How to lace shoes: ladder

How to lace shoes: ladder

Learning to tie shoe laces is an important milestone for kids. But what about lacing shoes? Did you know there are more than 30 ways to lace shoes? Why not teach your kids how to lace shoes using this fancy ladder style.

What you need:

  • 1 x pair of lace up shoes with at least four pairs of eyelets

Number of players:


Watch the how-to video to learn how to lace shoes in the ladder style.




This distinctive style is worn on military boots by paratroopers and ceremonial guard units. The laces weave horizontally and vertically to form a secure "ladder".

Begin straight across on the inside and out through the bottom eyelets.

Run the ends straight up the sides and in through the next set of eyelets.

At each eyelet pair, the ends run straight across, feeding under the vertical lace sections on the oppposite side before continuing straight up and in through the next higher set of eyelets.

Keep going until the entire shoe is laced.

At the top, the ends can be fed under the vertical sections once again.

  • Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for creating the instructional video.


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