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Lacing Shoes, Revisited

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10:13am, December 20, 2002

What is the best way to lace your shoes? This seemingly simple question, rooted in everyday life, can provoke passionate argument–and prompt a mathematical response.

There are at least three common ways to lace shows, as illustrated (right): American (or standard) zigzag, European straight, and quick-action shoe store. Which lacing styl

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