Tie Buddies® was born in January 2007 by inventor and mother of two,
Wendy Welling. As she lay next to her younger daughter, she kept thinking that
there simply had to be a better way to help her children learn to tie their own
Inspired by both her daughter’s excitement – and their increased
feelings of independence as they quickly learned to tie their own shoes – Wendy
spent months fiddling with prototypes and ideas until finally perfecting Tie
Buddies®. The key was to create cool characters and interactive stories
that help the child learn and retain the process and as well as eliminating the
frustrating ‘bunny ears or loops’ that just confuse children as they learn.
Thus in April 2007 this mother of two independent shoe-tying daughters
created her own company, Widget Works, Inc, and launched Tie Buddies®
into the market.
Tie Buddies® will revolutionize when and how children learn
to tie their shoes. With Velcro and slip-ons the average age of
children learning to tie has increased with some children learning as
late as 9 or 10.
Tie Buddies® offer children ages 3-9
the independence of tying their own shoes while quickly teaching them a
method which is based around characters and stories depicted on the Tie
Buddies® themselves. Tie Buddies® first offering includes one design each for boys and girls but rest assured more great characters are to come!