Shoelaces As Seen In The News
– Recent (2018-2016)
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
Police: 2 men tied up with shoelaces, robbed in Little Rock home invasion
– Arkansas Democrat Gazette (USA), 30-Oct-2018
"One of the victims told police he was asleep in his home in the 5200 block of Stanley Drive when three people kicked in his front door just before 5 a.m., according to a report by Little Rock police. Authorities said the three tied up the 42-year-old and 20-year-old victims using shoelaces."
Van seized in Rotherham after driver used a SHOELACE for handbrake
– The Star (UK), 18-Oct-2018
"In a statement, the team said: “To say this Bulgarian vehicle has seen better days is an understatement, especially when the handbrake is a shoelace. Driver reported. Vehicle seized.” "
Man sets out on mission to remove sneakers from power lines
– News 12 Connecticut (USA), 15-Oct-2018
"Police say shoes are often used as markers to indicate locations where drugs can be bought.
Book says he uses a plastic tree limb cutter that doesn't conduct electricity to snip the laces and get the sneakers down."
A warm meal, a hair tie and shoe laces
– Arizona Mirror (USA), 12-Oct-2018
"Asylum-seekers who show up at official port of entries and immigrants caught crossing illegally usually spend time at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol holding areas that aren’t designed to hold people for long periods. There are limits to how long children can stay in these facilities. While there, their belongings are confiscated, including jewelry and shoe laces, and they’re commonly given a silver Mylar blanket for warmth.
Many of the mothers, fathers and children that arrived Tuesday had tied their shoes together with pieces ripped from those thermal blankets."
Boy amazingly survives after being run over as he tied his shoelaces
– The Mirror (UK), 27-Sep-2018
"A young boy has miraculously survived being run over by a car after he was hit as he sat down to tie his shoe.
The youngster, who appears not to have any serious injuries, runs down the street presumably home as the bewildered children look on."
DFW day care owner left tied-up babies, toddlers in car seats for hours, warrant says
– Fort Worth Star-Telegram (USA), 17-Sep-2018
"A day care owner tied shoelaces around the necks of young children to limit their movement and gave Tylenol to each child
to make them stop crying, according to an arrest warrant.
Nine children were found in the home, all tied with ligatures around their necks. Police later described the ligatures as cotton shoelaces."
Car rolls after woman’s shoelaces get caught: Arlington Police logs
– The Arlington Advocate (USA), 07-Jul-2018
"The woman told police she was driving home from a friend’s house when her shoelaces got caught in the pedals. Unable to press the brake, she struck a parked car and the car flipped, landing on its side."
City Orders Illegal Parking Lot Closed After 4-Year-Old Killed by Car
– NBC New York (USA), 07-Jul-2018
"Luz Gonzalez was hit while her mother bent down to tie her shoelace on July 1. The car was driving out of the parking lot on Wyckoff Avenue in Bushwick."
Cop’s revolver goes off by accident, buddy injured
– The Times of India (India), 23-Mar-2018
"PUNE: A 22-year-old man suffered bullet injury on Thursday morning after a police constable’s service revolver went off
accidentally when he bent to tie his shoe lace on the steps in front of a temple at Super Indiranagar in Bibvewadi.
Kopnar said, “Dhaware had removed his shoes at the steps before entering the temple. When he came out, he found Kamble sitting on the steps. Dhaware sat next to him and bent for tying his shoe lace when the revolver went off accidentally,” he said."
Shoelaces may be the key to cracking rash of home break-ins
– Fox 5 San Diego (USA), 02-Mar-2018
"CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A rash of home invasions in the Vistas neighborhood of Chula Vista may have a common thread – or at least a common shoelace.
Neighbors say that a red shoelace has been found outside the home of three residents who had their houses broken into, ransacked and burglarized. The victims suspect that the laces were meant to mark the thieves' targets."
Public help PC catch violent shoplifter in Worcester
– Worcester News (UK), 16-Feb-2018
"A SHOPLIFTER was foiled by a man who tied his shoelaces together to stop him escaping from police during a dramatic chase
and violent struggle.
Cox was eventually caught as a member of the public tied his shoelaces together as he was resisting the officer and another man helped by radioing PC Waite's colleagues."
Marysville church fire ignited by burning shoelaces
– HeraldNet (USA), 23-Jan-2018
"MARYSVILLE – A 21-year-old man allegedly started a fire that burned the side of a Marysville church on Friday.
While he was waiting, he spotted a pair of old shoes nearby. He lit the laces on fire, according to a probable cause affidavit. The flames spread quickly, charring the side of the church."
That's one way to stay tied together: Larry King, 84, pauses as his giggling seventh wife Shawn, 58, helps star to fasten his laces...
– Daily Mail (UK), 17-Jan-2018
"Heading to Craig's restaurant in LA on Monday night, the 84-year-old became unstuck when he noticed one of his shoelaces were undone.
Propping one foot up on the kerb, help was at hand when his wife Shawn, 58, kindly bent down to assist him, throwing her head back with laughter as he did so."
