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Learning how to tie shoes can be a challenge for children, especially for boys! It is a fact that girls tend to start learning how to tie their shoes when they are 5 or 6 years old, while boys start learning how to tie their shoes when they are 7 years old or older. If you have read any my previous posts, you probably know by now that I always recommend shoes with laces instead of velcro closures when it comes to choosing shoes for your child, since these provide more support and stability.

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last ten years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we also provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have fitted thousands of shoes and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.

I always emphasize that shoe laces need to be pulled tightly in order to get the maximum support and stability from the shoes. It is important for shoe laces to be tied properly so that they do not become untied. When a child is walking or running around with an untied shoe lace, this can lead to several foot and leg injuries. There are circumstances where not everyone can tie their shoe laces, and this can be due to several reasons. The three most popular ones are:

  • Age
  • Health
  • Desire

In this article I will describe the best toggle shoe laces for children.

Elastic Lock Laces- The Best Alternative To Tying Your Kids Shoes!

If you have children that are too young or not ready to learn how to tie their shoes, a friend or family member who has a hard time bending over, or a child with special needs who has a shoe size that is too long for velcro sneakers, then toggle shoe laces are a smart, durable alternative to keeping their shoes tight. Lock laces for kids will save parents and children a lot of time when rushing to school!

Kids Lock Laces

I see a lot of children at the shoe store that I work for that struggle with tying their shoe laces. They either don’t want to deal with the responsibility of tying their shoe laces or their motor skills are not developed yet. Like I mentioned before, boys and girls start tying their shoes at different ages, with girls learning how to tie them at a younger age. Obviously this varies from child to child, but the fact is that most girls are more likely to play with their bows and crafts, which helps them develop better motor skills.

Stop Shoe Laces From Untying! – Avoid Falls And Injuries

If your child is struggling with tying his shoes, then you either have to provide him with a pair of velcro sneakers or a pair of toggle shoe laces. Please remember: walking or running with untied shoe laces will make your child more prone to falling, and therefore increase the risk for injuries.

Toggle laces have become extremely popular not only among young children, but also teenagers and adults. I always recommend parents get a pair of shoes with laces, since that is the best way of getting the full support of the shoe, plus your child will feel more stable when running. However, if the shoe laces are not going to stay tight, children will not get any support from the shoes.

Who Are Lock Laces Appropriate For? – Never Tie Shoes Again!

While I believe lock laces are a great feature for children who are not ready to start tying their shoes, they are not appropriate for every child. Learn if your child qualifies for a pair of lock laces:

Lock laces are appropriate for:

  • Children who are too young to learn how to tie their shoes.
  • Children who do not want to learn how to tie their shoes.
  • Young adults who have trouble tying their shoes.
  • Special needs children that do not have any velcro sneaker options.
  • The elderly who have trouble reaching down.
  • People with back problems that find it hard to bend over to tie their shoes.

Lock laces are not appropriate for:

  • Children or young adults who are involved in competitive sports.
  • Children who have stability issues.
  • Children who need maximum shoe support.
  • Long distance runners.

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Toggle Shoe Laces For Kids – How Easy Is To Put Them On?

The first question parents ask is: “Will lock laces fit any shoe?” The answer is: YES! You can trim them to fit any shoe! Toggle shoe laces are easy to put on; it usually takes me a maximum of 5 minutes to do them in the store. Follow these easy steps for putting the lock laces in the shoe:

  1. Remove the shoe laces from the shoe.
  2. Insert the new lock laces in the shoe.
  3. Squeeze lock and thread each lace through lock.
  4. Use scissors to cut laces 2-3 inches below lock.
  5. Insert laces into the clip.
  6. Press to close.

In order to get the BEST fit, always install the toggle shoe laces when the shoe is in the child’s foot.

Below you can find an image that explains the instructions of putting the lock laces in a shoe:

Lock Laces For Kids

What Are The Main Advantages Of Using Lock Laces?

It gives children the independence of being able to adjust their shoes by themselves and parents won’t have to worry about tying their shoes constantly every time they become untied. Some of the advantages are:

  • Easy to use.
  • Stretch-fit comfort.
  • Locked-in safety.
  • Water-resistant.
  • Ideal for kids, seniors and individuals with special needs.

Keep in mind that NOT all toggle shoe laces are good. We have tried some brands where the parents had to keep coming back to the store due to the elastic laces falling apart. There is one brand that I stand behind and that I have tried in the store and work wonders: Lock Laces.

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What To Do When Your Child Outgrows Velcro Shoes?

We have had several children that came to the shoe store between the ages of six and seven that measured over a shoe size 3, and the selection of velcro sneakers drops considerably. This means that they either have to choose from the two or three shoe styles available, or they have to switch to a pair of lace up sneakers.

