tie in Sperrys

A square tie is an easy solution for loose boat shoe laces.
A square tie is an easy solution for loose boat shoe laces. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Sperry Topsiders, the quintessential and popular boating shoes, have been around for decades. Unfortunately anyone who has tried to tie these shoes has inevitably run into difficulty keeping them tied. Often in a few minutes, you are stepping on the laces and bending down to retie constantly. The leather laces are slick and have difficulty holding a normal bow-tie, or granny knot. Simply changing the tie to a square-tie will solve the problem quickly and efficiently.

Hold laces in either hand and pull tight; however, don't pull so tight that the shoe bunches. This will be uncomfortable and the lace tension will be under constant pressure.

Cross the right lace over the left lace and turn under, pulling the laces taught and creating a temporary hold. This is generally how to begin any tie or knot, and also the method most people use to begin tying their shoes. Pay special attention to the right lace being over the left, or your knot will not be secure.

Cross the left lace over the right lace and turn under, pulling the laces taught. This step is what makes this knot work. If both steps were the same, that is, right over left twice, the knot would come out quickly.

Tuck in the remaining length of the laces to either side of your shoes. Alternatively, cut off excess if you will not create a bow-tie with your laces in the future, as there will not be enough length.

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