Learning to tie shoelaces is hard
Learning to tie shoelaces is hard!
Teaching your child how to tie shoe laces before they need to wear shoes with laces is a good idea. Most children don't have the required hand skills until they are between 5 and 7 years.
However kids with mobility issues, autism, ADHD, dyspraxia cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, spina bifida, and other additional needs can struggle to learn to tie their shoelaces. This can be a big issue with shoes for people with special needs.
There is nothing simple about tying laces – they’re fiddly, slippery and just plain complicated to deal with – and that is without having to handle any additional needs at the same time! Kids with additional needs can have problems with their fine motor skills, affecting things like the strength of their grip, and making specific gestures such as the ‘pincer’ movement. This can be frustrating for both kids and parents.
Our No-tie shoelaces and zipper footwear (Billy Footwear and Friendly Shoes) offer the chance to gain the independence that being able to tie your shoelaces would normally offer and removing all the frustration that not being able to tie your shoelaces might normally bring. Both solutions offer the ability to just slip your footwear on and off with ease, with no need to tie your laces.
They are also perfect for pregnant women or people with arthritis who are struggling to put on and take off their shoes.
It takes 2 minutes to add no-tie shoelaces to your shoes; simply thread the laces, slip on the capsule, tie a knot and you're done!