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Thread: Lacing Boots

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    Lacing Boots

    Apologies if you know this but it's one of those simple things that often pass one by.

    If you get heel lift on your boot (which can cause blisters or hot spots) you can help reduce it with your lacing. When you reach the 'bend' in your boots rather than just carry on criss-crossing the laces do an overhand knot (like the first part of a bow) and then again for the next set of hooks up. This will help hold the boot steady around your ankle.

    When you get to the top and are ready to tie the bow put an extra trun into your overhand knot. This will help hold the laces in place while you get tied, keeping the tension on the laces and holding your boot firm.

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    Ahh I was taught never to kriss cross your laces. My Grandfarther fought with the Gurhkas and used to tell the story of how they used to creep up behind the nice gentlemen (of un-known nationallity) and feel their laces... if "Ladder Laced" (I think thats what he called it) they would know that they were British, and would leave them alone, if laced up kriss-cross they were Germans, and therefore got a Kuhkri to the jugular very quickly and very quietly. .

    Whether or not thats true... or whether its a way of getting small boys to lace their shoes properly I do not know. But its a good story.


    Sam
    "Even at the very bottom of the river, I didn't think to myself, Is this a hearty joke or the merest accident? I just thought, it's wet." - Eeyore

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    don't know about the gherkins bit,but ladder is UK forces way can also be removed with a knife easily in one go by a medic,etc!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steyr View Post
    don't know about the gherkins bit,but ladder is UK forces way can also be removed with a knife easily in one go by a medic,etc!!
    same in the Andrew, except I was always told it was so you could lose your boots quickly should you end up in the briny

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    Sam - absolutely true, although the reason for lacing without crossing is to easy the removal of the boot when laces are cut after injury, badly swollen feet etc. Supposedly the Ghurkas used it to their advantage when identifying sentries.

    They're not of the same calibre today, but they're still sneeky wee buggers. Just never give them any new kit - no-one can break it quicker "Mr, it broaken, it broke!"

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    Hi Sam,
    My old man also fought alongside Gurkhas and he used to tell the same story re the shoelaces!!!

    Hummel

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    Well there you go, must be true then.


    Back to ladder lacing my boots then!


    Sam
    "Even at the very bottom of the river, I didn't think to myself, Is this a hearty joke or the merest accident? I just thought, it's wet." - Eeyore

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    When I was in the Combined Cadet Force the story I was given for "ladder" lacing was that if you got an injured foot it would be a simpler matter to cut through laces done this way and get the boot off to treat the injury.

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    While you lot are on about laces, if you have had experience of laces coming undone, or going slack, try rubbing the laces last few inches with a candle, the wax seems to stop them loosening up.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    I shall continue with the criss cross lacing I have used for many years successfully. So far I have not had to repel a night attack by Ghurkas or consider field first aid as a result of incoming enemy fire, mines etc. whilst stalking, therefore consider these poor reasons to change now!

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