Shoelaces As Seen In The News
– Archive 1 (2009-1994)

In the News

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

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News Story Excerpts

Date Range: 2018-2016 2015-2010 2009-1994

Hiker rescued after falling 100 feet in LA forest

– Mercury News (USA), 28-Dec-2009

L.A. hiker's splint improvised from a hammer & boot laces (photo: Mercury News)

"Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say the man fell while hiking a trail in Eaton Canyon on Monday, injuring his right leg.

He also improvised a splint for his injured leg with his boot laces and a hammer."

Full story on website

– (Original link on the Mercury News website now dead)

Illinois doctor delivers air male

– American Medical News (USA), 21-Dec-2009

Dr. John Saran with several shoelaces (photo: American Medical News)

"After John Saran, MD, delivered a baby boy on a Southwest Airlines flight on Dec. 4, patients at his Naperville, Ill., office started showering him with shoelaces. Dr. Saran used a shoelace and a sweatshirt string to clamp the baby's umbilical cord."

Full story on American Medical News website

Mother shot with homemade arrow

– Argus Leader (USA), 26-Nov-2009

"The boy had fashioned a bow out of a fishing pole and a shoelace, Clemens said, and shot his mother with a sharpened plastic rod."

Full story on Argus Leader website

The luckiest boy in Swansea

– This Is South Wales (UK), 02-Nov-2009

Felix Vaughn and his trainer (photo: This Is South Wales)

"A Swansea teenager who disappeared 100ft over a cliff to chase one of his beloved new trainers is recovering at home – with a new pair of daps.

... Felix had kicked some stones over the edge of the cliff, accidentally sending one his new £20 Quicksilver trainers flying because the laces were untied."

Full story on This Is South Wales website

Broken bench lawsuit can move forward

– The Jersey Journal (USA), 02-Nov-2009

Fitzgerald Park benches (photo: Jersey Journal)

"A Bayonne woman who injured herself after her shoelace wrapped around a bolt sticking up from a city park bench does have the right to sue the city – even though a Superior Court judge dismissed the case.

Bolger's laces looped around the bolt when she tucked her leg under herself and turned around to keep an eye on her other daughter.

When Bolger rose from the bench, her shoelace snagged on the protruding bolt and she crashed to the ground, suffering 'facial trauma' that sent her to the emergency room, according to court records."

Full story on Jersey Journal website

ECISD bus runs over teen

– Odessa American (USA), 28-Sep-2009

ECISD school bus (photo: Odessa American)

"An eighth grader at Nimitz Junior High School was severely injured Monday afternoon after getting ran over by a school bus on Odessa's southside, ...

Chris, 14, said he and Alexis were playing on the sidewalk after getting off the bus when Alexis tripped on his shoelaces and fell under. He said bus 659's right rear tire ran over Alexis' shoulder and collarbone, while his face struck the pavement from the impact."

Full story on Odessa American website

Baby born in car was in bigger rush than traffic

– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (USA), 01-Aug-2009

Taylore Rullo and baby Ari (photo: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

"Just a few more minutes and Ari Payton Smith might have been born in a nice, soft bed in the clean confines of Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland.

But Ari wouldn't wait. So she was born in the front passenger seat of her great-grandmother's Pontiac Aztek, ...

One passer-by – 'the shoelace guy' – offered help.

'There was a guy who stopped who wanted to know if he could help,' Pat Rullo said. 'I was looking for a string or something to tie off the [umbilical] cord. The next thing I knew, there was a shoelace in my lap, and I never saw him again.' "

Full story on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website

Fox steals more than 100 shoes

– Reuters, 12-Jun-2009

Fox culprit in shoe thefts (photo: Reuters)

"A fox has been unmasked as the mystery thief of more than 100 shoes in the small western German town of Foehren, authorities said Friday.

Although many were missing laces, the shoes were in good condition and their owners were delighted to reclaim them, he said, adding that no reprisals were planned against the culprit."

Full story on Reuters website

A lacrosse oddity

– Baltimore Sun (USA), 17-Mar-2009

"Somehow as these two players collided, their shoe laces had become so entangled that they literally could not get up off the ground."

