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Old 08-13-2010, 03:08 PM
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Does anyone else use 550 cord instead of normal shoelaces on their shoes/boots? I find that it holds up much better than any other shoestring I've tried, and without those annoying plastic things on the ends.
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You do realize that those "annoying plastic things on the ends" can be cut off right? More seriously, I have used paracord for one pair of my boots because, for some reason, I've broken two pairs of strings on that one pair of boots. The paracord has held up for about a year now.
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I have something like it on my tennis shoes,I'll be darned if I can keep the stinking things (No pun intended) tied. I bet I tie my shoes 10 times a day.

I'm switchin to the real deal paracord when I get home.
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I replaced the laces on all my combat boots but after wearing them I found the 66" laces came undone easily so maybe I need to make the 72"

I don't know why you hate those aglets, without them it's much harder to thread the laces through the eyelets. I used glue on mine to make the paracord thinner and harder at the tips much like an aglet.

Want to be a shoelace geek? http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/shoelacetips.htm
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I hate them once they start to come apart (which is usually pretty quick), because then the lace begins to fray and it becomes harder to thread. I just melt the ends of the paracord with a lighter and form them into tips. I've yet to have melted cord fray.
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They even hold up if you 'gut' them. Just the outer shell is usually enough to do the job.
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All of my field/deployment gear has always had them.
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Did you know that the useless thing on the end of your shoelace is called an aglet?

Yes, I am a veritable font of useless information...
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Did you know that the useless thing on the end of your shoelace is called an aglet?

Yes, I am a veritable font of useless information...
lol I was just gonna say that. I love "amazing" people with that worthless bit of info.
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I do. I like it.
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If I'd read a little more carefully I might have noticed that OhCanada already mentioned what they were called...
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I personally do not have paracord as my shoelaces currently...

However, during a weekend out on the water on the 4th of July, one of the people we were tied up with was a Marine of many many years. Currently he has been undergoing training for use in anti-drug stuff in South America, and was discussing with me the various things he has been getting taught, such as high speed vehicle manuevers, how to get out of a vehicle trunk when bound in under 30 seconds, etc... He told me he keeps paracord as his shoelaces. One use he said was if bound with the zip ties in common use now in place of hand cuffs, paracord (not limited to just paracord mind you) can be used as a saw to melt through the plastic zip ties and free yourself. Its something to think about (I never thought about it used for such a purpose), and I found it interesting.
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One use he said was if bound with the zip ties in common use now in place of hand cuffs, paracord (not limited to just paracord mind you) can be used as a saw to melt through the plastic zip ties and free yourself. Its something to think about (I never thought about it used for such a purpose), and I found it interesting.
Hmm just tried this using Mil-Spec, 550 cord (OD). The outer cord failed way before the PP cuffs. Having said that, it did make a dent in the plastic. The sucker got really hot. Moving on with just the 7 inner strands I was able to defeat the strap. It took less than three minutes. I will have to file this away in my rememberer. As the Mythbusters say. "Plausible." You have to do it pretty fast and use a lot of tension. The heat from friction is what seems to do the trick. I guess I will have to start leaving the inner strands in my 550 shoelaces from now on.
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I have paracord laces in several pairs of boots. Tough as hell and for some reason very seldom tangle up when you are unlacing.

Never have had one untie on its own and the colors available make them hard to tell from "store bought" laces.
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I like using shock cord for boot laces since I rarely tie them tight.
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when the aglets come off, I burn the end of the lace with a lighter then put heat shrink tube over the lace and melt that. Just be careful you don't burn the lace in the process.
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Default Paracord laces "Armor Tactical Laces"

I have had a pair of Armor Tactical Laces for going on 2 years. They are the best. I could have made my own but the ends on the AT laces are nice and permanent heat fused (no plastic or metal ends). ATL suggested I use the "Ian Secure Shoelace Knot" to tie them. It is the best way to tie any laces, its easy to tie and will not come untied until you want it untied. If you are having trouble with the laces coming untied use the "Ian Secure Knot".
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Does anyone else use 550 cord instead of normal shoelaces on their shoes/boots?
Yes. Works well.
May want to cut 'em long enough so you can 'double' the knot.
Not always a problem, but sometimes they slip....the cord is a little on the smooth side.
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I buy Kevlar reinforced boot laces from some guy on eBay.
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YES ! I use mil issue od green. I use just the outer sheath on my keen PCT hikers they have been on there for a year with no signs of breakage. Because of this I have decided I will never "buy" anymore laces they will all become 550 as they break.
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