Everyone has seen paracord bracelets, but how many of you have considered replacing your shoelaces with paracord to keep you safe, if you end up in an emergency situation. Here, we will give you step-by-step instructions on how to replace shoelaces with paracord.
Items Needed to Replace Shoelaces with Paracord
Before you begin replacing traditional shoelaces with paracord, you will need the following items:
- 550 paracord about 4 feet per shoe (varies by type of shoe)
- Traditional shoelaces (for comparison)
- Scissor, pocket knife, or other cutting tool
- Pair of shoes
Step 1: Measure and Cut Paracord
The first step in replacing shoelaces with paracord is to measure and cut the paracord. To do this, grab the traditional shoelaces that originally belonged to the shoe you are going to lace with paracord. Straighten the traditional laces as much as possible and then lay the paracord next to the traditional shoelace. Cut the paracord so that it is at the same length of the shoelace. Your measurements don’t have to be perfect, but it is incredibly important to be as close as possible.
Step 2: Seal the Paracord
After you have measured out the paracord you will need, it’s time to seal the paracord. Sealing the paracord is very important because unsealed paracord will eventually fray and begin to unravel. To avoid this simply grab a lighter and hold it near the end of the paracord. The heat from the paracord will seal the end and prevent it from coming unraveled. Sealing the ends of the paracord before you move on to step 2 will also make it extremely easy to thread the paracord through eyelets.
Step 3: Lace Shoes or Boots with Paracord
Now that you have sealed the end of the paracord, it is time to lace up your shoes or boots. The way you lace your shoes or boots is totally up to you, but you’ll find that lacing is a bit slower with paracord than traditional laces. Once your boots or shoes are laced up with paracord, you are ready to tie your laces and move on with your day to day activities.
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