A long, long time ago, in a kindergarten room far, far away, little students learned how to lace and tie their shoes. The alliance of children who knew how to tie their own shoes was crumbling, and reinforcements were yet afar off. Teachers pitted their efforts against the growing numbers of “bunny ear” ties, but their efforts were being repelled on every side by the infamous double-hitch. In preparation for a final battle, paper shoes were manned with yarn laces, and the battle lines were drawn. Somewhere in the middle of it all, little furry bears with spears became involved, but that’s neither here, nor there.
Eventually, the kids learned how to tie their own darn shoes. End of story. Epic music in the background, words flying off the screen into the distance, and large, impossible, fire-based explosions in the vacuum of space. They lived happily ever after and went on to tie their own shoes everyday of their lives without much ado or even a second thought as to when exactly they learned how to do it. In fact, it would take an article being written about shoe lace tying for them to think back and make a liar out of the author after she said that no one really thinks about shoe lace tying.
On to the app! It is what it says it is. This app presents videos of how to lace shoes in various ways. Some of them, I freely admit, look somewhat cool. The spiderweb especially. There’s just something about it being too closely related to “cat’s cradle” from my elementary school days for me to take it too seriously. Better yet, I can’t take an app too seriously that is trying to teach people how to tie their shoes. Adults and teenagers no less.
The apps works by clicking on the photo of the lace design that you like, and it plays a video of how to make it. That’s all there is to it. However, I have to say that I looked up shoe lace designs on Youtube, and there’s plenty of them. Better yet, they’re free. The Shoe Lacing app is not.