LCSO: Man uses shoe laces to stop bathroom arsonist
– Fox 4 Now (USA), 21-Nov-2017
"The report says a cleaning man showed up, found Azcarretazabal in the rafters, and told him to come down. When he did, the report says Azcarretazabal grabbed the cleaning man by the waist. That’s when the cleaning man reportedly took the shoe laces from his own shoes and used them to tie Azcarretazabal’s hands and feet until deputies arrived on scene.
"I wanna meet him!" Lauri Page of Bonita Springs said. “He’s a hero. A Bonita Springs hero.”
"it's like MacGuyver,” Higbee said."
Schoolboy who gets mowed down by a car and dragged under the wheels is saved by his BACKPACK ...
– Daily Mail (UK), 15-Nov-2017
"A schoolboy was luckily saved by his backpack after being mowed down by a car in east China.
CCTV footage shows the boy tying his shoelaces when the white car, reported to be a Mercedes, hit him from the back and dragged him along for about a metre."
Man: Dispute Over Untied Shoelace Led to Wal-Mart Gunfire
– U.S. News & World Report (USA), 08-Nov-2017
"A violent struggle inside a Maine Wal-Mart started with a comment over an untied shoelace and ended with gunfire, according to one of the men involved, but police say a death outside the store was unrelated."
Zverev cheekily unties umpire's shoelaces
– Baseline (USA), 02-Nov-2017
"Fans have seen a lot of strange exchanges between players and umps over the years, but here's a new one: untied shoelaces. Alexander Zverev, after an argument over whether he could wear his watch, untied umpire Carlos Bernardes' laces."
With Dad's Shoelaces, Tsitsipas Upsets Goffin
– ATP World Tour (USA), 20-Oct-2017
"Tsitsipas’ shoelaces on his left sneaker broke from sliding, and by the end of the second set his replacement set did as well. It was no problem for the 19 year old, who had never been in an ATP World Tour quarter-final, and has qualified at his past five tour-level events. He borrowed his father’s laces and went on to defeat Goffin, 2-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(4) in two hours, 33 minutes at the European Open on Friday."
Police: 'Noose' found in Michigan State dorm was a shoelace
– Lansing State Journal (USA), 04-Oct-2017
"The student who lost the shoelaces lives on the same floor as the student who reported the incident. It was not directed at any individual, Cody said, adding that police believe someone found the shoelace and put it on a stairwell door handle after picking it up off the floor."
Telangana: Minor held for insulting national flag
– Deccan Chronicle (India), 27-Sep-2017
"A few days ago, one of the villagers while browsing Facebook, noticed the boy's profile and found an image, in which he
was seen tying [his] shoelace by placing his foot on the National Flag.
Based on a complaint from the villager, police registered a case under Section 153 (b) of Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Insults to National Honor Act and after inquiry, apprehended the boy. He was produced before the juvenile justice board and sent to a juvenile home."
Police: Couple restrained twins with shoelaces, taped them to wall
– WLWT Channel 5 (USA), 11-Sep-2017
" “Duct tape was used, also a sock was put in the children’s mouths to keep them from making any noises.” Investigators say the children were bound with a belt and shoe laces, gagged with socks and duct-taped to a wall."
Vossy’s Verdict: The logic ref bashers don’t want to hear
– Fox Sport (Australia), 10-Sep-2017
"There is another hooker called Cameron who warrants a mention this week after undoing the shoelaces of an opponent in a scrum against Melbourne. Bravo!"
Guess what, your head won’t fit through there
– Nevada Daily Mail (USA), 02-Sep-2017
"With the alarm going off he only had a few minutes to fix his mistake so he got the bright idea of fishing the bag out with a hook made from a paperclip and shoestrings from his shoes. This was a great idea; it works in the movies, right? Nope. He could not get it to hook on his bag and then he dropped the shoelace, which also landed on the floor right by his bag."
Franck Ribery cheekily unties female referee's bootlace moments before slotting free-kick for Bayern Munich
– Daily Mail (UK), 13-Aug-2017
"The Frenchman bent down to place the ball on the turf 25 yards from goal, before subtly reaching over and pulling a lace from female referee Bibiana Steinhaus' boot.
Fortunately for the 34-year-old, Steinhaus saw the funny side, pretending to reprimand him with a slap on the back."
Woman, son avoid Arena blast after stopping to tie shoelace
– Yahoo! 7 News (Australia), 24-May-2017
" 'I noticed my shoelace was undone at the end of the concert,' Ms Cook told the UK paper.
'I thought, ‘I’ll stop and tie it and we’ll wait.'
'But as I stood up there was this explosion. You could feel the movement of it, a blast through the door.' "
Man escapes custody while police officer ties his shoe lace
– Fiji Village (Fiji), 27-Apr-2017
"33-year-old Deshwar Kishore Dutt whose aggravated robbery case was listed for judgement today escaped from the Suva High Court this morning.
The escorting officer Sepeti Tabaiwalu told High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo that he was tying his shoe lace when Dutt ran away."
