The laces that came with my old boots were beginning to fray and one day after a hike I saw they had broken! So I searched for hiking boot laces and saw some people talking about paracord. I bought the olive drab and the orange ones. Immediately used the olive ones to replace my old boot string and went on a hike right away! The paracord looks and feels sturdy and the metal tips were perfectly crimped. If you need or want some laces, the 72" ones are perfect for my taller boots!