Nori Learns to Tie Her Shoes

Hey Cuties,

I told you I took Nori to a Shoe Tying Class over the weekend. Yes a class that teaches you how to tie your shoes FOR FREE! Nori recently taught herself how to tie her shoes. Honestly I didn’t know she had been teaching herself. She mentioned wanting to tie her shoes but I didn’t put much thought into it.  Apparently she was just determined to learn and did so quietly in her room. She is so my child.

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I took this picture of Nori on March 21st as stated. She had been in her room going about her normal morning routine.  She dresses herself and I tell her to brush her teeth and then put her shoes on.  Usually she will come in our room and ask someone to tie them for her. Well, this morning she decided to give it a go.  EUREKA!! She did, all by herself in the quiet of the morning, she tie her own shoes for the very first time.  I was proud, so I posted this picture on Facebook. After posting it Vogue & Vintage told me she had taken her daughter to a shoe tying class at Nordstrom.

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Nordstrom: Kid’s Shoe Department

My local Nordstrom holds this class once a month. Contact your local Nordstrom to see if they offer this class and inquire about the schedule. The great staff welcomed us in before the store/mall opened to the public. Shoe tying class? I didn’t even know that was a thing. This isn’t lazy parenting this is outsourcing. Did you know that kids learn better when someone other than their parents teach them? If you didn’t, don’t worry. I don’t know if it is legit a thing but from personal experience it sounds factual.

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Then each kid introduces themselves tells their name and age.  The staff gives each kid a Converse, Chuck Taylor sneaker to work with.  Converse laces are the best to work with because the laces are thin and flat. I didn’t realize that until Nori tried tying the shoes she had on. The laces were thicker and it was hard for her to tie them tightly. Maybe consider that when you start teaching your kids to tie their shoes.

Watch the video to see the process.


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All done and so proud, Nori completed her shoe typing class with ease.  She received an award for the “Real Knotty Behavior”.  She was the youngest student in the class and totally beasted it out.  Each kid got their certificate, a goodie bag and picked out the balloon of their choice.

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But before we go snap a selfie.

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The entire ride home she kept practicing, with the sneaker card.  This was one of the items in her goodie bag.

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Practice Sneaker Card

Laces, everyone, ready, set, tie!

Calling all kids.
Check out these simple clues.
When one lace meets the other
You can tie your shoes.

First, make an X,
And hold it on top.
Put the right lace through the middle
And you’ve got your knot!

Think of the bow
Just like a balloon,
Hold it at the bottom
Or it might go zoom!

Wrap the other lace around,
Use your finger like a spool.
Pull a loop through this hole,
You tied the bow – how cool!

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Oh she is ready! CX3 Grand Touring

We celebrated with a little photo shoot with this uber cute Mazda Cx3 Grand Touring, more on that later. My girl was picture ready, she said she stands this way because I stand this way in all of my pictures.

Nori can tie her shoes Did you know that Nordstrom has a FREE shoe typing class. Let me hip you to it.

What your shoe typing experience like? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.


Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Charlene

    That was adorable. She seemed really happy to learn how to tie her shoes. Nice way to document the story.

  2. Alli

    I had never heard of a shoe tying class before. How awesome that Nordstrom does this. I remember using a shoe box to teach one of my kids how to tie his shoes. I also bought a cute little book about shoe tying to go along with the shoebox. This way is so much easier.

  3. Keisha

    This is hilarious and adorable. Hilarious because I shelved a pair of boots and my Timbs this year because I forgot how to tie them stylishly. I need a class.

    Your little is THEE CUTEST! OMG is she adorable! My ovaries hit the quan!

  4. Bijee

    That is so cool!!! I need to check into that. I love your perspective on it, “outsourcing”, indeed! Great job Nori!

  5. Kita

    Congratulations to your Big Girl! It’s awesome she was working on this on her own. This is such a super cute idea and the fact that they use Converse is perfect for you and me.

  6. Shirley Wood

    OMG! What a fun idea to have a shoe tying class complete with a certificate! I think the nearest Nordstrom to us in about a 2 hour drive. My younger grandchildren would have loved this! Nori is adorable!

  7. Mama to 5 BLessings

    What a cute program! Definitely a great way to encourage children to want to learn how to tie their own shoes, I need to do this for a few of my kids!