Shoe-string theory: Science shows why shoelaces come untied
– UC Berkeley (USA), 11-Apr-2017
"A new study by mechanical engineers at UC Berkeley finally shows why your shoelaces may keep coming untied. It’s a question that everyone asks, often after stopping to retie their shoes, yet one that nobody had investigated until now. The answer, the study suggests, is that a double whammy of stomping and whipping forces acts like an invisible hand, loosening the knot and then tugging on the free ends of your laces until the whole thing unravels."
Ian's Comment: See also my own detailed critique of this study, including some startling revelations.
Neymar shown bizarre yellow card for tying laces...
– Daily Mail (UK), 09-Apr-2017
"Neymar has been dealt one of the more bizarre dismissals of the season after being shown his marching orders against
The Brazilian bent down and took an age to tie his laces, subsequently being punished by the official for delaying the taking of a free-kick."
MLS players Alex and Xavier Kouassi get laces stuck together
– Sky Sports (USA), 08-Apr-2017
"There were hilariously unusual scenes in the MLS as Houston Dynamo’s Alex and New England’s Xavier Kouassi got their laces tangled together.
In the 81st minute, Kouassai attempted to nick the ball from the Dynamo man, but rather than continue past Alex, the two were literally stuck together as their laces tangled.
Double hand transplant recipient can now write – and aims to tie his shoelaces
– Daily Mail (UK), 06-Apr-2017
"He said he is improving every week and his next aims are to tie his own shoelaces and button up his shirt. He said he has
already cracked undoing them.
'I think that will be the icing on the cake when I can do my laces, and I don’t think that’s far off.' "
Bus driver pulls over to help tie pensioner’s shoelaces
– Metro (UK), 04-Apr-2017
"A bus driver pulled over and jumped out of his vehicle to tie the shoelaces of an elderly man he spotted walking by the
side of the road.
The man had been walking along the pavement, clutching onto a walking stick with his shoelace untied.
Fearing he could fall and trip, the driver, known only as Jackie, was photographed bending down and tightening up the laces as a bus load of passengers watched on."
Car held together with a SHOELACE travels 100 miles from Manchester to Hull
– The Daily Mirror (UK), 25-Mar-2017
"Police have busted a motorist who drove 100 miles with their car held together by a shoe lace.
Amazingly, the red Ford Ka had managed to travel from Manchester to Hull after a day of shopping – despite the bonnet and
bumper hanging off.
The photo shows the surroundings above the passenger-side wheel being held on with what appears to be a shoelace."
Police: Woman found dangling from shoelaces after botched WH breach
– CNN (USA), 22-Mar-2017
"Secret Service officers observed the woman, identified as Marci Wahl, 38, walking and staring at the White House complex before discovering she had jumped a fence on the south side but had gotten stuck.
Officers found Wahl hanging from the inside of the fence by her shoelaces which were “caught on top of the fence,” according to a police report obtained by CNN."
WATCH: Mario Balotelli Stopped In His Tracks By Tight Shoelaces
– Paste Magazine (USA), 20-Mar-2017
"On Saturday, as kickoff approached for Nice’s clash at Nantes, Balotelli came to a distressing realization: his shoelaces were too tight. So tight, in fact, that he couldn’t continue. The Italian target man sauntered over to the touchline and had a member of Nice’s technical staff help him untie and re-tie his laces. This took longer than perhaps anyone expected, and Balotelli missed the first few minutes of the match while the player and a team of trained experts worked to resolve the problem. Finally, knots were untangled and laces were reunited, and Balotelli rushed back out to put his mark on the game."
Serial petrol thief caught because of his fluorescent green shoe laces
– The Chronicle (UK), 11-Jan-2017
"A serial petrol thief, who targeted nine garages in five days, proved he wasn’t as bright as his footwear when he was
caught because of his fluorescent green shoe laces.
'It was the fluorescent green shoe laces on the CCTV, which the defendant was wearing, which linked him to it.' "
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
"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."
Helen Mirren Talks ‘Fast 8’ and ‘Double Declutching’ (Video)
– Houston Chronicle (USA), 27-Nov-2016
"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.' "
How to Get the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0
– Nike News (USA), 14-Nov-2016
"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."
Ian's Comment: Since the self-tightening HyperAdapt was first announced in Mar-2016 (see story below), 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
"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."
Football: Players get all tied up in match
– Wide World of Sports (Australia), 31-Oct-2016
"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 into stop the attack, the defender's laces became entangled with Loferski's and brought her down."
...Heroic Irishman on saving best pal's life after 'ferocious' shark attack
– Irish Mirror (Ireland), 13-Sep-2016
"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.' "
Mom Posts Video Of Daughter Breaking Zip Ties Using Her Shoelaces to 'Escape from Kidnappers'
– Independent Journal Review (USA), 05-Sep-2016
"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."
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
"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...' "
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."
The '$1,000 shoelace' that fixed DeMar DeRozan's thumb, explained
– Yahoo! Sports (USA), 13-May-2016
"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).' "
'Suspicious package' at Netherton school was plastic tub with shoelace hanging out side
– Liverpool Echo (UK), 10-May-2016
"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."
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."
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
"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."
Ian's 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 story above).
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 pennlive.com. '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.' "
Officer: Shoelace caught on gas pedal causes pedestrian accident
– WRDW TV News (USA), 30-Jan-2016
"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."
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