Full story on Baltimore Sun website

Grad student uses unicycle as main transportation

– LSU Daily Reveille (USA), 03-Mar-2009

Matthew Huber unicycling (photo: Daily Reveille)

"But one day on his way to class, Huber's shoe laces got caught in the spokes of the wheel, throwing him on his back and leading to a crash that resulted in a broken shoe lace and backpack strap."

Full story on Daily Reveille website

Ian's Comment: I seriously recommend that unicycle riders adopt Hiking / Biking Lacing.

Girl survives punctured trachea

– UPI (USA), 25-Feb-2009

"A 6-year-old student at an elementary school in Tennessee fell on a pencil when she tripped over her shoe lace and put a hole in her trachea.

School officials said the girl was carrying the pencil when one of her laces became untied."

Full story on UPI website

More records broken in the Guinness World Record pavilion at Global Village

– Khaleej Times (Dubai), 12-Feb-2009

Guinness World Records pavilion (photo: Khaleej Times)

"... 21 shoes tied in one minute by Khaled Abdul Aziz in Shoelace category, ..."

Full story on Khaleej Times website

Iraq veteran relies on guides to stay course

– Houston Chronicle (USA), 18-Jan-2009

Doug Earle guiding blind runner Ivan Castro (photo: Houston Chronicle)

"For Castro, a visually impaired captain in the U.S. Army, a shoelace is what keeps him racing. Castro holds one end of a shoelace while a guide holds the other, and together they run marathons, half-marathons and 10Ks."

Full story on Houston Chronicle website

One of the most important figures in science has at last been honoured ...

– The Scotsman (UK), 05-Dec-2008

Clerk-Maxwell's statue features a broken shoelace (photo: The Scotsman)

"The lace on Clerk-Maxwell's right shoe has broken. As we all do, he has simply knotted the shortened lace, missing out an eyelet."

Full story on The Scotsman website

Patron’s car smashes into restaurant storefront

– Denton Record-Chronicle (USA), 29-Sep-2008

"Andaman Thai Restaurant, in the 500 block of South Elm Street, had its first guest Sunday around noon when a compact car smashed through the faux brick and glass storefront, according to a witness.

The driver told a server at the restaurant that her shoelace had become tangled with the accelerator."

Full story on Denton Record-Chronicle website

Burglar left hanging upside down after trapping shoelace

– The Telegraph (UK), 22-Aug-2008

Burglar John Pearce trapped by his shoelace (photo: The Telegraph)

"An hapless burglar was left hanging upside down against a window after trapping a shoe lace during a break-in.

The thief, John Pearce, had got his foot caught after smashing his way through the glass."

Full story on The Telegraph website

Daring daylight jail break falls short

– Toronto Sun (Canada), 19-Aug-2008

"They had made a grappling hook from clamps and wire and constructed the rope out of boot laces, electrical cords and electrical wire."

Full story on Toronto Sun website

Bolting to a World Record

– Time (USA), 16-Aug-2008

Usain Bolt sprinting with one loose shoelace (photo: Time)

"Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke his own world record in the 100 meters to win the Olympic gold medal.

And he did it with his shoes untied: his left laces were flopping around at the finish."

Full story on Time website

Man hit by police cruiser was tying shoe, friends say

– The Columbus Dispatch (USA), 05-Aug-2008

Boback Pourfarhadi accident scene (photo: Columbus Dispatch)

"Columbus police said the 25-year-old Boback Pourfarhadi fell and was lying in the roadway when Minerva Park Officer Jason Gross, who was driving south on Westerville Road, ran over him.

But the friends – two women and a man – told the elder Pourfarhadi that Boback had bent over to tie his shoelace and that they were waving at the officer to slow down because they thought he was speeding, he said."

Full story on Columbus Dispatch website

Robbing Crew Steals Thousands from Victims

– Fox 5 News (USA), 18-Jun-2008

Shallowford Road house where robberies occurred (photo: Fox 5 News)

"The man says he woke up in a room with about twenty other victims, who had also been beaten and tied up with shoe laces."

Full story on Fox 5 News website

Tangled shoelace leads to a collision

– The Times-Tribune (USA), 24-May-2008

"Three cars collided and a man sustained minor injuries when a driver’s shoelace got caught on a gas pedal Friday evening."

