How to Tie Kids’ Shoes to Get Extra Support and Stability – With 3 Simple Steps!
Do you have a child who is dealing with a foot condition and needs to get as much support and stability as possible from his or her shoes? Did you know that if the shoes are not properly tied your child won’t get the full benefits that the shoes have to offer? I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for many years, and a coworker who has over 20 years of shoe fitting experience taught me how to tie kids’ shoes to get extra support and stability.
At the shoe store that I work for, we help families of children with foot problems find shoes to help treat their flat feet, rolled ankles, overpronation, low muscle tone, hypermobility, toe walking, etc. Properly tying your kids’ shoes can make a world of difference when it comes to improving a child’s foot posture and stability!
Main Benefits of Applying this Specific Shoe Lacing Technique
1️⃣ It prevents the child’s feet from moving excessively inside of the shoes, allowing children to get the full support and stability that the shoes have to offer.
2️⃣ It prevents heel slippage by securing the heels against the back of the shoes.
3️⃣ It prevents orthotic devices from moving excessively inside of the shoes.
I am going to get right to it and show you this effective shoe lacing technique that works wonders for children with stability issues. This shoe lacing technique is also ideal for children who wear orthotics such as 3/4 length, full length, or AFOs/SMOs.
How to Tie Kids’ Shoes to Get Extra Support and Stability – In 3 Simple Steps!
Step Number One: Lace your children’s shoes as you normally would but leave the top two eyelets of the shoe unlaced as shown in the image below:
Step Number Two: Go through the top eyelet first as shown in the image below:
Step Number Three: Go through the eyelet that you left open as shown in the image below:
That’s all it takes! Most parents have no idea what the top two eyelets of the shoes are for. Take advantage of this shoe lacing technique and make sure that your child is getting the full support and stability that the shoes have to offer!
It’s important for this shoe lacing technique to work that the shoelaces are long enough. If you believe that your child needs a pair of longer shoelaces I suggest that you take a look at the option below as they are durable and tend to stay tied better than other shoelaces:
How to Order the Correct Shoelace Length?
To get the correct shoelace length for your child, you need to count how many eyelets (shoe holes) there are in your kids’ shoes. If you need assistance in figuring out the right shoelace length that you need to order for your child’s shoes, take a look at the picture below.
Important: Read this Before Ordering New Shoelaces for Your Child
If your child’s shoes have 5 eyelets (shoe holes), I suggest that you order the laces as the shoes had 6 eyelets to have extra shoelace length to double knot the shoes or simply have more lace to work with.
When children walk around with untied shoelaces or laces that are not tied firmly enough, they don’t get the full support or stability from their shoes. If you are investing in a pair of supportive shoes and/or orthotics you might as well make sure that your child gets the full benefits from the shoes and orthotics.
Let me know if you have any questions or need further clarification about this shoe lacing technique in the comments section below!