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How to Tie Your Kids’ Sport Shoes – Let’s Support and Protect Your Kids’ Feet!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on April 2022 and reflects up-to-date information on how to tie your kids’ sport shoes.

If your child is involved in a particular sport, there is a specific shoe tying technique that prevents foot injuries as well as general foot and heel pain. This shoe tying method is also going to help improve your child’s performance, since the more secure the shoes feel around your child’s feet, the more stable and confident your child is going to be on the playing field. Let me show you how to tie your kids’ sport shoes to maximize performance and prevent injuries.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have learned this shoe tying technique from having fitted hundreds of different children’s shoe styles. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now and from my experience fitting hundreds of kids, I have become familiar with the best shoe tying techniques.


Have you noticed how most shoes have two eyelets (shoe holes) at the top? Using these 2 top eyelets properly can help improve your child’s performance and prevent foot injuries, and I will show you exactly how to take advantage of them.


When children are involved in sports or high impact activities, they are stressing out their feet and legs at a whole different level. It’s important to keep their feet protected and supported by providing them with the correct type of shoes and lacing those shoes properly.

There are several different shoe lacing techniques that can be applied to sport shoes, but I have found a particular one to be the most effective one when it comes to keeping children’s feet healthy. I call this shoe tying technique the “reverse the shoelaces technique” or the “heel lock lacing technique”.

This shoe lacing technique is going to prevent your child’s feet from moving too much inside the shoes and support and protect your child’s feet, especially around the ankle area. This technique is also going to help prevent ankle, foot sprains, as well as Severs Disease, and is also really effective in preventing heel slippage.

How to Tie Your Kids’ Sport Shoes – 3 Simple Steps!

It’s great for children to be involved in sports, but because children’s bodies are constantly changing and growing, they are more susceptible to foot and ankle injuries than adults. By applying this shoe lacing technique you will be preventing foot injuries and allowing your children to perform at their best.

Without further due, let me show you the most effective way to tie your child’s sport shoes.

✅ Step 1

Start by lacing your kids’ sport shoes as you would normally do until you get to the top two holes of the shoes.

✅ Step 2

Grab the shoelaces and go through the top eyelets (shoe holes) first like shown in the picture below.

✅ Step 3

Grab the shoelaces and go through the eyelets that you left open.

It only takes 3 simple steps to apply this shoe lacing technique and reduce the likelihood of your child developing foot pain or foot injuries. Once you apply this shoe lacing technique you won’t have to keep doing it since the shoelaces will stay tied that way.

You can also apply this shoe lacing technique to your child’s everyday sneakers.

I tend to use this shoe tying technique a lot for children who wear orthotics/insoles inside their shoes, since when orthotics are fitted inside the shoes they tend to raise the child’s feet, giving the impression that the feet are coming out of the shoes. By applying this shoe lacing technique you will lock your child’s heels and preventing them from moving up and down.

You should actually try this shoe tying technique in your shoes to see what a difference it makes!

Getting the Correct Length Shoelaces – Get It Right!

How many times have your child’s shoelaces come untied on the field? Do you feel like no matter how many times you double knot your child’s sport shoes they always end up coming untied?

For this shoe lacing technique to work properly, your child’s shoelaces must be the correct length, which means not getting the shoelaces too short or too long. If the shoelaces are too long your child might be more likely to step on them and fall. On the other hand, if the shoelaces are too short, your child will have a hard time tying them and untied shoes can also lead to your child falling and getting injured.

To figure out the proper length of the shoelaces, you must count how many eyelets your child’s shoes have and then choose the length accordingly. Take a look at the picture below for clarification:


Before you leave, I wanted to show you which is my go-to pair of shoelaces for children who play sports.

What are Good Shoelaces for Kids?

These shoelaces come with bumps that help prevent the shoelaces from coming untied all the time.

What are the Best Sport Shoes for Children?

If you happen to be looking for a pair of sport shoes to fit the shape of your child’s foot, I have written an article that describes the best sport shoes for children. These cleats/sport shoes will fit the shape of children with medium, wide, or extra wide feet. Go to the link below:

The Best Sport Shoes for Children – The Best Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, and Football Cleats.

Have you found a specific shoe tying technique that has been effective in tying your child’s sport shoes? Please share your findings below so other families can benefit from your experiences.


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