Full story on The Times-Tribune website

Bandits Use Shoe Laces In Robbery

– Local 6 News (USA), 13-Apr-2008

My Wireless store robbery footage (photo: Local 6 News)

"Several armed men pistol-whipped a clerk and a customer during a robbery of a cell phone store that involved the men using shoe laces they brought to the crime, police said."

Full story on Local 6 News website

Meet Mr. and Miss Bowling Bowling

– Detroit Free Press (USA), 11-Apr-2008

Champion bowler Chad Skinner (aka Mr. Bowling) (photo: Detroit Free Press)

"Just before the biggest shot of his high school bowling season, Chad Skinner looked down and noticed his shoelace was untied.

With the Division 2 state title on the line at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights he calmly took 30 seconds to tie his shoelace, approached the lane and threw a strike to finish with a 221 game and gave Pinconning a nine-pin victory and the crown."

Full story on Detroit Free Press website

Dad delivers his own daughter in a van

– Chippewa Valley News (USA), 04-Apr-2008

Baby Nora Weindorfer and family (photo: Chippewa Valley News)

"At one point, he asked a doctor there if they had anything he could use as a makeshift shoelace. The doctor handed him something, and Jason laced up the loose shoe.

It turned out to be umbilical cord tape – the stuff doctors use in the delivery room to tie off the cord."

Full story on Chippewa Valley News website

Ian's Comment: I love the irony of Jason using his shoelaces to tie off the umbilical cord, then being given umbilical cord tape to tie up his shoes!

Bekele a shoo-in for title of best over cross country

– The Independent (UK), 31-Mar-2008

Champion runner Kenenisa Bekele (photo: The Independent)

"The world and Olympic 10,000m champion lost nearly 25 metres as he bent to untie the laces on his shoe and do them back up again."

Full story on The Independent website

Andy's High Regard For Doctors

– 60 Minutes (USA), 23-Mar-2008

News correspondent Andy Rooney (photo: 60 Minutes)

"He did not know how to tie his shoelaces. His laces always ended up with the loops parallel to the shoe instead of with the bow across. This is a doctor who knows how to do the most sophisticated things with the organs inside a human body but can't tie his shoelaces?"

Full story on 60 Minutes website

Ian's Comment: This sounds like a "Granny Knot" – which sits crooked and comes undone – and for which there is a simple solution on my Granny Knot page.

25 years jail for escaped drug dealer

– ABC News (Australia), 04-Mar-2008

Shoelace escapee Chuck Lau (photo: ABC News)

"A Canadian man, once dubbed the shoelace escapee, has been sentenced to 25 years jail for one of Western Australia's largest heroin importations that dates back 14 years.

Lau was once dubbed the shoelace escapee because when he fled the state authorities claimed he used a shoelace to manipulate a lock on a door."

Full story on ABC News website

Bayern keepers hit by illness, shoelaces

– Guardian Unlimited (UK), 13-Feb-2008

Bayern goalkeeper Michael Rensing (photo: Guardian Unlimited)

" 'A couple of days ago Michael hurt his back while tying his shoes,' coach Ottmar Hitzfeld told reporters with the Bayern team. 'I'm confident he'll be able to play, though. In an emergency we'll find someone to tie his laces for him.' "

Full story on Guardian Unlimited website

Police: Woman Tied to Bed for 12 Hours

– ABC 7 News (USA), 18-Jan-2008

Shane Somerville (photo: ABC 7 News)

"Police say Somerville dragged her to a bedroom and tied her to a bed with shoe laces for nearly 12 hours."

Full story on ABC 7 News website

Motoring News

– Daily Record (UK), 18-Jan-2008

"The survey, which questioned nearly 800 UK drivers, found that more than one in seven drivers have asked the passenger to hold the steering wheel while they tie a shoelace or check a map."

Full story on Daily Record website

'Shoe tree' toppled

– Union Tribune (USA), 09-Jan-2008

Shoe Tree prior to falling (photo: Union Tribune)

"For some reason, people tossed their shoes onto the massive tree, which graced hole No. 2 at Morley Field Disc Golf Course for about three decades.

Until Sunday.

Wicked winds knocked the old tree to the ground. It had died years ago, but it was never cut down because of its popularity.

All of the shoes were gone, but there were two pairs of laces – one turquoise, the other white – strung around the branch."

