Velcro all the way folks, shoe laces are overrated when it comes to kids shoes. Kids don’t need to learn the essential lace tying skills like we had to as kids.
Since Back to the Future Part II came out in 1989 we’ve known self tying shoes are an inevitability, we’ve just got to tread water till they arrive.
I suspect our generation (1970-2000) will be the last ones who really need to learn that skill.
Hell I still can’t tie my shoes in the “traditionally taught” way.