Suggestions for helping to tie shoes??

Are there any devices (other than velcro) that can help to tie shoelaces less painful?


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  • rickrackfingers author
    7 months ago

    Just following up about my question on something to help with tying shoes to make the process less painful. I have just tried my first pair of Lock Laces. They are a big help! I am so glad I found this support group. It has given me lots of good information. Thanks!

  • bbthodges
    6 months ago

    I know what you mean about tying shoe laces. It is so hard for me to do also. My greatest investment was some tennis shoes I got that have small strips of velcro on each side and still have the look of tying but you just pull off one side of the velcro, put on the shoe, pull back the velcro and stick. It does not look like a velcro shoe at all. People are very surprised when I show them. Since I am diabetic, I can get one pair of shoes each year paid by Medicare and that is what these were. I have had these for several years but I am getting ready to order a pair for this year. They are expensive around $120 but having Medicare pay for them makes it possible for me to have them. My winter shoes are another situation. I did not think it out very carefully when I got these. They do tie and it is almost impossible for me to tie them without a million tries it seems like. I just hate them! Glad that winter is gone and I can put them away. With all that about me, I suggest for you that you find a good choice with shoes with velcro and make your life easier.

  • rickrackfingers author
    7 months ago

    I am going to try the lock laces. They look promising. I’ll let you know. Thanks again

  • rickrackfingers author
    7 months ago

    Thanks Eileen, Leanne, and Vicki. I am definitely going to try out all of your suggestions. I mostly have lacing shoes for walking and aerobic dance exercise for which I need athletic shoes (fortunately my feet have not been too badly affected yet and I can still exercise.) Not sure elastic will work for that, but I will google lock laces and try the Amazon site suggested. Thanks SO much for your replies. I’m new on this site and love it. It is comforting knowing that I am not crazy in that others report symptoms similar to mine so I’m not over-reacting about them. RickrackFingers

  • Rebecca moderator
    7 months ago

    Let us know how you make out, RickrackFingers (I love your username lol)

  • Eileen B moderator
    7 months ago

    Have you ever tried elastic shoelaces, @rickrackfingers? With elastic laces, shoes can be slipped on and off easily — and the best part? Tie them once and they stay tied forever! They effectively turn any laced shoe into a slip-on. They’re available in every style imaginable nowadays. If you try them, come back and tell us how they worked out. -Eileen, Psoriatic-Arthritis.com

  • VickiN moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi @rickrackfingers, have you tried slip on shoes? Lock laces might also be something to check out. Curious to hear what other community members think.
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

  • Leanne Donaldson
    7 months ago

    Hello @rickrackfingers You are so right, tying shoes is the pits! I’ve found a few things that work and they aren’t too expensive to give a try. Google “no tie laces” and you can find a bunch. Here is a link to what I’ve found on Amazon to give you an idea.
    I avoid Velcro too. Hope you are doing well today. -Leanne, Community Moderator

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