How to Tie Military Boots

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How to Tie Military Boots
All U.S. military boots are laced using a left-over-right pattern up the boot. (army boots image by green 308 from Fotolia.com)

Servicemen and women are taught how to lace issued military boots specifically to avoid loose laces during combat and so the boots can be removed quickly with a knife if a solider is wounded. The specific lacing is also known as ladder lacing and can be found as the preferred knot on tall, fashionable boots. This type of lacing is practical in that it keeps the boot on firmly while keeping the laces out of the way.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Insert the lace through the bottom eyelets of the shoe. Start by leading the lace through the left hole and then the right.

    How to Tie Military Boots
    Be sure the laces are new and aren't frayed. (shoes image by szpunt from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Hold both sides of the lace up next to each other to ensure the laces are even.

  3. 3

    Run the right lace into the next available eyelet on the left. Now take the left end and pass it over the right lace and up through the next available eyelet on the right.

  4. 4

    Take the left lace and feed it through the next available eyelet on the right. Take the right end and pass it over the left lace and up through the next available eyelet on the left.

    How to Tie Military Boots
    Some use ladder lacing for civilian boots. (boots line-up image by Lars Christensen from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Continue to cross the laces in this manner until your reach the top of the boot.

  6. 6

    Double knot the lace at the top of the boot.

  7. 7

    Tuck the laces inside the top of the boot.

    How to Tie Military Boots
    The laces will stay secure with the ladder knot. (soldiers on the parade image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Follow the instructions given to you by your commanding officer as how to tie the top of your boot. Some officers require you bring the lacing around the top of the boot and tie it in the back.

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