Parenting and Family Activities
(aka The Shoe-Tying Tutorial For Grown-Ups Who Are Tired of Re-Tying Shoes All the Time!)
Y’all, I am almost 35 year old and just learned a shoe tying technique that has rocked my world. It's so easy, I'm a little embarrassed that it impacted me as much as it did but here's the deal... I have 3 kids aged 3-7 and have coached a soccer team full of 5 year olds, so I have spent entirely too much of my time tying and re-tying shoes. Heck, even my own when I exercise. That is… until one of the parents on our soccer team recently showed me a way to tie shoes that won’t come untied, AND, the kids can undo it. No more tying muddy cleat laces. No more breaking nails trying to undo the knot that was pulled too tight. I mean… tell me that is not a game-changer! Since then, I have tried it on the whole soccer team and repeatedly with my kids and have not had to re-tie a shoe a single time.
I know I’m not the only one who didn’t know how to do this (please tell me I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know this), so I am going to give you a short tutorial.
What you will need:
Here’s a video. Steps are outlined below.
Step 1: Tie your shoe like you normally would making a basic knot and then using either the loop, circle, and push through technique or bunny ear technique but don’t pull tight. Keep the hole between your basic knot and the loops open with your finger.
Step 2: Take one of the loops and lace ends and circle back through the hole.
Step 3: Pull tight.
THAT’S IT! It is tied in a way that it won’t come undone and the kids can untie themselves!
You’re welcome. (Big thank you to Shayna from my soccer team for teaching me the most useful information I’ve learned in years)