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Years ago my cousin showed me a way to keep my shoes tied while on the trike. They told me to tuck the laces in the laced up part on the top of my shoes. Now you do have to make sure the laces are long enough to do this with. I still do this and haven't had any trouble with it. I hardly ever tie or untie my shoes anymore.

By bentcrazy39 from Springfield. OH

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December 14, 2009

I recently had a problem with keeping my shoelaces tied. I searched all over to get a solution and, in the end, it was so simple. When you tie your knots, just wrap a rubber band around it. It holds the knots in place, no matter what. I don't even bother to untie, just slip my sneakers off and wiggle them on. LOL Hope it helps your kids.

By maryann from Trinidad, WI

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Find that store-bought shoelaces get utterly destroyed and dirty? Once you need new ones, try using old (insulated) electrical wiring. Just cut the connection off of either end and voila! Shoelace.


If you don't have any spare cords that are thin enough, try Goodwill. I picked up an AV cable, which can be ripped apart into three "shoelaces," for $1. Comes in a variety of colors and keeps that stuff out of the landfill!

For extra style points, wrap some electrical tape around the ends of the wire once it's laced. A drop of Super Glue will keep the tape from coming off.

By Quixotic Ducky from Tacoma, WA

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August 3, 2005

I often take care of a little girl with a profound learning disability. When she wears tennis shoes with laces she hates to have them double-knotted. Her latest pair of tennis shoes has a "2" embroidered at the top of the tongue. So I told her that the "2" meant that those shoe laces had to be double-knotted. She still doesn't like it but she accepts her laces being double-knotted.

By Carole

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November 20, 2008

When shoe laces won't stay tied, wet the shoe lace and then tie it. It will stay tied.

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November 4, 2010

To keep shoelaces tied first string and make your first bow. Then take the second string and instead of going over the bow, go behind it to finish tying. Takes a little concentration but it always seems to work, don't know why.


By Judy from Delta, BC


Keeping Shoelaces Tied

Will try your suggestion but I've always just double bowed them ;-) (03/27/2010)

By Deeli

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December 14, 2009

Keeping Your Shoes Tied

I am the mom of a 9 year old son, who seems to forever have shoe laces that need to be retied. I have even been known to triple knot his laces at times, and they still seem to come untied. Sometimes untied laces can be dangerous when kids are playing sports, so I knew I needed to come up with a quick and cheap (free) way to keep the laces tied.

I decided to use a twist-tie that I had in a kitchen drawer. After tying his shoes with no double or triple knots, just regular bow-tie, I insert the end of a twist-tie under the laces to the immediate right or left of the knot. I then twist it a couple of times and smooth the ends flat so they sort of blend in with his laces, horizontally. It works great!


His shoes almost never come untied, through P.E. at school and even basketball and soccer games. The plastic coated twist-ties don't work nearly as well as the paper covered ones that are sometimes included with trash bags. The twist-ties at the grocery store that accompany the plastic bags in the produce section (green in my area) work really fantastic too.

By Kelley from Albuquerque, NM


Keeping Shoes Tied

Spray a little hairspray on tied laces to keep them from coming undone.

By Jahlbait

Keeping Your Shoes Tied

When you are going around the first loop, go around it twice and continue tying as normal. (06/07/2005)

By Darlene Kidd

Keeping Your Shoes Tied

Tie the two "ears" one more time in a knot. (06/07/2005)

By Katie

Keeping Your Shoes Tied

Wet your shoelaces (or your child's) before tying. (06/07/2005)

By Karen


Trouble keeping shoelaces tied? Dampen them before tying. They will dry and tighten.



By Syd

Keeping Your Shoes Tied

I find that if my shoelaces are made with nylon rather than cotton materials, I have to double tie them. This way they don't come undone, till I want them, to. (06/17/2005)

By badwater

Keeping Your Shoes Tied

My husband taught me to go around the loop twice before going in through the hole and I NEVER have to worry about them coming untied! I also have never had to tie a double knot on my daughter's shoes, as this method works on her shoes, too! (06/17/2005)

By Amy

Keeping Your Shoes Tied

Well my 6 year old son wears velcro gym shoes, so no problems there. They are very easy too for him to get off and on. I will have to remember these hints though as my 8 year old daughter usually has tie shoes.

I know that wetting the laces works. I used to do that on a pr of leather boat mocs of mine. (11/21/2006)

By Debbie Dzurilla

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