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How to Tuck Pants Into Military Boots: 4 Easy Methods!

Written by Everett Bledsoe / Fact checked by Brain Bartell

How To Tuck Pants Into Military Boots

The best way to keep your feet from crawlies and other bugs is to tuck your pants in your military boots. Compared to blousing your boots, tucking your pants into boots doesn’t need any special tools. All you need are a good pair of tactical pants and military boots.

If you don’t know how to tuck pants into military boots properly, then let me help you with this article. Let’s learn the steps, as well as the advantages of doing them.

Step-By-Step Instructions


What You’ll Need

It’s a given that you have your pants and military boots ready for this guide. Other things you might need include:

  • Socks

You’ll need a pair of good socks to protect your feet when using military boots. Using the wrong ones can destroy your hiking experience. The best socks for military boots should be breathable, moisture-wicking, and prevent foot odor.

The weather can also determine what type of socks to wear. When it’s winter, opt for socks made from natural fiber to prevent having cold feet. You also need to keep your foot dry, so it’s nice to get socks that are breathable and moisture-wicking.

If you opt for Method 2, make sure that the socks are tight because you want them to hold your pants inside your boots securely.

  • Elastic Blouse Bands (Only For Method 3)

An elastic blouse band offers a cozier fit to secure your legs and feet from the cold and other debris. It’s practically used to keep any loose fabric from blocking your way when doing any physical activity. With this material, you can save your pants from any type of mud and provide a rugged look.

If you’re a DIY kind of person, you can create your own blouse bands at home. Buy a woven elastic band and sew Velcro patches on it. You can also use garters, rubber bands, and shoelaces.


Method 1: Tuck In Your Pants

This method is the easiest way to achieve as it requires no special tools, like elastic bands. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Wear Your Pants, Socks, And Boots

Put on your pants and socks as you normally would. Try straightening out the fabric around the ankle part. If it goes beyond your ankle, fold it in the back to prevent your pants from bunching up when you stand up.

Finally, wear your pair of military boots as usual.

Step 2: Loosen Your Boots

Loosen your military boots a little to give room for your tactical pants to tuck in. Unzip your tactical boots if they have zippers, then remove the bow laces and loosen them. You don’t need to unlace all of the laces completely; otherwise, you’ll start from scratch and waste a lot of time.

Step 3: Tuck The Pants In Your Boots

Now, it’s tuck in time! Tuck the pants’ ends inside your boots carefully. Do it cautiously so you’ll still feel comfortable when tucking them in. Try to adjust the leg pants so they don’t get bunched inside your boots when you stand up.

Others try to skip the strategic tucking to give a more cozy feel. If you’re one of them, simply slide your boots on and see what happens.

Step 4 : Zip And Lace Your Boots

Once you’re done tucking your pants, zip and lace your military boots. Next, pull the tongue and lace it firmly. Finish your laces with a nice bow.

It’s essential to tighten the boot laces to keep your leg pants secured. Don’t forget to hide the bow laces into your boots’ collar to keep them from entangling while you walk. This method will also make your tactical pants look neat.

Method 2: The Sock Method

Another way to tuck your pants into boots is to use your tall socks to tighten the security. This method is ideal if your tactical pants are loose at the end.

Step 1: Cuff Your Pants

If you have very long pants, you can cuff them, so they don’t extend beyond your ankle. Cuffing your pants also ensures that they don’t bunch up when you move. Fold the extra cloth against your leg until your pants are tight all the way to your ankle.

Watch how to cuff your pants in this video.

Step 2: Wear Your Socks

Once you’re done cuffing and folding your pants, wear your socks. Pull the socks over the folded pants to hold them the way they are. The socks should feel tight to hold your pants against your leg more securely.

When putting the socks on, use one hand to secure your pants folded against your leg. Use the other hand to put a tall sock over your pants.

Step 3: Put Your Boots On

Next, wear boots over your socks as you normally would. Zip or tie your shoes over your socks. Do it carefully to keep the folded pants tucked inside your socks securely. No one will notice how much cloth is skillfully hidden away within your military boots. How tight depends on your comfort level.

Method 3: Use Elastic Bands

When it’s cold, and you want to protect your feet and legs from freezing, using elastic bands is the best way to go. Here are the steps in using elastic bands to tuck your pants into your boots.

Step 1: Wear Your Pants, Socks, And Boots

Like you normally would, put on your pants. Next, wear your socks and make sure that they’re way above your boots to give extra protection.

Finally, wear your boots carefully. Zip or tie the laces tightly. Make sure to keep the crosses on the inside to protect the laces from snagging quickly and allow the sides to flex easily.

Step 2: Install The Elastic Blousing Strap

In one leg, lift the pants up to your knee to show the full boot and leg area. Put the first blousing strap around your exposed leg. You can put the strap above the boot opening, just below the calf.

Next, secure the strap using the Velcro or hook and loop closure.

Step 3: Tuck The Hem

Grasp the hem of your pant leg and fold it inward and upward beneath the strap. Doing so will fix the fabric between your skin and the strap. Remember not to over-tuck to give enough room to adjust the pant leg over your boot and sock.

Smooth the cloth around and under the strap using your fingers. Make some adjustments to make the tuck neat and comfortable.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other leg.

Why Tuck Your Pants Into Military Boots

The main benefit of tucking your pants is to keep the bugs away. The crawlies won’t be able to touch your legs and feet even if you travel in forests and other remote areas. Best of all, it’s easy to do.

Another benefit is to make yourself look neat and professional. Tucking your pants into your military boots does give a genuine military appearance. Also, they don’t constrict your blood circulation compared to blousing your pants.

However, your tucked pants can slip out of the boots when in motion. To prevent this issue, try securing your pants with an elastic band. You should be aware that the elastic band can affect your circulation.


Now that you know how to tuck pants into military boots, you can protect your legs and feet from bugs. Doing so can also help you look neat and professional. The best news is that it can do it several ways- sock method, elastic bands, and

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