If survival gear is part of your wardrobe, you’ll be more prepared for an emergency. Check out the video on how to make boot or shoe laces out of paracord.
by Leon Pantenburg
One of the first things I do to a new pair of boots or hiking shoes is to replace the standard laces with those made of paracord.
The reasoning is simple: If I ever need a piece of paracord, I can use one of my shoe laces.
Paracord, or parachute line, is made up of a tubular case containing seven pieces of thinner nylon threads, according to survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt, each of which can be further separated into three even finer threads. Tensile strength of a piece of line is 550 lbs. The tensile strength of one piece of the inner thread is about 35 lbs. The tensile strength of the very smallest fibers is probably around 8 or 9 lbs.
At this point, he says, the material is useful as a dental floss substitute, sewing thread, fishing line and even suture material. (To learn more about paracord, check out Peter Kummerfeldt’s story.)
Making bootlaces is simplicity itself: Cut the paracord to fit, them fuse the ends with a match or lighter.
Here’s a few tips to make that easier.
- Once the cord is cut, slide the covering back about half an inch, and cut off the threads.
- Slightly twist the covering, and apply heat from a match or open flame of some kind.
- Further twist the warmed covering into a hardened, pointed end.
There is also another way to fix the end by using some shrink tubing from Radio Shack – check out both videos below.
And that’s it. A paracord boot lace will outlast a standard boot by far, since the threads wear out and break individually. Subsequently, a bootlace will last until the last thread is finally worn out.
Paracord comes in all colors, and I particularly like the reflector florescent orange paracord. It is easily seen, and you can uses pieces of it to mark a trail in the dark. It is also highly visible in camp, to keep you from tripping over a tent stake or tarp fastening.
Wilderness and urban survival all boils down to common sense, and being prepared. If you integrate survival items into your wardrobe and every day carry routine, you won’t have to scrounge for survival tools during an emergency.