Moccasin Knot Feedback
Commonly used on moccasins and slippers, this knot is decorative only and does not hold tight. Two loops are crossed at the middle, then secured with a simple overhand knot.
What Others Have Said
The following are excerpts from some of the many e-mails that I've received about the Moccasin Shoelace Knot – mostly about having accidentally untied the knot on one moccasin and then being unable to re-tie it again with the identical knot so that it matches the other moccasin.
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My wife recently bought a pair of moccasin slippers with rawhide laces, and they were tied with a bow that she had never
seen, one where what I would call the “tails” went forward toward the toe. They've since come untied, and I can't find
any examples of laces tied that way.
She says she's never seen one like it, and that it was the cutest bow she's seen, but aside from that I don't have any info.
– Mike M., Apr-2013
I have a pair of moccasins that I'm trying to tie again, and, if you've ever had mocs, you know they're the biggest pain in the world to retie.
– Philip B., Dec-2012
What about tying leather shoestrings ... for instance on moccasin-style bedroom slippers ... they are not done with a
regular bow although it looks similar.
Since it looks like a regular bow tie, your instinct to tighten it is to grab both bows and pull; this is the way to gather up the slack in the lines holding the bows but does nothing for the actual knot – and in fact probably contributes to accidentally untying the knot in the first place. The knot part is actually tightened by pulling on the loose end and its corresponding bow – this is not at all intuitive after a life-time of regular bow ties. Of course, you're lucky to learn this before the knot falls apart.
It's typical to have one lace longer than the other. The longer side is where the slip knot it formed. Tying a regular bow tie with unequal laces is awkward and unbalanced; you just know it's not right but unless you know the secret, you're stuck.
This knot is deceiving/deceitful; it's a false bow knot; it's a loop slipped into a slip knot for decoration; it's a “not knot”. It's frustrating.
– Stan M., Aug-2012
I recently bought a pair of moccasins and simply cannot figure out how to tie them back to how they came! I really love these shoes but cannot wear them, and when I attempt to tie them to their original being it looks “different” (not good).
André sent a photo, which can be seen in the Moccasin Knot Gallery (black moccasin, overhead shot).
– André M., Texas, USA, Jan-2011
Many moccasin type slippers or boat shoes have laces that are made of leather. They are a little different than regular laces and don't have the same kind of ability to pull tight and loosen easily. Once they are tied by the factory, they are supposed to remain tied as the slipper is supposed to be a “slip on”.
– Alan, Illinois, USA, Apr-2010
I'm 59 years old and thought I knew everything I ever wanted or needed to know about tying my shoes...that is till I recently bought a new pair of high-end moccasins with laces tied in a knot I simply could not duplicate. Did a google search and found your site. How wonderful, a site dedicated to those of us with a desire to know just how in the heck a shoe was tied.
– Wally G., California, USA, Jun-2007
In former days, whenever I purchased a pair of moccasins, the lady in the shop did a very nice knot and did something to the end of the shoe laces to shorten them. It looked always very nice.
– Claus C., Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, May-2007
They ... are mostly decorative anyway, the moccasins not lacing-up as with normal shoes. Not only is the leather thick and stiff to begin with, it makes for a large and ugly knot when tied using the standard knots.
– Donn Y., Pennsylvania, USA, Mar-2005