How to Tie Dress Shoes | Berluti Knot Method

How to Tie Dress Shoes | Berluti Knot Method

Hi I’m Kirby Allison founder of The
Hanger Project, and here at The
Hanger Project, we love to help the
well-dressed take care of their
wardrobes. In today’s video I’m going
to teach you how to do a new knot
called the Berluti knot. I was taught
how to tie the Berluti knot by a good
friend of mine in New York who is a
huge collector of Berluti shoes. Both
he and his father they both use the
Berluti knot. He’s seen several of
our videos. He also learned the
Parisian knot from us, so every
single morning he asks his son what
type of knot would you like me to use
when tying your shoes. The Parisian
knot the Berluti knot or just a
normal knot. And so everyday his son
kind of chooses, they mix it up and
it’s a lot of fun. What I like about
the Berluti knot is that it is
probably the strongest of the double
knots here, even stronger than the
Parisian knot so you’re going to
never have to worry about your shoes
coming untied. Another thing that I
like about the Berluti knot is it
actually lies flatter than the
Parisian knot itself also. So it’s a
little bit more symmetric. It lies a
little bit flatter it’s a more
difficult knot to tie but if you can
really learn how to do this I think
it’s a knot well worth learning. Now the story with the Berluti knot
is that Olga Berluti who of course is
the famous Parisian shoemaker that
really invented the whole entire
notion of patinas on shoes, she had
an aristocratic customer that had
claimed that their family had been
tying their shoes using this
particular knot for a very long time
and so you could always tell if
someone was a part of this particular
aristocratic family because they all
tied their shoes using this
particular knot. Now that client
taught Olga Berluti how to tie this
knot and then she since has got a lot
of people how to tie it also. And so
now this is known as the Berluti
knot. Now the Berluti knot is such an
effective knot you really just need
to twist your laces once and then
what you’re going to do is you’re
going to form two bunny ears OK one
in your left hand and one in your
right hand. You’re going to take the
bunny ear in your left hand and take
it over the right. Right. And you see
I’ve got these kind of over one
another and then this is the tricky
part. You take the right bunny ear
with the end to the left lace to the
left bunny ear and then you just take
all of this and you just kind of have
to push it through that hole and pull
it through it right. So I’ve
literally taken all of that and
wrapped it through the hole. Then I’m
left with the left ear which is on
the right side and then the end the
other end. And I’m going to take all
of this and again, you just kind of
grab it all together, and then you
just take it with your finger and
you’re pushing it through the hole.
Right. So if you look at the knot
like this before you tied together
you can really see why this is such a
strong knot. I mean you’d get things looped all
over in here. So now in order to tighten this poll
just pull through the bunny ears and
as you can see it just cinches down
perfectly tightly you’ve got two
parallel loops. And what I like about
this relative to the Parisian knot is
it sits a little bit closer to the
actual vamp or the laces and it does
a better job centering itself
sometimes with the Parisian knot it
kind of is offset one side or the
other and you really can’t fix that.
But with the Berluti knot it’s easy
to get it to be perfectly flat down
and it really looks smart. And again
you know as with any type of advanced
shoe lace not it’s all in the
subtlety. Again you know very few people will
ever notice that you tied your lace
differently than they did that
morning. But you know you did. And
it’s just that extra five to 10
percent that really just
differentiates you from everyone
else. So let’s do this again. So in
order to untie this you have to pull
with both laces it comes undone quite
easily. OK so I’ve got to bunny ears
here right. I’ve got. The bunny ear
on my left hand and the bunny ear on
my right hand. I’m going to take the
left bunny ear over the right and
then on my right hand I’m going to
kind of pinch those two together
where they intersect right. And then
I’m going to take the everything on
the left side and basically just push
that through the center of that knot
in the hole. And this is kind of the
most difficult awkward part. Anyway
you just pull it all through. Right.
And then as you can see it’s all
through that knot and then everything
that’s left on the right just grab it
altogether and then just thread it
back through that hole. And there we
go. And then just pull it tight. Just
pull on the bunny ears. Right. So
don’t pull on the actual lace ends,
pull on the bunny ears and it comes
right down. OK. So let’s do this one
more time. So I’m going to loosen the
knot. You’ve got your two bunny ears
the bunny on the left side with your
left hand and the bunny ear on the
right side on your right hand. So you’re going to take your left
over your right and then kind of
pinch the tube with your right hand
where they intersect and then you’re
taking everything on the left side
and you’re just pushing it through
the center of that knot where that
hole is and you just thread that
through. OK. There’s really no secret
to doing that. And then you take
everything that’s on the right side
and you’re just going to push it all
the way through. Back through that
hole. OK. And then you kind of see
how everything’s threaded through.
Again I think this is a great example
of kind of really illustrating why
this is such a strong durable knot
because look at how everything’s
twisted around. Now this is the
secret. So at this point you’re not going to
pull everything. Instead let go of
the lace ends and just pull the bunny
ears tight and you get a perfect
Berluti knot. OK. So there we are.
Here we are on the right shoe. We’ve
got the Berluti knot. You can see it
lies a little bit flatter, a little
bit more symmetric than the Parisian
knot. Now both are great knots. You
know it’s fun to kind of mix it up.
Now when compared to the Parisian
knot, I think the Berluti knot is a
little bit more difficult and awkward
to learn but once you get the hang of
it it actually comes quite easily. So
I’d encourage you to just continue to
practice. You just sit there you know
try to tie your shoes a few times,
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100 thoughts on “How to Tie Dress Shoes | Berluti Knot Method