Full story on Union Tribune website

This ref rules the game

– The Chronicle Herald (Canada), 29-Nov-2007

Blind referee Phillip Martel (photo: The Chronicle Herald)

" 'Here's the story that stands out to me,' said Donnie Ehler of Basketball Nova Scotia. 'The refs tell him not to blow his whistle. Well, he blew the whistle and they said, "Phil, don't blow the whistle," but he said, "Somebody's shoelace is undone." Sure enough, some kid's shoelace was undone and he was the only person in the gym that heard it. He hears things that nobody else can.'"

Full story on The Chronicle Herald website

Smashed vases go back on display

– BBC News (UK), 09-Nov-2007

Restored Qing Dynasty vases (photo: BBC News)

"Three 17th Century Chinese porcelain vases accidentally smashed when a museum visitor tripped are back on public display after being restored.

They were smashed into hundreds of pieces when Mr Flynn tripped over his shoelace."

Full story on BBC News website

Ian's Comment: See also the original story further below.

Clinton told to "tie her shoe"

– The Messenger (USA), 10-Oct-2007

Hillary Clinton's shoes (photo: The Messenger)

"Hillary Clinton was reminded Tuesday that even an undone shoelace can somehow be tied to the health care issue.

'We've been at this, in Iowa especially, a year,' said the man, adding, 'And lastly, would you tie your shoe so you don't trip over it?'

Then, proving that even a candidate seeking the highest office in the United States can take a bit of friendly advice, she sat down and tied her shoelace. The audience loved it."

Full story on The Messenger website

Investigation determines shooting was self-inflicted

– The News Courier (USA), 03-Oct-2007

"He took their child’s shoelace and tied her hands behind her back and dragged her into the bedroom."

Full story on The News Courier website

Mahaica taxi-driver hijacked - car stolen

– Stabroek News (Guyana), 30-Sep-2007

"In the vicinity of Mosquito Hall, one of the men wrapped a shoelace around Muir's neck and began choking him, forcing him to stop the vehicle."

Full story on Stabroek News website

Police: Student Arrested After Bringing Nooses To School

– NBC 5 News (USA), 28-Sep-2007

Curtis Hiett, student (photo: Daily Herald)

" 'He had a confederate flag and noose in his car on his rearview mirror fashioned out of a shoelace,' said Dep. Kevin Woodside."

Full story on NBC 5 News website

Probe into Portland man's death reaches conclusion

– The Star Press (USA), 30-Sep-2007

"Police say they have wrapped up their investigation of the death of Paul E. Frisch, 37, Portland, whose body was found floating in a quarry east of Ridgeville on Aug. 6 with a rock tied to his boot with a shoelace."

Full story on The Star Press website

Police release more details in accidental shooting

– Capital News 9 (USA), 12-Sep-2007

Albany Police news conference (photo: Capital News 9)

"It started as a routine job for an Albany drug task force, but it ended in a bizarre scene.

The officers tied him up with shoelace because they didn't carry handcuffs into the field either. O'Reilly escaped the shoelace restraints and ran away before being caught."

Full story on Capital News 9 website

Family Suing After Son Drowns

– KNDO/KNDU News (USA), Aug-2007

Memorial photo of Tayler Loch (photo: Tri-City Herald)

"Nearly a year later, the family of a Kennewick boy who drown[ed] in an irrigation pipe is suing the Kennewick Irrigation District.

Loch was sliding through a culvert with friends in the Beer Falls area off Clearwater in Kennewick last October when his shoelace got caught and held him under the water and he drown[ed]."

Full story on KNDO/KNDU News website

Woman charged with choking man with shoelace

– Daily Tribune (USA), 17-Aug-2007

"A 31-year-old Ferndale woman was charged Thursday with assault with the intent to murder after she allegedly tried choking an 82-year-old man with a shoestring."

Full story on Daily Tribune website

Davis' 7 home runs help secure youth baseball World Series victory

– Dailynews (USA), 06-Aug-2007

"When Devin Davis' shoelace got caught in his spokes causing a fall that fractured his arm in three places, the competitive young baseball player thought he was out for the season.

But six screws and a metal plate couldn't hold back the spunky 10-year-old."

