@edmondx showing off shoe with buckle (l) @edmondx speaking outside (c) @edmondx showing off shoe with buckle as part of the one two buckle my shoe meme, with THAT ONE SOUND FROM TIKTOK logo in bottom right corner (r).

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‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’ gets resized for the TikTok era

'Bro sang a little jingle.'


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Posted on May 12, 2023   Updated on Sep 13, 2023, 6:11 pm CDT

That One Sound is a weekly column from senior internet culture writer Audra Schroeder that explores the origin of popular sounds heard on TikTok. Suggestions? Tips? Email [email protected]

Sometimes you get a great example of just how siloed-off TikTok is: This week’s sound is one I hadn’t heard on my FYP, but it’s super-viral on some other wing of TikTok, where a centuries-old nursery rhyme is getting a rebrand. It’s “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.”

‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’: The sound

Since early April, a sound has been going around TikTok that features creator Eddy (@edmondx) saying, “Yo bro, come over here. Check out my new shoes.” While showing off the shoes—black Nikes with fake yellow buckles on them—he breaks into a sneaker-focused rendition of “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.”

@edmondx fake everything #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #w #yeat #fypツ #nelk #xyzbca #w #edmondx #fypp #foryouu #mrbeast #fyppp #trending #viral ♬ original sound – eddy

The TikTok featuring “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” has more than 64 million views and has been used in more than 43,000 posts in the last month. It’s also been remixed, fan-edited, and memed, and brands have started using it as well.

@chadskieee #duet with @eddy @Nickelodeon ahh remix 💀 nice shoes btw 🩴 #musiciansoftiktok #nickelodeon #remix #fyp #fy #xyzbca ♬ original sound – eddy
@justashelfthesecond Majestic #trend #fyp #letthisblowup #fypシviral #dontletthisflop #viralシ #viralシ゚ #relatable #algorithm #pov ♬ original sound – eddy

At least Nickelodeon’s official account came with the correct vibe.

@nickelodeon so fire 🔥 #12bucklemyshoe #bucklemyshoe #spongebob #patrick ♬ original sound – 💀I Now Follow Everyone Back💀

‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’: Where’s it from?

Eddy lifted the first line of the jingle from the traditional nursery rhyme “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe,” which originated in the 1800s. The song feels like it’s part of a bigger sneaker meme trend that brought us “What are those?” and Damn Daniel, but the fact that it’s melodic opened it up to more possibilities. There’s a 10-hour version of the song as well.

@unclepaulofficial 1, 2 Buckle my shoes 🎶#fyp #foryou #blowthisup #humor #joke #April #viral #fortnite #epic #tiktok #jennaortega #MrBeast #happy #CapCut ♬ original sound – eddy

‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’: Sound off

As with any trend or viral sound, people are already growing tired of seeing “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” everywhere. But it did come in handy during the Coronation.

@the.fred_koch King Charles with the 1 2 buckle my shoe #12bucklemyshoe #meme #kingcharles #kingmeme #funny #fyp @KingCharles&CamillaCoronation ♬ original sound – Fred Koch

Last week, Eddy collaborated on a TikTok with controversial YouTuber Mr. Beast, which some took as a sign the trend is officially dead. But an older generation is picking it up, too.

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*First Published: May 12, 2023, 8:00 am CDT