  1. Would one be advised to get laces a bit longer than typical in order to tie such a knot?
    Thank you for this video; I've been in the habit of double-knotting for so long because of "self-untying" laces and it's nice to find an attractive alternative!

  2. Of all the things I have learned about classic menswear in the last year, for some reason, this is my favorite. Thanks, Kirby.

  3. The reason the knot lies flat is not special to this knot. It has to do with the "handedness" of the two knot steps. This is also true for the traditional bunny ears sneaker knot. Try it. Make your first overhand half knot (the first step) the way you naturally would. And then (with the Berluti or any other half knot second step) try the second step left over right one time. Then tie another shoe but instead go right over left with the second step. Depending on how you naturally tie the first step, the second step needs to go the opposite way to balance out the knot and make it lie flat. True for any knot that is tied from two overhand half knots.

  4. This will work great with my manservant maintaining tension on the laces holding my shoe while I fuss with tying & tightening the knot so that I can get a nice, snug lacing. Too bad that without the extra pair of hands to help out your shoes will be so loose that they'll fall off your feet in short order…

  5. Kirby, I have followed the videos on both the Berlutti and the Parisian knots. The Parisian works perfectly but the Berlutti always rotates to about 45 degrees away from being straight across the shoe. I am using round waxed laces on a dress shoe. Any suggestions?

  6. I have a dozen Allen Edmonds… (probably not good enough…)
    Now I know I have to take it up the arse, and learn how to tie them…
    "How to tie shoes…"
    Has the world gone completely mad?
    Cheers everyone! Have a happy new one!

  7. All I got from that video is that there is nothing more pretentious to call the loop-end of the laces than “bunny ears.” Tisk tisk, that will never do…

  8. What is the ideal amount/length of lace for tying? How big should the "tie" be? Will this know "use up" more lace?

  9. What’s a Pareeshan knot? I’ve heard of Par-izi-enne version, so am I correct in thinking it’s an American pronunciation thing?
    Sorry, just joking . Thank you for explaining this knots construction so well.

  10. this is very similar to the Ian knot, but there we only use the bunny ears to pull thru as you show. And I have found the IAN does not come untied thru the day. There is an IAN app on the iPhone to see all the knots.

  11. Instructions unclear: have to wait till they rot off. Well not my beer (even that is me to bitter): I hate those hard shoes and also collars are too hard on may neck skin. After all those things are to retrictive for me. And that's all for show … In the end there always some untrusty people who look like gentleman but are still inwardly assholes.

  12. “Advance shoelace knot”… LOL. If the zombie hoards are getting close and I’m barefoot, I won’t have enough time to lace my Berlutis.

  13. After seeing this video last week I starting using this knot to tie my work boot laces and I can attest during this whole week of appliance delivery and set-up my laces have not come undone once and my boots have stayed tight.

  14. I like Ian's secure knot. A bit easier than this knot but just as secure in my experience. I've never had it come undone on its own except with thick cylindrical laces.

