The Permanent Bow

Recently, I told you the ways that I spend my DLA Care Component. This post gives a perfect example. Shoelaces.

Most people – most adults – can tie their own shoes. They can wear whatever shoes they like, such as heels, trainers (sneakers), boots, etc.

I cannot.

The shoes that I have to wear has to support my ankle, tie up tightly and have strong soles – this limits me to trainers, and therefore shoelaces. I don’t mind this, I have a favourite brand of trainers now. Karrimor. These shoes force me to walk properly, heel-first not toe-first.

But I cannot tie my own shoelaces well.

Two weeks ago, I bought some flat, elasticated shoelaces because somebody told me that the elastic stops the bow from coming undone, which means that it would put an end of me sitting in class, fiddling with my shoelaces because for the seventh time that day they have felt odd, came undone or feel like they’re about to.

I’ll be honest, I was sceptical at first. Shoelaces that didn’t come undone sounded like the flying pig story, but I thought it was worth a shot – after all, shoelaces aren’t that expensive compared to some equipment that I end up buying.

So, I’ve had them for about two weeks now. I fought with my Karrimor shoelaces as I struggled to pull them away from their shoe, and I inserted a 90cm pair (fits UK size 5 perfectly) from Amazon.


I tried to tie them myself at first, my first attempt ended up with me sitting on my bed for an hour with a paperclip and a shoe that had a strong, elasticated knot that was stubborn about not coming undone. I managed to undo the knot in the end but the paperclip died in the process (it literally snapped in half)…

I decided to wait until dad came home and he tied them for me. Two weeks later and they are the bows that are still tied on my shoes.


So how do they work? How do I get the shoes off my feet?

My Karrimor shoes have two hooks, one on each side, at the top of the shoe rather than eyelets, which is useful because I can just pull the elastic over the hooks and slip my shoes off. I then pull the elastic over the hooks when I put them on again.

It’s great because now I don’t have to worry that I am going to trip or get frustrated that I have to do them several times in one sitting more than once a day. I can now put my shoes on within 30 seconds rather than spending five or ten minutes of the morning trying to create some form of a bow.

It’s not often something my family and I try works first-time, so I am happy with these, even though to most people they are just shoelaces.


I hope you enjoyed this post and sorry I have not posted this week, I wanted to wait until I got better and can write a decent post.




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4 responses to “The Permanent Bow”

  1. I’m glad this worked out. Husband has fallen Arches and finding something that supported his feet was hard (as in, something that didn’t break the bank). I’ll keep Karrimor in mind when he needs new shoes ^_^

  2. Totally understand where your c​oming from. I have been tying my son Simons shoelaces for years and even at 32 its ​a​​s impossible for him to do it, as when he was a little boy. People dont​​ ​realize how something they do so easily every day without​ a second thought, can be so difficult.

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