Best Way in the World to Tie Kids Shoes

Foolproof Technique for Tying Your Kids' Shoelaces Without a Double Knot

Toddler walking through puddle wearing little red shoes
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Learn a knot that will never come untied, yet your toddler can undo it with a single tug. You’ll never need to tie a double-knot again!

Kid’s shoelaces are a constant source of annoyance and accidents. Yet children are not developmentally ready to tie their own shoes until about age 5-6 when their fine motor skills are more fully developed.

The Tibetan Trekking Knot (also known as the Surgeon’s shoelace knot) has been used for centuries by Sherpas tying their hiking boots on treks up the Himalayan Mountains.

Forget how you learned to tie your toddlers shoes, and teach yourself (and your child) this simple technique that every parent should learn, and start using it immediately.

How to Tie Shoes for Kids

Step 1: Begin tying the shoe as you normally would.

Step 2: Instead of pulling the laces tight, maintain the space below the loops. You should now see the two loops with an open circle underneath. Now take the second loop you just created and pass it through the circle a second time, in the same direction you used the first time. (This is a double loop.)

Step 3: Pull it tight. Ta-da!

The trick is looping the red string around a second time. (It makes a double loop, not a double knot.)
The trick is looping the red string around a second time. (It makes a double loop, not a double knot.)

Caution: You may need a different technique when TEACHING your child how to tie shoes. Experiment with different techniques to find one that works best for your child.

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