How to Tie Shoes So That They Slip On

by Kathryn Stanley ; Updated September 28, 2017

Because their shoes frequently come undone, army lacing is especially useful for kids.

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For young children and people who are constantly on the move, having to stop and tie shoelaces is a hassle or may even be impossible. Named for the urgency associated with being in the army, "army lacing" is a technique used to tie shoelaces that allows them to become slip-on shoes. Because the shoelace crosses over on the inside of the shoe, the sides of the shoe can flex more easily, allowing you to slip your foot in and out of the shoes without having to untie them every time.

Feed the shoelace into the eyelet holes closest to the toes so that the shoelace is pressed against the tongue of the shoe and the tips of the shoelace are fed up and out of the holes.

Grab the side of the shoelace that is coming out of the left eyelet hole. Feed it straight up and into the left eyelet hole that is directly above the first one.

Repeat Step 2 with the other side, feeding the right side of the shoelace into the right hole directly above the first hole.

Still holding the shoelace from Step 3, feed it up and over to the left so it diagonally crosses upwards to the left eyelet hole immediately above the one used in Step 2. Feed this shoelace into the left eyelet hole immediately above this one. The basic pattern created is a line, followed by a diagonal cross, followed by another line.

Repeat Step 4 with the other side of the shoelace. At this point, the ends are crossed on the inside, directly against the tongue of the shoe, and come up through the next set of eyelet holes up the sides along the tongue of the shoe.

Continue to repeat the process until both ends reach the top eyelet holes.

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Kathryn Stanley is a professional writer for various websites, covering fashion, science, the environment, food and baking, crafts and the arts. She studies psychology and creative writing at the University of Maryland at College Park.