Last week when my sister was gathering items for her daughter’s first dance class of the season, she realized that her tap shoes were missing their shoelaces (surely the latest victim of their kitten’s playful nature). Because the shoes only had one pair of eyelets for the shoestrings to go through, they needed some VERY short shoelaces. My sister began a quest for short shoelaces that night, visiting every store in town. When she called me to tell me about the problem, I pulled from my memory a handy trick that I had learned about ages ago… you can use elastic hair ties as replacements for shoelaces!
My sister was dubious but eager to have a solution, so she was willing to give it a try. I told her to find some elastic ponytail holders with decorative balls on them (remember how popular they were when we were kids?). She found some and came to my house and I showed her the technique.
First you fold the hair tie in half. Then push the folded point through one of the eyelets on the shoe.
Now pull it through the other hole. Then put your finger and thumb through the loop on the point you pulled through the eyelets and open it wide.
Loop it around the decorative balls (or in this case, flowers) which will secure it in place.
If your shoes have more pairs of eyelets, you can add more hair ties. Once the ties are attached, they will stretch enough for your child to get her foot in, but pull tight enough to keep them on her feet. You shouldn’t have to undo the knot each time — just stretch the elastic.
No more shoelaces to fuss with, and they look so cute!