Less than a week after we bought new shoes, I’m repairing them already.

Tying shoelaces requires more patience than Ingrid or Adrian has. Both of them are quite finicky about how tightly they want shoes to fit their feet, so if the shoes have Velcro straps, they rip them open and re-close them again and again to get them just right, and the Velcro wears out in a few months. These elastic laces with a lock are both comfortable and convenient, but the producers can’t have tested their durability at all.

Zippers are actually pretty good, but unfortunately rare in kids’ shoes.