  8. Leelo

    Wow! I wonder if any stores here where I live have this kind of classes and if they don’t, then I think some larger department stores should start with something similar.

  9. Eva

    What a neat idea! We also love chucks – well I do – because they tend to STAY tied once they tie them. Those were our go to shoes for amusement parks and anywhere that I didn’t want to stop and deal with them taking all day to tie their shoes themselves.

  10. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    My daughter wants to learn to tie her own shoes. That practice card is a great idea. It would be the perfect way to encourage the kids to practice tying their shoelaces.

  11. Stacie

    You and your family wear the cutest kicks! That’s cool that they offer a class for little ones. I’ll see if my Nordstrom has this for my gbaby.

  12. Tori Gabriel

    I had no idea stores offered this! What a cute idea! I need to suggest it to our UK shoe shops. I think it’s brilliant.

    I remember really struggling to learn to tie my laces so anything that helps out my girls will be a blessing.

  13. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Congratulations to your little one for learning to tie her shoes. Her shoes are really cute, too! Now the selection available to her will be so much greater. 🙂

  14. Donna Shana

    Oh my goodness! How cute. I didn’t know Nordstroms had a class. She is too cute. Glad she got it!

  15. Joanae King (

    I mean, can Nori get any cuter! My goodness! I’m so proud of her! That was a cute thing for Nordstrom’s to host. 🙂

  16. K.D. Myles

    We are totally going to their next class. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Paula

    I had no idea that shoe tying classes were a thing. What a great idea. I can see this being a fun day out and an easy way to get your kids tying their own shoes.

  18. Liz Mays

    I didn’t know about the free class!. That is so cool. It’s great that your daughter has been learning on her own as well.

  19. Ariana

    That’s so cute! My mother didn’t teach me how to tie my shoes. I learned from a friend at day care.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Ariana, that is hilarious. My daughter told me she was tired of having her friends tie her shoes for her. I had no idea.

  20. Dana Carmel

    I had no idea that Nordstrom offers this class – such a classy store. It’s one of my faves. So proud of Nori for taking the initiative to learn to tie her shoes!

  21. Janelle

    OMG, aww Mama’bear, how stankin’ cute!!! OMG. This is awesome. I was reading but didn’t notice, but how old is she? (unless I missed it). But I think it’s even great for a store like this Nordstrom to have a special class. I’m going to totally look into my local store now.

  22. Kiwi

    Your daughter is so cute love seeing post with her in it! I love that Nordstroms is doing this and even better that they give out cute awards for “Real Knotty Behavior” so fun!

  23. Anosa

    Awwww how cute and adorable is she, well done her for learning to tie her shoes. Small victories, greatest impact

  24. tiaras and tantrums

    I didn’t even know this about Nordstrom! We always buy our shoes there and they have never told me this! I am the worst and will look for shoes specifically that do not have to be tied!

  25. Ave

    Congratulations to Nori! What a little champion! My 3-year-old is not interested in shoe laces at all and most of her shoes are without them. We do have a super cute wooden toy for practicing shoe tying, though.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Ave. My daughter never had shoes without laces so it made her really eager. I like the idea of having a cute toy to practice on.

  26. Cynthia Wright

    How fun! I love the idea of outsourcing parenting task! Lol! My first child has shoe tying down, but I still have two more little ones that’ll be hitting that stage soon enough. I’m going to call my local Nordstrom and see what’s up! Thanks for the info!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Cynthia, I know we try and do it all. Sometimes we learn better from others. My daughter is the baby and I have to force myself to treat her like a big girl. You’re welcome Cynthia, let me know how it goes.

  27. Vashti (

    Aww Nori is so cute! I love the idea of a shoe tieing class. It a really great way to celebrate this big girl milestone.

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  29. rika

    She is so adorable. I love Nordstrom, they always provide the best customer service

  30. Valerie robinson

    This is so cute! Love that there is a class for this. Will look into this for my daughter. Go Nori!!!

  31. Adrienne

    Way to go Nori! I used to work at Nordstom in high school and I didn’t even know that they had this service. So great!

  32. Cathy

    What a great experience! They look like they have a great kids selection!

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