  15. when i worked in finance i used to tie my dress shoes the way inner city kids tie their sneakers…….my clothes would be IMPECCABLE but i would leave my laces untied at times…..i noticed my manger copying me too lol…….i also would tie my laces at times……ans when i did i ALSO tied them similar to the street fashion hard to describe in words but there is a "normal" way most ppl tie them……all you do is the same thing but wrap the knot around the other hand….for me it was the left hand……it would make the laces fall neatly to each side……if ur pants were properly tailored……the laces and pants fell perfect which is what ur looking for…….laces neatly to each side……not bunching up in the middle……but symmetrically on each side of ur pant creases 🙂 gangsta shit

  16. The old man has been knotting my shoes" together "wrong for years … thanks for putting us straight .. now I can walk without having to shuffle !! … please tell me this vid is a joke ? Cheers from new zealand

  17. I’m never tying my shoes the regular way again, this is awesome. 😳

    Think I’ll try a double twist at the start, just to aid in keeping my boots really tight as I work the bow.

  18. Great video! I am building a business that is almost to the point where I can start actually buying real clothing. And I am a fashion illiterate! Thank you for this channel.

  19. I find the Berluti Knot a lot easier when following this video: I don't know why.

  20. It's a seriously bad look for a presenter who purports to be serious about appearance to speak in an unclear manner. You open the video by saing, "In today's video, I'mmna teach you…" The proper way to speak is to say, "I'm going to teach you." Proper diction would seem to be an integral part of making the proper impression.

  21. That a lot of a knot.
    If you want a really good way to start the knot, from the very beginning cross the strings 2 times. When you pull the strings tight to tie the knot, the strings stay tight and will not slip.

  22. I got tired of waxed laces coming untied and found this same knot on this site: In 10 years, I have never once had my laces come untied.

  23. I ask my son every morning what knot he would like me to use on his shoes , it makes our day such fun, my son is 39 years old maybe he should be tying his own laces by now?

  24. I don't know how I found my way to this side of YouTube but I'm an outdoorsman, avid hunter, and a 3rd generation Farmer. I tried this just to try it and it's the only knot that has not come untied yet. And is easy get off. I don't like knots that take a lot to untie or come untied. I'm constantly around fast spinning objects and plenty of things that can take my leg from me if I do get my boot stuck or catch a lace flowing in the breeze. a simple yet tough knot and this is the one. I've used it for about 3 months now and will never go back! Thank you!

  25. This is the most asinine group of vdeos promoted by an apparant gay blade seeking publicity.
    Who gives a fiddlers damn about how I tie my shoes?

  26. There is an easier way to tie this knot. I used this knot exclusively while through hiking the Appalachian Trail. Shoes rarely, if ever, came untied during 12-15 miles of hiking every day.

  27. Tailor: How much break do you want in these trousers?
    Me: NO BREAK! Have you seen my knots? It takes me an hour to tie my shoes. EVERYBODY is seeing these babies!

  28. @ 3:55 isn't that the case with so many nuances of fashion and dress? I can't afford the finer clothes I would like to wear, but even with a simple T-shirt I know I've done something with it most people never do.

  29. Couldn't see the demonstration because of the printed instructions over the top of the
    visual practical instructions, thus effectively blocking our view of said demonstration.

  30. I learned the knot from this video BUT, I owe it to whoever watches this video after me to explain one very crucial step in this description that is not elaborated upon despite being very important.

    02:00–02:03 " really just need to twist your laces once."

    Yes that is true, however if you twist them the "wrong way" around, the left over right method with the loops (as shown afterwards) will result in a knot where the loops are askew and will pull upwards and downwards instead of nicely flat and symmetrical straight out to the sides.

    For some of us that will be a very awkward lace twist, just as crossing your arms the "wrong way" around feels very awkward.

    If you can't abide that lace twist, do exactly the reverse of what is described in the tutorial. and go right over left loop instead. 🙂


  31. Man, what a great looking knot! Might be easier to learn on fat. long running shoe laces. When I (try to) teach somebody fly fishing knots, I recommend they experiment with cord. Tying a good blood knot takes symmetry that you can only recognize when you've tied a few good ones.

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