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Shoes and shoelaces

Some children may take longer to learn to tie their shoelaces. These days it can be avoided by wearing shoes or trainers with Velcro. It may only become a problem when football or other sports are being played.

Some children may never master the art of tying their laces and luckily  there are alternative laces available such as elastic and spring laces. Many adults get through life without laces in their shoes. It is no longer an essential skill for life.

Useful Websites and Organisations

A useful site is Ian’s shoelace site: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/ This site shows a number of ways of tying laces including the bunny loop method.

Another site which demonstrates how to tie laces through a short video is http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-tie-your-shoelaces

‘Lock laces®’ are elastic laces with a special spring lock on them. This means that they do not need to be tied up and they remain secure. They are also available in a variety of colours and can fit many trainers.