Traditional moccasins are extremely comfortable and stylish to wear. However due to the fact that the laces are made of leather, many people have a hard time tying them together in a way that looks good and stays secure. It can be frustrating to have to constantly tie your leather moccasins up, when one of the reasons you likely enjoy wearing them is because they are slip on shoes. It can also be a hassle to constantly have to retie your child's moccasins if they are constantly coming undone with all the wear and tear kids do, running and crawling around. The good news is there are 3 different ways you can try tying your moccasin laces that are less likely for them to come undone.

Double Slip Knot or Seaman's Knot

One way is tying a double slip knot which is also known as a seaman's knot. It involves tying a starting knot, then forming 2 "bunny ears" with the laces, next folding and threading the left loop through the centre hole, and finally folding the right loop over the back and through that same centre hole formed. You can pull both loops to tighten if necessary.

Boat Shoe Knot

Another way you can try tying your laces is a boat shoe knot which involves tying each side of the lace separately. First you form a loop with the right lace, then wrap the end of the lace around the loop several times, and then feed the end of the lace through the top of the loop. Now repeat with the left lace.

Standard Shoe Knot

The final, most common way to try tying your moccasin laces is the standard shoe knot. First you tie a starting knot, then you form a loop with the right lace, wrap the left lace around the right loop, pull the left lace through the centre hole (that the laces have created), and you should see the left lace forming. Pull both loops to tighten if necessary.


If you are still not satisfied with any of these tying options then choose your tying style of choice and use one of these tips to help your laces stay tied.

Use Glue

To keep your knot in place you can try applying a small drop of superglue underneath the bow. Be sure that your bow ends up in the right place however because when using superglue it can be difficult to shift or move the lace once you've tied it.

Use Water

Water can also be used to secure a knot in place. Tie the moccasin as you would like and simply soak the lace portion of the moccasin and let it dry naturally. You will want to do this before you have applied any protectant or treatment to your moccasins and make sure to only soak the lace and not the entire shoe. The dried water will cause a slight shrinkage and hardening of the leather which should make it more difficult for the lace to come undone. It's as if the water hardens or locks the knot in place.

We hope one of these suggestions has helped you figure out how to have your moccasin laces stay tied up and looking great while you are wearing them. We value our customers and would love to hear from you. Let us know which way you have found works best for keeping your laces tied up. For more information about anything to do with genuine leather moccasins, take a look at one of our many blogs on our website. Leather-Moccasins is here to help you get the most out of your both stylish and comfortable footwear. Visit our secure online store, today.


  • Kurt


    September 22, 2022


    I had the same problem. Repeatedly it was my right moccasin that came untied. I have come to the conclusion that the first time it came untied, I kept using a faulty knot to rety it. I used the first knot in this article and it seems to be holding up perfectly well. (But also thought the reason may have been different textures/thicknesses—but still…should be able to keep it tied). Good luck!

  • The Brown Bear

    The Brown Bear

    June 16, 2022

    In response to Mike: Is is possible that the two laces have different thickness or texture? Or perhaps you are tying on lace tighter than the other.

  • Mike


    June 16, 2022

    Why does one moccasin come untied every other day and the other stays tied no problem?

  • j medrano

    j medrano

    December 12, 2019

    i liked the last video that showed the way to tie a moccasin. easiest and it works with the laces forward.

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