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Once you buy a new pair of tactical boots, you’ll want to tie them up so they look good and give you the comfort and support you need to perform critical combat activities


There are countless ways to effectively tie or bind a tactical shoe, so many that it can be overwhelming to choose which method will work best for you.

I provide you with a guide to the basics, then step-by-step instructions for trying out the safest and most secure lacing styles of military boots available. Remember, if your military boots need a change, you can visit our military boots page in our store.

Popular Methods for Tying Military Boots or Tactics

When it comes to tactical laced boots, there is an endless variety of different patterns to choose from, from purely aesthetic styles to practical methods based on supportive and safe targets and techniques. The method that works best for you will depend on the dress code requirements of your job and your personal preferences.

Some of the Most Popular Tie and Tying Patterns Include


This method is the standard diagonal lacing pattern used in regular and sports shoes, which can also be adapted to create a range of visually appealing and unexpected designs. For a more uniform appearance, cross the same side at the top each time. This variation is called an overlay lace.


This pattern makes the laces appear horizontally parallel throughout the shoe or boot. It provides a very clean appearance and easy tightening capacity, but very little support for the foot and ankle.


As the name suggests, this pattern is commonly used on boots worn by various components of the armed forces. By keeping crosses inside, the laces are less prone to snagging and allow the sides of the shoe to flex easily, but this style can also be less favorable than other techniques.


The stair cord method offers the greatest stability and support. Its ladder-like appearance makes a strong visual impression while providing robust performance that will not move. Due to its complexity, it requires long laces and looks best with high tactical boots with many eyelets. It is often preferred by skydivers seeking the greatest amount of support, but can be more difficult to tighten in a hurry

Basic Instructions on How to Tie Militar Boots

  • We provide step-by-step instructions for tethering, as it is a popular pattern for combining tactical and combat boots and provides the most support for your feet and ankles. It is a little more complicated than most methods, so mastering it requires a little practice. Here’s how to try it yourself:
  • Use a pair of long laces. Tip: Try this technique with the laces you have before buying new ones. If you own a pair of 5.11 boots, the laces that come with them should be long enough.
  • Start with the laces or holes in the bottom of the boot.
  • Run a straight lace through the inside of the bottom row of laces or holes, pulling the ends up evenly on each side.
  • Gently pull the end of each lace into the vertical buttonhole directly above it and press each end.
  • Cross each end over the tongue of the boot to the other side.
  • Pull each lace to secure the tie, then thread each end into the next higher vertical eyelet.
  • Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you thread your laces through all the eyelets. Tip: When you cross laces over your tongue, always follow the same pattern, left to right or right to left, for a uniform appearance.
  • When you reach the top, you can either tie the knot inside the shoe or thread the laces on the opposite side, the last vertical section for an additional fit.
  • Use a double or square knot to prevent your laces from accidentally coming undone. Tip: If you have a large amount of excess laces in your shoes, wrap the ends around the boot at the ankle before tying the knot, and tuck the arch ends into the boot to keep them out of the way.
  • The end result should look like a ladder. Now, you can use your tactical or military boots for professional tasks and recreational activities alike, without having to worry so much about your laces coming loose or your feet slipping inside the military boot

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