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How on earth do you tie a boat shoe?

Hey guys I just got a pair of Sperry Topsider Authentic Originals (they're "Sahara" colored, in case you were wondering), but I can't figure out how the heck to tie them! Right now I'm using a square knot, then the usual bunny ears over them, but I'm sure there's a better way.
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You're joking . . . right? But, in case you passed by the age of 5, go here:

http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/tying.htm
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Unfortunately, I don't think he is..the leather laces on the Topsiders don't tie well at all.
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Get them laces wet, tie them once and forget it.
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Basically, you get the laces wet so they tie better, tie them real well, then use them as slipons?
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Yup

That's what you do. Afer a few years, the laces will get soft enough to actually hold a knot that is put in when they are dry, but initially, not a chance.

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goldingds,

After having worn shoes for over 60 years I have come to the conclusion that Sperry Topsider Authentic Originals are not suitable for bluewater cruising. Your difficulty in tying them highlights one of their inherent problems. They are not real bluewater shoes but more suited to coastal cruising if one is careful and keeps an eye on the weather. The two rows of eyelets and lack of padding in the tongue make them less than desireable in heavy seas. In addition the lack of support at the arch adds to fatigue when standing watches on moonless nights. They clearly cannot compare to real bluewater shoes such as the Helley Hansen Latitude 60 with their five rows of eyelets and high backs. Much more stable in heavy weather and less likely to flex under stress resulting in a sprained ankle or worse. At the same price range as the Sperry I would go with the Timberland Traditional Handsewn three eyelet classic lug. Their roominess belies their tough exterior. Of course none of these can compare with true custom made bluewater boat shoes but now you're in another bracket entirely.

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Well I was looking at this for more casual wear / sunny day day sail type shoes.
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Thought you were supposed to be out sailing...
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