How To Tie Shoes One-Handed

January 8, 2012 — 18 Comments

Through the years, when it comes to doing things one-handed, one question has been asked of me more than any other.  Usually the person gets a puzzled look on their face and then they say, “Wait…how do you tie your shoes?”

Well…here’s how.

This is how I always look when I tie my shoes.

This is how I always look when I tie my shoes.

The video ended-up being a little long, but I wanted to be thorough.  I plan on making a shorter, more technical version soon, so stay tuned for that.

Hope you like it!


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18 responses to How To Tie Shoes One-Handed

  1. Dear Ryan,
    I am a grandfather to lbe grandson now approaching 2 and one half years old. Needless to say, he is everything to me. I want to thank-you for your website and guidance on matters. i appreciate the videos, because i too wonder how he will do thing and your videos explain it, Please keep it up and would like to see how to put on pants, take off and put on shirts and those types of everyday living skills. He receives therapy, however just like anything else in life, if someone could show you the tricks to do doing something, it becomes easier. I can’t tell you how much you and your website has done for me

    • Thanks so much for sharing, Chuck! It means a lot to me to hear that what I do is helpful. I’ll continue to do my best at showing how I do everyday tasks and then you can adapt them for your grandson!

  2. Thank you for sharing. My grand daughter was born last September without her left arm/hand from the elbow down. I have been searching for websites and blogs to learn more about this. Your site and the Born Just Right site are inspirational. Please continue to post anything that you think we might need to know.

  3. thank you so much for this video. I like your sense of humor and your positive approach.

  4. Thank you Ryan for all your efforts.. My son LOVES your humor … You are SOOO good at tying your shoes one-handed was wondering if you could show a step by step slowly in your next detailed video. Its more for ME than my son LOL.
    Thank you AGAIN the socks are a good thing too it makes it easier for us to see it and encourage our son to do the same and perserver until he finds a way to do it that works for him. THANK YOU AGAIN! YOU are a BLESSING to us!!

    • Thanks so much, Kamaile! I’m hoping to shoot a video today of tying my shoes more slowly and close-up. Hopefully that’ll be helpful!

  5. Love it! My daughter is 5 and did the same thing you did. She just worked and worked and worked until she got it. Her teachers were in awe of her tenacity. They said that no other kid had that kind of drive to tie their shoes and she’s one of few that can do it in her pre-school 🙂 She sits on the floor and uses her arm to help her tie.

    My daughter Autumn would like to know how you shuffle a deck of cards and how you cook. How about a pony tail? Do you have a little girl that you’ve had to put in a pony tail for? I have yet to figure that one out.

  6. Thank you!
    If you are wondering what kind of name that is then well, it’s an Indian name and I’m hemiplegic in India. I saw your videos here and they seem helpful and so I was wondering do you have any tips on how to deal with buffet situations, you know in which you have to hold the plate in one hand and take food in from the other also it would be helpful if you could tell how to handle wallets.

  7. Thank you for the video. I have hand surgery next week and have been wondering how to do things one-handed for the six weeks that it heals. You’re an inspiration.

    • You’re welcome! I’m glad it’s helpful. Good luck with your surgery and thank you for the kind words! 🙂

  8. Hello

    My 8 yr old son , adopted from China at 3,is left handed and right hand is without fingers. My dad had the same condition. Anyway he was struggling with shoe tying and after watching your video he got it in one day!!!!! Thank you so much! He is SO proud.

    You are a delight and so helpful with your videos.

    Have a super day!!!!

  9. Foud your video on facebook and i Can’t wait to show my 9 year old son when he get home from school. he was born with out most of his left arm. i have always stayed away from shoes with laces but this is great i hope he will be inspired but you and will try to learn to tie laces Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thank you for this video! My son is 4 and I’ve been wondering how I should teach him to tie his shoes! We both watched it and he thinks he can do it now. Thank you!

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