Full story on Dailynews website

New Glover Work Falls Short

– (via Associated Press), 26-Jun-2007

Savion Glover dancing (photo:

"They shook their left hands like maracas as their left feet pounded into the boards, and eased off as Glover shifted the energy to the extreme by performing a running tap for so long and with such intensity that a shoelace came undone on one foot."

Full story on website

Diana's wolf whistle to Simon

– The Sun (UK), 26-Jun-2007

The late Princess Diana (photo: The Sun)

'I jumped off a running machine because my shoelace was undone'.

'She wolf-whistled at me across the room and yelled like a brickie, 'Nice legs!' "

Full story on The Sun website

Boy, 12, shot with fireworks

– Toronto Sun (USA), 19-May-2007

"But the boy tripped over his shoelace and tried to hide behind a car.

As he took cover, he was hit in the back by a rocket fired under the car."

Full story on Toronto Sun website

Man back in custody after shoelace escape

– ABC (Australia), 14-May-2007

"A Canadian man is back behind bars in Perth, 12 years after escaping from the Central Law Courts using a shoelace."

Full story on ABC website

Driver caught on tape

– The Bakersfield Californian (USA), 04-May-2007

Hit & run video (photo: Bakersfield Californian)

"Erica, her brother and their mother were on F Street crossing Poso Drive at 7 p.m. when Erica stopped, apparently to tie her shoes. The mother and brother continued across the street. Erica looked up, saw them ahead of her and ran to catch up.

A westbound car hit Erica and briefly carried her on its hood before she fell beneath its wheels."

Full story on Bakersfield Californian website

Drummer BOBBY JARZOMBEK Breaks Wrist, Is Forced To Sit Out PAINMUSEUM Festival Gig

– BlabberMouth (USA), 23-Apr-2007

Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (photo: BlabberMouth)

"Just one of those things – I was re-arranging my rehearsal studio in Hollywood when my shoelace got caught in the 'U' part of a guitar stand (the part that the neck sits into) that was laying on the floor."

Full story on BlabberMouth website

Man admits killing lover with shoelace

– ABC (Australia), 18-Apr-2007

David Richard Fraser at court appearance (photo: ABC)

"The jury had heard Fraser strangled Mr Moore with a shoelace then covered the body in clothes and bedsheets."

Full story on ABC website

Miami Woman Gives Birth To Son In Minivan

– NBC6 (USA), 05-Apr-2007

Miami baby being fed in hospital (photo: NBC6)

"He needed something to tie the cord with," dispatcher Jasmine Fernandez said. "In a moment like that we need anything we can get so I said, 'Ask for a shoelace.' He asked, 'A specific shoelace?' I said, 'No, any shoe.' He grabbed the shoelace, tied the cord and waited for fire rescue."

Full story on the NBC6 website

Man stops car to deliver his baby

– The Free Lance-Star (USA), 05-Jan-2007

Layla Michelle in intensive care (photo: The Free Lance-Star)

"He laid the baby across Buccino's chest and used a brown shoelace from his Skechers sneakers to pinch off the umbilical cord."

Full story on The Free Lance-Star website

Shoelace costs museum dear as vases are shattered

– The Guardian (UK), 31-Jan-2006

Shattered Qing dynasty vases (photo: The Guardian)

"According to witnesses, an unfortunate visitor tripped over his shoelace and fell on to three Qing dynasty vases, shattering them.

The man kept pointing to his shoelace, saying, 'There it is; that's the culprit.' "

Full story on The Guardian website

Ian's Comment: See also the follow-up story further above.

Harding's Travails Give Olympic Skating Final Spin

– The Washington Post (USA), 26-Feb-1994

Skater Tonya Harding shows skate lace to judges (photo: Oregon Live)

"Tonya Harding arrived late to the Winter Olympics, never completed a short or long program in practice, ended up a disappointing 10th after the technical program, had a shoe lace snap in tonight's warmup, broke into tears on the ice, never tried her triple Axel and ended up watching Nancy Kerrigan skate from backstage, struggling for breath after vomiting into a trash can."

Full story on The Washington Post website

Ian's Comment: This incident was a bit of poetic justice that came after Tonya was involved in a consipracy to have her team rival, Nancy Kerrigan, knocked out of competition by breaking her leg.

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