Shoelaces As Seen In The News

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Shoelaces occasionally make an appearance in the news, where they have been involved in good and bad, happy and sad events. Here's some excerpts from various news stories involving shoelaces.


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News Story Excerpts – 2016

Chinese boy miraculously survived after being run over by a mini bus while squatting down to tie his shoelaces

– Daily Mail (UK), 17-Dec-2016

Chinese boy tying his shoelace as mini bus approaches (image: Daily Mail)

A little boy survived being run over by a mini bus after stopping to tie his shoelaces on a street in east China.

A CCTV clip published on Huai Hai TV shows a boy bending to adjust his shoes on his way to school at 8.00am on December 5.

Full story on Daily Mail website

Helen Mirren Talks ‘Fast 8’ and ‘Double Declutching’ (Video)

– Houston Chronicle (USA), 27-Nov-2016

Actress Helen Mirren on the Ellen DeGeneres show (image: Houston Chronicle)

As Mirren ascended the staircase to be greeted by the president of the film festival at the top, she looked down and noticed that one of his shoelaces was untied... and that's when her maternal instincts kicked in.

“I get very worried when people have their shoelaces undone because you can fall down and really hurt yourself if you step on your own shoelace. It can take you down,” she told DeGeneres. “So as I walked up, I said, ‘Oh your shoelace is undone, let me do it up for you.’ ”

Mirren very gracefully sank to her knees, she explained, “and started doing up his shoelaces, at which point I forgot that all the paparazzi were out there.”

Full story on Houston Chronicle website

How to Get the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0

– Nike News (USA), 14-Nov-2016

Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 (image: Nike News)

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 in Black/White-Blue Lagoon will be available at the Nike Soho store and the NIKE+ ClubHouse at 45 Grand in New York – where consumers can learn about and trial the product – from December 1.

Later in December, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, in both Black/White-Blue Lagoon and Metallic Silver/Black-White colorways, will become available through the NIKE+ APP and select Nike doors in the U.S.

Full story on Nike News website

Ian's Comment: Since the self-tightening HyperAdapt was first announced in Mar-2016 (see original story), news of the first wide release of “power laces” gradually increased, reaching a crescendo in November just prior to the impending U.S. release date of 01-Dec-2016.

I was looking forward to getting my hands on a pair, in particular to see how the self-tightening shoelaces stack up against my own Ian Knot, the world's fastest shoelace knot. Alas, I'll have to wait a little longer until they're available here in Australia.

Barcelona appeal Lionel Messi yellow card for time wasting in Sevilla victory after his boot laces break in challenge

– Daily Mail (UK), 08-Nov-2016

Soccer player Lionel Messi and referee (image: Daily Mail)

Messi was booked during the second half for time wasting as he attempted to put his boot back on after it had come off following a challenge from Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique explained after the game that Messi's laces were broken due to N'Zonzi's foul and that is why the player could not put the boot back on immediately.

Full story on Daily Mail website

Football: Players get all tied up in match

– Wide World of Sports (Australia), 31-Oct-2016

Tangled football players (image: Wide World of Sports)

Gators attacker Kit Loferski slid through the defence and broke into the penalty box only to be brought crashing down [by] what looked to be a crunching tackle.

But on second inspection, Loferski had her run ended by the strangest of tackling techniques.

Sliding in to stop the attack, the defender's laces became entangled with Loferski's and brought her down.

Full story on Wide World of Sports website

Ian's Comment: Includes great slow-motion footage of the players being brought down by their shoelaces. See also similar incidents in 2019, 2017, 2013 and 2010.

...Heroic Irishman on saving best pal's life after “ferocious” shark attack

– Irish Mirror (Ireland), 13-Sep-2016

Surfers Dale Carr and Shane de Roiste (image: Irish Mirror)

Shane's quick thinking kept his pal alive after he use[d] shoe laces connected to the fins of Dale's board to hold his leg together – improvising a kind of bandage until the paramedics could arrive.

He said: “I realised Dale had some shoe laces connected to the fins of his board, and I was just delighted because I had nothing to work with, we had nothing to put him back together while waiting on emergency services.”

Full story on Irish Mirror website

Mom Posts Video Of Daughter Breaking Zip Ties Using Her Shoelaces to “Escape from Kidnappers”

– Independent Journal Review (USA), 05-Sep-2016

Shoelaces versus zip ties (image: Facebook)

In a video shared over 24,000 times on Facebook, Michelle O'Neal's daughter demonstrates how to break out of zip ties using just her shoestrings.

