Introduction: Boot Survival Kit

Hello again!  I'm back with another survival kit for y'all!  

If you've ever feared that you were not prepared for a survival situation [such as getting lost in the woods] or perhaps you want extra redundancy in you survival system or maybe you simply want to carry more items without taking up precious pocket space then this instructable is for you!!!  Pull yourself outta whatever situation you find yourself in by your bootstraps!  Literally!

See this kit and more on my new YouTube channel!!!

Things you will need:

Paracord [at least 15 feet]
Gorilla Tape [optional]
Nathan Shoe Pocket
Ka-Bar Last Ditch Knife

Step 1: Step 1

1st step, Unlace boots and layout shoe string and paracord.  Cut two lenghts of paracord equal to the length of shoe string. [6.5 feet of paracord each] 

Survival tip:Why replace bootlaces with paracord? Good question, there are multiple uses for paracord due mainly to it's strength [it can hold 550 lbs of weight] and it's inner strands [5-7 strands].  

Basically, if you are in a survival situation you want cordage, but you are going to need your shoes too.  Simply gut the paracord [pull out the inner strands] and relace your shoes and now you have another survival tool!

See 80 Uses for Paracord for more details.  :)

Step 2: Steps 2 & 3

Burn ends of paracord with lighter and immediately press tips into points [Caution, use pliers to mold ends of paracord! Melted paracord is very sticky and burns on contact!].  Remember, the finer the point of the paracord the easier it is to pass through shoelace eyelits so repeat these steps as needed.

Step 3: Step 4

4th, Lace up boots.  Use pliers if needed to pull paracord through hole but be gentle not to crack the tips of the paracord, you dont want to increase the diameter of the tip.

Step 4: Step 6

Attach velcro pocket pouch to shoe laces.  I placed Gorilla Tape on the reflective part of the pouch.

Step 5: Step 6

Lace up other shoe with the boot knife, some eyelits on boot knives may be small so be patient getting the paracord through.  This was the most tedious part of this kit for me.

Step 6: Final Step

Hurray! Now the fun part of choosing what goes inside of the pocket begins.  These are some items that could fit into the pocket [the thing with the squirrel is a box of matches], I would recommend a firestarter at a minimum.

Step 7: Happy Trails!

Now you're free to roam wherever your boots can take you!


Amonty24yiger made it!(author)2017-01-06

Awesome tutorial! Just got these and it worked like a charm! Thanks for the help.

CameronA15 made it!(author)2016-04-25

I use p-cord laces on all my boots being that i am a boy-scout you never know when you may need it. I find that if you are using steel toed boots out at least 10 ft on each foot (so you can wrap the p-cord around the ankle a couple of times) I've found that using the outer sheath of the p-cord works for tennis shoes better then all of it (keep in mind this reduces the overall load bearing strength to 200 lbs? i may be wrong) At any rate I my self do not like to use shoelaces except in my bowling shoes because i do not where those that often.

Darkman made it!(author)2015-11-06

I had been wondering how to incorporate boots into my standard multi use mentality. This is a great addition. I do reccomend, however, looking into fire laces. They are paracord with an extra red strand inside. That strand is flammable, and if you put a mouse steel inside the paracord before you melt it down, you have an additional tool. There is even a company that sells aglets for laces thet double as handcuff keys, fyi.

Kandiklown made it!(author)2015-10-23

I love ur idea but what about weather proofing as well and a little higher on the lace eyes as well other than that great idea

rizingf3nix made it!(author)2013-06-03

Wow, I totally dig your idea of storing survival items on the laces. I've laced my hiking boots with paracord, and found that after I melt the ends and put about a 1/4 inch of small heat shrink tubing on the end, that it really helps the lacing.

Keep rockin' it. Great idea!

StanJ2 made it!(author)2015-09-15

Heat shrink tubing ... kicking myself now .... great idea ... simple solution.

darman12 made it!(author)2013-08-23

Heat shrink tubing is an awesome idea!

BudgetBugout made it!(author)2013-06-03

Thanks man! Good suggestion too, I've heard of people using that item in similar kits.

GM1558 made it!(author)2015-09-15

Great idea, maybe for some smaller people we could leave the cord a little longer and wrap around the boot. Just in case we need extra length for an emergency.

synchronous0987 made it!(author)2015-07-09

I'm pretty sure your supposed to keep those on the ankles, to keep safe and dry. Everything in that pocket woul be destroyed in ten miles with me.

rvincent2 made it!(author)2014-11-12

and a cat to help :3

unclelar made it!(author)2014-10-30

I agree with micah50,been using paracord on all of my boots,(hunting,fishing and hiking). I have always double knotted and have never had them come loose.Nice job on the ible,may try this idea on my hunting boots seeing as how in my area deer season is opening very soon.Nice job

350smallblock made it!(author)2014-09-27

id be worried about the extra weight on the one foot, dpending on what u put on there.... it amazing what a couple of ounces will do to u when ur hiking more than a few miles.

apk2000 made it!(author)2014-04-21

Do you know if the pouch can find an Altoids Small tin?

Halphinian made it!(author)2013-11-08

Awesome! I really like the boot knife, too, where'd you get it?

the+knotty+biker made it!(author)2013-12-17 ka bar tdi, although i personally carry the benchmage heckler and koch instigator neck knife and i highly recommend both knives

ljsdraper made it!(author)2013-08-06

Good idea. I wonder if our military uses para cord on our boots. I know I didn't have any but I wasn't trained with survival training.

micah50 made it!(author)2013-08-09

Served 8 years in the Navy and the first thing out of Bootcamp we did was swap our laces for 7yards per boot of paracord..... you ended up having to wrap your leg about 4 or so times to keep the cord from dragging the ground and coming loose..... then again you always had enough cord for what ever the situation called for......

darman12 made it!(author)2013-08-23

Did they supply the paracord?

milnews_ca made it!(author)2013-08-08

Following up on ljsdraper's question, I'm wondering if the para cord knot tightens as well as a boot lace. I ask because I find when I use paracord as a draw string on, say, shorts, the knots are never as tight/secure as regular string.

Great stuff - thanks for sharing!

micah50 made it!(author)2013-08-09

and yes they tighten just fine..... since most people double knot anyways you should be all good..... ive been using cord as laces for almost 20 years now.

milnews_ca made it!(author)2013-08-09

Great - thanks again, and keep up the great sharing. Appreciated!

HogHunter made it!(author)2013-07-26

I would suggest making the para cord laces a lot longer than the original laces. You can wrap the extra length around the tops of the boot and the longer length may come in handy. Also I recommend the Cold Steel Bird and Trout Knife. It is a very lightweight fixed blade that has a sheath you can attach to the rear of the boot. It also has a finger loop in the tang that can be tied off as well. The total length is less than 7 inches but it is very handy.

Xibalbawax made it!(author)2013-07-24

Long time boot wear, dont leave the house without them. Nice job on this.

ZaneEricB made it!(author)2013-06-20

I suggest trading out or adding silver half dollars. Silver is interchangeable in any culture and situation....just a thought.

BudgetBugout made it!(author)2013-06-30

Hm, not a bad idea. I plan on researching silver for a similar purpose in the near future.

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