The Basics of Shoe Tying

This is something we’ve all been through… Learning to tie your shoe laces! This tricky process for toddlers requires fine motor skills, patience and a little practice. So, when you decide to teach your little one how to tie their laces, give them lots of encouragement and an abundance of patience. Velcro shoes may seem like the easiest option, but they do threaten to destroy a childhood rite of passage, which we can’t let happen. So, have a little read below to check out our Shoe Tying 101 for easy methods to teach to your children if they just can’t seem to hack it.



This method is the simplest of its kind! You can call the laces JoJo bunny ears and make a game out of it to entice your child to learn the process.

1. Simply fold each end of the lace into a single bunny ear. Try to hold the ears in place between your thumb and pointer finger on each hand.

2. Cross the bunny ears so that they form an ‘X’ in the air.

3. Loop the bottom bunny ear over and through the top one. This will create that all-important second knot.

4. Pull the bunny ears out to the side away from the shoe. This will then create a square knot that’ll stay sturdy and will (hopefully) not come easily undone.


This technique offers a level of difficulty like no other! Well… maybe not so dramatic, but it’s harder than the first.


1. Take one lace in each hand and make an ‘X’. Draw the top lace through the bottom and pull the two laces TIGHT, then make a loop out of each lace.

2. Cross the bunny ears over one another. (In the opposite order of your overhand knot).

3. Run the bunny ears over each other. Make it into a little story and explain how the bunny will run around the tree by bending one loop over the other.

4. The bunny’s going to jump in the hole! Pass the tip of the bent ear through the hole.

5. Pull those loops tight. For a little extra security, you can apply a double knot by making another overhand knot with the loops. This’ll guarantee no shoes will slip off during outings.


Practice makes perfect at the end of the day, so keep at it until your child knows how to do it themselves. Allowing them to practice on shoes before they wear them might make the process a little easier. Using different colour laces might make practicing a little easier too, so your child will be able to identify each lace clearly.

If they're not quite ready yet, we have a gorgeous collection of kids' shoes and boots at JoJo... with no laces in sight!