O'Neal's daughter simply unties her shoe and threads one end of [the] shoelace through the middle of her wrists. Once the shoelace is through to the other side, she wraps it around the zip tie and ties it to the end of the shoelace on her opposite foot.

From there, she quickly moves her legs and feet as if she were pedaling a bike until the zip tie breaks apart, freeing her from the restraints.

Full story on Independent Journal Review website

Michele's original video on Facebook

Ian's Comment: Within 24 hours, this video had “gone viral” and had been viewed almost 50 million times!

Facebook photo of dog with mouth tied shut alerts police

– The Telegraph (UK), 30-Aug-2016

Sarah Boothby's dog with mouth tied shut (image: The Telegraph)

A woman has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly tying a shoelace around her dog's mouth as punishment.

Sarah Boothby, from Illinois, posted a photo of her dog's snout closed shut with the string on Facebook, police say, along with the caption: “When you chew up mommy’s shoe laces...”

Full story on The Telegraph website

Disabled man robbed after woman offered to tie laces

– Irish Examiner (Ireland), 14-May-2016

O'Sullivan, who knew the victim, robbed him on Lord Edward Street, Limerick, after approaching him with an accomplice. The victim, who has cerebral palsy, was asked if he needed help tying his shoelaces. O'Sullivan then took his wallet and struck him in the face. He became distressed and was helped by two passers-by, who called gardaí.

Full story on Irish Examiner website

The “$1,000 shoelace” that fixed DeMar DeRozan's thumb, explained

– Yahoo! Sports (USA), 13-May-2016

“$1,000 shoelace” wrapped around DeMar DeRozen's thumb (image: Yahoo! Sports)

One of the stars of Game 5 ... was Raptors assistant coach/director of sports science Alex McKechnie, whom TNT's cameras caught tightly wrapping a red shoelace around DeRozan's right thumb, which he injured back in Game 1.

“I think the first thing to understand is that the process is actually a very traditional way of treating injured fingers. It’s used to create pressure and compression. You start very firm and you actually release pressure as you go through (wrapping it). Once it’s completely covered in the string of the shoelace you mobilize the joint so you actually get tissue drainage and mobilization and you get immediate recovery in range (of movement).”

Full story on Yahoo! Sports website

“Suspicious package” at Netherton school was plastic tub with shoelace hanging out side

– Liverpool Echo (UK), 10-May-2016

St. Ambrose Barlow High School (image: Liverpool Echo)

Police and firefighters rushed to St Ambrose Barlow High School in Netherton over fears the object could be an explosive.

But emergency services quickly realised the package was not dangerous and pupils were allowed back into their classrooms.

Headteacher Steve Hall said the children and staff were “not put in any danger whatsoever”.

It is understood the shoelace hanging out the side of the plastic box was mistaken for a fuse.

Full story on Liverpool Echo website

Police: intoxicated man steals shoelaces

– Delmarva Now (USA), 27-Mar-2016

He was arrested for disorderly conduct and a search showed a pair of shoelaces in his pocket from the Rack Room Shoes store, police said. The store confirmed he did not pay for the laces.

Full story on Delmarva Now website

Ian's Comment: I'm now wondering what type of shoelaces they were that seemed worth the risk of stealing.

Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 Manifests the Unimaginable

– Nike News (USA), 16-Mar-2016

Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 self-tightening sneakers (image: Nike)

Welcome the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the first performance vehicle for Nike’s latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. It challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.

Full story on Nike News website

Ian's Original Comment: This is the first wide release of what has been termed “power laces” since the futuristic concept debuted in the 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II. Prior incarnations have been limited editions released by Nike as fundraisers for the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinsons research.

Update 14-Nov-2016: The Nike HyperAdapts have since been released (see more recent story).

Ticky-tack call costs wrestler a match

– Allied News (USA), 17-Feb-2016

It was at this point Taylor noticed the Bubblers wrestler didn't have his shoes tied all the way to the top and alerted the official, who awarded a penalty point and the bout to Reynolds.

“We didn't put a shoelace through the top eye ring of a shoe,” Wright told “Boom, the official gives the kid a point and the match is over. That's cheap. Let the kids wrestle. That's what it is about.”

Full story on Allied News website

Officer: Shoelace caught on gas pedal causes pedestrian accident

– WRDW TV News (USA), 30-Jan-2016

Car crashed into bushes (image: WRDW TV News)

Officers say the driver's shoelace got stuck on the gas pedal and could not stop, causing him to hit the woman, and then run into bushes.

Full story on WRDW TV News website

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