I never thought I’d say changing how I lace my shoes would significantly improve my life … but it has! Earlier this year, I bought a new pair of Nikes, but the cable-style laces kept coming undone. My new shoes became annoying to wear and stayed beside the front door more than they stayed on my feet.

Then I happened upon a solution: Ukrainian Lacing and the Ian Knot.

Most people tie their shoes the way they were taught as children. But knots vary and, depending on the shoe and the laces, the knot you usually tie might not always be the best option. Choosing the wrong knot can cause laces to untie themselves and bows to lie vertically along the shoe rather than across it.