Introduction: Paracord Shoe Laces

I call these dedicated paracord laces because they were made specifically to be shoe laces (as opposed to the expectation of removing them for other uses). All it takes is a curling iron, super glue, dental floss, and a plastic bag.

Don't forget to enter the Paracord Contest. You could win your own Fish Bones to tie your paracord laces with!

Step 1: Gut the Cord.

If you have melted ends, cut them off. Pull out the inner strands and set them aside. 

Step 2: Fray the Ends

Wet the cord and use a comb to undo about 1" of braiding. In my opinion wet paracord frays faster than when it's dry. 

Step 3: Flat Iron

Pull the paracord through a curling iron until its both flat and dry. Make sure to keep the cord moving so no one spot gets too hot. You don't want to melt it. 

Step 4: Make Aglets

Tie off the ends with dental floss right at the point where the fraying stops. I used a constrictor knot. This knot creates a stopping point for the super glue. Saturate the frayed end and use your hand under a plastic bad to form the aglet. Hang dry. 

Step 5: Trim

Use a razor blade to trim the aglets to size. Now all that's left is to lace them in. 

Thanks for reading. 

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DanielB209 made it!(author)2015-11-20

I have done this in my hiking boots for years but I don't gut the cords from the center. If you leave them in you can use them later if you need light rope for something while you are outdoors. Just pull the laces out of your shoe cut the ends, pull the cords out of the core, tie them together end to end and put the outside housing back in your boot for show laces. You now have a rope 7 times as long as your shoe laces. You can use the cord to tie down a tent or as a bow to start a fire with a stick. I have never tried to make the ends pretty with super glue but I will with my next pair. Thanks for the great instructable!

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mycroft999 made it!(author)2014-01-30

I can attest to the longevity of paracord laces. I replaced my boot laces with paracord and while the boots wear out, the laces still show zero signs of wear after seven years of daily wear. I will say I didn't remove the inner strings from the cord and while the cord will flatten out where it goes through the holes in the boot, it returns to its original shape when laced into a new boot.

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John_the_Builder made it!(author)2015-04-26

I do the same thing for my Boots and Hiking shoes. They last forever and you can tug on them where normal boot laces will break under pressure.

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John_the_Builder made it!(author)2015-04-26

Cool, I replace all my boot laces with Paracord, but leave it intact, then burn the ends to keep them from Fraying. They outlast my boots by far, and can be used in survival situations. Never thought of putting them on dress shoes.

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Ricardo30 made it!(author)2014-11-08

It's so simple but amazing

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Rahdzhillaxxx made it!(author)2014-05-27

good ible

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Rahdzhillaxxx made it!(author)2014-05-27

I will attest to the longevity of 550 laces. I have my first pair still after several years and three pair of shoes. all my new shoes get new laces as soon as they get home. Got real tired of the two week laces that come with them.
I go all ghetto style and just melt the ends into a little ball and shape them with a little multi tool. not as pretty but whatever gets the end through the eyelets.
I will incorporate the fraying next time though... great instructible.

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Rahdzhillaxxx made it!(author)2014-05-27

I will attest to the longevity of 550 laces. I have my first pair still after several years and three pair of shoes. all my new shoes get new laces as soon as they get home. Got real tired of the two week laces that come with them.
I go all ghetto style and just melt the ends into a little ball and shape them with a little multi tool. not as pretty but whatever gets the end through the eyelets.
I will incorporate the fraying next time though... great instructible.

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Misac-kun made it!(author)2014-02-05

I made mine with Heat shrink Tubing.

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seamster made it!(author)2014-01-09

Nice paracord use. I especially like the trick for making the aglets.

(It's kind of silly, but the only reason I know what an aglet is, is because of Phineas and Ferb!)

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Mrballeng made it!(author)2014-01-12

Funny you say that. The only reason I found out about the Phineas and Ferb song was because I googled how to spell aglet.

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seamster made it!(author)2014-01-12

Ha!

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dkrall made it!(author)2014-01-10

can you use the gutted thread instead of floss?

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Mrballeng made it!(author)2014-01-12

I used dental floss because of the wax coating. That way the super glue doesn't stick.

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austin111612 made it!(author)2014-01-11

Hey on the titanium ring instructable what lathe and tools did you use and the name brands of them

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