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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
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Step 1: Step 1

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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

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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

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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

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Attach velcro pocket pouch to shoe laces.  I placed Gorilla Tape on the reflective part of the pouch.
rvincent24 months ago

and a cat to help :3

unclelar4 months ago

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

350smallblock6 months ago
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.
apk200011 months ago
Do you know if the pouch can find an Altoids Small tin?
Halphinian1 year ago
Awesome! I really like the boot knife, too, where'd you get it? ka bar tdi, although i personally carry the benchmage heckler and koch instigator neck knife and i highly recommend both knives
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!
Heat shrink tubing is an awesome idea!
BudgetBugout (author)  rizingf3nix1 year ago
Thanks man! Good suggestion too, I've heard of people using that item in similar kits.
ljsdraper1 year ago
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.
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......
Did they supply the paracord?
milnews_ca1 year ago
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!
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.
Great - thanks again, and keep up the great sharing. Appreciated!
HogHunter1 year ago
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.
Xibalbawax1 year ago
Long time boot wear, dont leave the house without them. Nice job on this.
ZaneEricB1 year ago
I suggest trading out or adding silver half dollars. Silver is interchangeable in any culture and situation....just a thought.
BudgetBugout (author)  ZaneEricB1 year ago
Hm, not a bad idea. I plan on researching silver for a similar purpose in the near future.