If you’re a soldier, you tie your military boots every day. In the morning, at night – you probably don’t think twice about it. After all, you’ve probably been tying your shoes since you were in kindergarten. But, if you get caught with your boots untied, you know you’re going to be in trouble. To help you avoid a mishap, we’re going to go over the best way to tie for boots.
Choose the Right Laces
Do you just accept the laces that come with your new boots? Did you know that the material your laces is made of is extremely important? It’s true, it is. Not only that, but the way you lace your boot pays a big part in the overall fit and performance of the footwear.
Laces use to be made of fibers, hemp, or cotton. Eventually, most manufacturers opted to switch to synthetic materials. But, the biggest use with synthetic materials is it’s slippery. Slippery laces is the fastest way to have your show come untied. Doesn’t sound like that big of deal until you realize a loose boot also causes friction. And, friction causes sores, blisters, and other unpleasantness.
Most soldiers will tell you, if you aren’t lacing up your tactical boots with 550 cord, you may as well not use laces at all. Afterall – 550 cord is used to maintain parachutes for hundreds of jumps, so you can use it confidently to keep your boots tied. To lace your military boots with 550 cord; cut it into 2’ to 3’ strands, gut the cords, take the white strands out, and then burn the ends. It’s important to always use an overhand knot with 550 cord to make sure it stays laced.
Understanding How to Lace Boots Properly
Tactical boots worn by soldiers usually have a pattern of aglets for laces. One of the most popular brands that uses a hybrid pattern of eyelets is the Rocky S2V. Rocky is fond of speedlacing systems. The systems vary from one brand to the other, but all of the system cinch boot uppers tight to the boot’s tongue in an effort to stabilize the ankles. Some tactical boots use eyelets that enter the loop horizontally. The loop creates a turn that helps keep the lace tied.
There you have it, the best way to tie your military boots. Remember to choose a reputable tactical boot with a speed lace system, and you won’t have to constantly worry about your boots coming untied.