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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
Got these to rotate with my S2Vs for a lighter change and I was happily surprised at how light and comfortable they really are, they're actually lighter than my running shoes. I had some discomfort at the heels the first day but they've been a perfect fit since. I've worn them every day for 2 months now, I've marched 100 miles at least and I can see them going another year easy.
My only worry is that while it's to be expected with a minimalist-size sole they are less substantial than I'm used to, so definitely not something for regular wear.

-6 month update
I probably wore these harder than I should have, but the heel finally wore through to the footbed, 2 eyelets popped out, and the stitching on one eyelet panel is coming off. The leather itself is in good shape though.

So FYI to those who read reviews these are good boots the soles just wear out quickly.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2014
The Tactical Research (Belleville) TR-101 boot is a true minimalist boot. Provided that you prepare the boot by trimming the laces, installing a shock absorbing insole, and removing the heel cup, it can serve excellently as a field boot in the most demanding environments. Watch my video for tips on how to prepare this boot for field use ;)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2013
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I've had these about a week now. Definitely the lightest boot i've owned, and perfect for my garrison wear. I love the sole, excellent grip, wide toe box and nice overall feel around the foot. Size about 1/2 size up from your issue boot (same size as my running shoes). Main complaint, as a couple others have noted, the lateral part of both ankles digs into my malleolus (ankle bone). I've had to wear some moleskin and trying to break that part of the boot so it's not as bad. If not for that issue, I would have given 5 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
I normally wear SV2s but tried these. I run with a zero drop shoe for PT so I was already used to a lower heal toe drop. they are fine for garrison and lighter field work however I did a ruckmarch this morning and had a problem with my ankle support. the heal toe drop and lack of cushion didnt effect me. i laced my boots as tight as i could an still they were not supportive enough. if you ruck in these i would recomend wrapping your ankles or soomething. or just ruck with a different boot.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2013
For some reason, Belleville decided to add this bizarre padded ankle support to these boots, and the way these boots fit, the ankle support pinches and rubs on my ankle resulting in soreness, abrasions and blisters. I thought I just needed to break these boots in, but months have passed and every time I wear them I end up with abraded ankle bones, and I'm only wearing them in my office! The only way I can stand it is to use duct tape on my ankle bones. I wonder if others are having this problem.(Please reply if you are) It's not like I have freakish ankle bones or anything. If I can ever get these boots broken in I think they'll be great. The Vibram part is wonderful. It's the Belleville parts that suck. What's up with the tongue sticking way out of the top of the boot?

I imagine there was debate at Belleville about putting the ankle support feature on these boots. Minimalist boots shouldn't provide ankle support. The whole idea of minimalist footwear is that our feet and ankles are strengthened by not having our feet in a cast all day. Besides, the last combat boot that actually provided decent ankle support was the Altama black leather combat boot that was issued in the 1980s. Boots with canvas and nylon uppers don't provide decent ankle support. So what we have is a compromise that provides the worst of both worlds.

Belleville, thanks for trying to make a minimalist boot. It just needs some product improvement and you'll have a great boot. I promise to buy the next version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2013
Size Name: 11.5 D(M) USVerified Purchase
I was a little conserned about the souls wearing out quickly or the boot not offering enough support. love the support and we will see about them wearing out but they have held up well so far. I did a 12 Mile Ruck in the with a 75 lbs ruck didnt have any problems. Although I must admit they do look a little goofy compared to your triditional military boot. Also as many "barefoot" minimalist runner alread know you will feel the rocks when you step on them so choose your footing wisely.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
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I purchased this boot not that long ago and have since grown quite fond of it.

I previously had purchased the Rocky C4T, Blackhawk Desert Ops and the TR393's. These are by far the lightest boots I have owned. They also feature quite rugged construction. In comparison to the other boots, they stand tall in durability. When compared to the standard issue Belleville boots these are miles ahead in terms of overall comfort. In my experience the Rocky's are #1 for comfort, second comes the 393's, the TR101's were more comfortable than the Blackhawks but all were far ahead of the standard issue boots.

As for usability they have excellent grip on dry surfaces (haven't had a chance to try them in the wet) as well as feature one of the better lightweight soles I've seen. Unlike the Rocky's and the TR393's they do not feature a mixed rubber/foam sole. It's one solid piece toe to heel. Granted I have spent most of my time in them on hard surfaces they seem to find off-road treks no more a challenge than carpet.

Similarly to other wearers I've had a little wear on the heel but nothing to extreme. Once broken in they became quite comfortable. For extended trips on paved surfaces I would either recommend you find some inserts or perhaps a pair of C4's for the comfort factor. If you or anyone you know is a fan of minimalist footwear of any type (even old canvas style shoes) I highly recommend picking these up.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
I've had these boots for about six weeks now and I'm a big, big fan. They've solved a significant concern of mine - what's the point of running in minimalist shoes if I have to wear non-minimalist boots most of the day?

I wear a 9.5 and didn't have to size-up or size-down for these. The 9.5s fit great. It took about 10 days to break them in, but now they feel wonderful. They are light and flexible and everything I was looking for. If you're military and you're serious about minimalist footwear then this needs to be your next purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2014
Size Name: 8.5 D(M) USVerified Purchase
These are my second pair of Mini-Mils, and i shall never again want for any other type of footwear! If you are looking for minimalist work boots or minimalist hiking boots, look no further. I was so pleased with my first pair of black Mini-Mills that i don't think i wore much else during that year. I might of worn them 330 out of 365 days in a year. I wore mine constantly as work boots in the building trades, as hiking boots, tree-climbing boots, running shoes, whatever. I even wore them in snow as often as i could. If you're working in the snow, they do get a little cold after a while, but two pairs of socks, laced loosely seems to help. I wear an 8.5US and they fit perfectly. They dry out super fast and look really complementary to a Utilikilt. I don't know if the soles will take a nail though. Fortunately i've been able to avoid stepping on nails for many years now, but i think they would offer some protection, or anyway an extra millisecond to correct your foot placement. I'm going for a tan pair for work and a black pair for dress. These are post-industrial ninja moccasins for the seriously hard-assed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2015
Size Name: 11.5 D(M) USVerified Purchase
Comfortable boot. Searched around for a while and read multiple reviews and any blog that may have mentioned them. For sneakers have been wearings Merrel Trail Gloves for well over a year and needed to make the transition to a boot for certain events (GORUCK) where I am looking to keep stuff (sand) out. The 8" height with fully sewn tongue will do the trick and drain holes wont make these walking buckets.

I run a size 11.5 trail gloves ... size 11.5 keen bryce hiking boots ... size 11.5 Bellevill MiniMals. I ordered an 11 just in case but was a little cramped so stuck with the 11.5

Break-in period is not long. I wore them all day at work right out of the box. As for working out in them under load it took a few trips but nothing major. There are a few write-ups out there about removing the heel cup ... but so far it is nothing that I have had to do

FWIW description calls out a 5mm drop. The MiniMal boot itself is a 2mm drop and the Belleville MiniMal TRANSITIONS are a 6mm drop. There are also two grommet drain holes on the inside arch area of the boot
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