By that age, most children might be already tying their shoes but some of them still might not know how to tie them. The good news: your child can choose from the shoe lace selection, and then you switch the laces to provide your child with a pair of toggle shoe laces until he or she is ready to learn to tie his/her shoes!

Below you can see a selection of the best lock laces for kids:

 How To Teach A Child To Tie His/Her Shoes – Never Force Them To Learn!

Children must want to learn how to tie their shoes in order for them to successfully accomplish this feat.  Otherwise, you will be wasting your time trying to teach them. REMEMBER, if they are not ready, and refuse to commit to learn how to tie their shoes, DON’t waste your or your child’s time! We offer a shoe tying clinic at the shoe store where I work to teach children that want to learn how to tie their shoes, and you can tell right away which children want to learn and which children were dragged in by their parents.

I created a post where I explain the best way to teach a child to tie his/her shoes called:

How To Teach A Child To Tie His Shoes – Follow These Easy Steps

I have read that Lock Laces are engineered to help athletes improve performance. However, I strongly disagree with that statement. I do not recommend these for an individual who is involved in competitive sports or runs long distances.

If your children are serious about running, then you must purchase a pair of shoes with laces. That is the best way to secure the foot and to get all the features and support the shoe has to offer!

I wrote a post where I describe the best sneakers for children. Find out which are the best shoes for kids here:

The Best Kids Sneakers – Learn About The Best Shoes For Children Ages 3 Through 10

Is your child having a hard time learning how to tie his shoes? Does he keeps falling because his shoe laces keep coming untied? Have you provided your child with a pair of lock laces? Please share your thoughts or comments with your own experiences below so we can all benefit from them!


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10 Comments on Toggle Shoe Laces-Never Tie Your Shoes Again

  1. I have small children and tying and untying shoe laces makes life very difficult, especially when we need to leave in a hurry, because we are already late.
    I would definitely try this product – lock lace, to make my children’s and my life easier in the mornings.
    I’ve never heard about this product before. Have you used it? Is it easy to use? Can a small child understand its purpose and how to use it?
    I’ll bookmark your site for other useful tips in the future.
    All the best!

    • Lock Laces are a great alternative for children who do not know how to tie their shoe laces. This is a product that we sell at the store I work for. All the products or shoes that I describe in my website I have either fitted or worn them myself. It is a very easy product to use and simple to set up. What are the ages of your children? If they are 5 or 6 years old or below, then you don’t need this product. You can just provide them with a pair of velcro sneakers. Let me know if you have any more questions!

  2. Juan,
    That pic looks so scary! Fortunately my 2 year old is now very in love with his no tie rainboots, and that works for me. Otherwise I’ve been using velcro or ked-type shoes so far. But this is a great alternative as well, I wasn’t even aware so thank you for that! Sounds like there are really no downsides and it can be pulled tight as well.

    • Maria,

      I didn’t mean to scare you! I was just trying to get my point across. The main downsize is that shoe laces do provide more support and stability since you can pull them tighter. I do not recommend toggle shoe laces for children who are involved in competitive sports or runners. However, they are great for children that are too young or not ready to learn how to tie their shoes, a friend or family member who has a hard time bending over, a child with special needs who has a shoe size that is too long for velcro sneakers.

  3. Hi there Juan,

    This is such a great product and I think it fits adults just as well. I used to run for marathons and one of the common mishaps that we often see is people tripping over their shoe laces during a run or they had to stop abruptly to fix their shoe laces.

    When you are running with hundreds of people, this simple act can cause unexpected commotion. So these lock laces would be a good alternative for runners.

    Thanks for sharing such useful information.

    • Cathy,

      I disagree with you. I do not recommend toggle shoe laces for marathon runners. A person who is serious of running a marathon should compromise on tying their shoe laces properly. They will get more support from the shoe and also more stability. You do make a great point that when running a a marathon with hundreds of people, untying shoe laces can cause an unexpected commotion. If someone has issues tying their shoes, then toggle shoe laces will be the solution!

  4. Toggle shoelaces look like a great invention that I believe most kids would find great to have and like the look of them for their footwear. Knowing how easy it would make tightening up their laces most kids would prefer to have them.

    Having these toggle’s would make taking the time to learn how to tie their footwear much easier when they would want to find out how.

    Like the post and my grandkids will like the product.

    • Travis,

      Toggle shoe laces are a great invention. They have helped not only children, but also adult’s with back problems that find it hard to bend over to tie their shoes and the elderly who have trouble hunching down.

  5. I’m a grown adult and I have issues with my laces always untying! I don’t like to double-knot because then shoes can be hard to get off, so they are always coming loose when I’m at the gym. I need some of these things for sure! And when I have children I’ll also get them some 😉

    • Gina,

      There is a pair of shoe laces that I recommend that are thicker and come with bumps, and they usually stay tied longer. I call them the bumpy shoe laces!I believe you will better off tying your shoes, specially if you like going to the gym and using the treadmill.

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