One of the many things that can go wrong on a hike is a broken shoelace. Perhaps you\'ve gone trekking through the woods in your trusty hiking boots that have many miles on them and thus much wear and tear on your laces. Over time and terrain, your laces weaken and you might not even have noticed until it is too late and one snaps. Or perhaps you got snagged on something sharp that cut through your laces. Regardless of how it happened, you are going to find yourself in a very unfortunate situation if you cannot keep your shoe on your foot and have miles of hiking to go before you make it back to your vehicle and/or another pair of shoes with laces.
It has to become a part of your normal routine to practice preparedness because things happen when you least expect it. If you have a shoe lace break, you are going to have to do something about it, especially if you are far from home in wet or soggy terrain. There is nothing like a nasty case of trench foot to ruin your day, not to mention a pesky case of athlete\'s foot that can itch and burn for days before you are able to make it go away.
Lacing your shoes with paracord sounds easy enough, but you need to consider the size of the holes through which you need to thread that paracord. Some shoes have small holes, which could make threading paracord quite difficult. In the case of small holes, you will have to be prepared to deal with a need to hollow them out and make them larger or find a way to make your paracord smaller. Pulling the interior strands out of your outer paracord casing and lacing your shoes with only the casing is one possibility. You can also lace with only the interior strands; each one has a 50lb tensile strength, after all, so surely that could get you through temporarily as odds are you may not have a lacing needle or hemostats with you on the trail.
Carrying a lighter and a marlin spike will be helpful to you throughout the lacing process. The lighter can be used to burn loose edges so they will not fray. You can also use your lighter to create a point, making your paracord easier to push through a tight lace hole. The marlin spike can help you in both hollowing out your shoelace hole and pushing the paracord through the openings.
Be sure to plan ahead and prepare for unfortunate events such as a broken shoe lace. Walking miles in a wet or socked foot over items such as gravel or rough foliage will not be the most fun you\'ve ever had, so pack some extra paracord for makeshift laces. A broken lace may never happen, but if it does, you will be thankful you thought ahead and were prepared.