Belleville Tactical Research 'TR103 Minimalist Training Boot

3.9 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
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List Price: $168.00
Price: $129.99 - $134.99
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Update May 2014:

It's been months since buying these and I still wear them everyday.
These boots are now one of my favorite boots for hot/warm weather applications and everyday use.
so far so good no hot spots I love them good boOts.
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Sage Green
  • Leather
  • vibram sole
  • Grain-out leather and 1000 denier Cordura nylon
  • Compression molded EVA midsole, and single density molded EVA insole
  • VIBRAM "Tarsus" oil and slip resistant rubber outsole
  • Highly breathable unlined upper and padded Achilles support
  • Weighs less than 2lbs a pair

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Product Description

A true minimalist boot featuring a 5mm "drop" between the heel and forefoot, the Mini-Mil is designed specifically for the conditioned warrior athlete currently training in minimalistic athletic footwear. This quick-drying unlined boot is not only highly breathable, but lightweight too weighing less than 2lbs per pair.

The upper is made out of grain-out leather and 1000 denier Cordura nylon. The Mini-Mil features a compression molded EVA midsole and a single density molded EVA insole. The rugged, long-wearing outsole is made of VIBRAM "Tarsus" oil and slip resistant rubber.

Belleville has been making combat boots for Uncle Sam since World War I and is currently the largest boot supplier to the Department of Defense, but when they set out to design a new line of tactical combat boots (dubbed Tactical Research), they did not let tradition hold them back. They pioneered a novel approach that provides everything you need - reliability, stability, and traction - in a lightweight, comfortable boot that provides sure footing and an improved feel for the ground.

Why clunk around with an inch or two of rubber stuck to the bottom of your feet when you can glide through your area of operations?

For Women's Sizes go 2 size down from your regular Shoe size (ie. Woman's size 8, chose a size 6).

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    Size: 13 2E USColor: Sage Green Verified Purchase
    I usually don't have problems wearing a regular size 13 but I usually get a wide when they are available. I ordered a 13 wide yet my toes still get crammed up to the front while I'm walking around yet not so much when I'm just standing around. With any other size 13 shoe I've tried on I have at least not had my toes reach the very front. This leads me to believe that these run a little small, I would go with a 1/2 size to a full size larger if you usually fill out a 13 fairly well. I figured these would fit well since I also have Merrell trail gloves (These also have Vibram soles.) that are 13 wide and fit perfectly. Can't return them now. I've made the mistake of thinking I could break em in.

    Friggin hot spots jeeeeez. Got em on both of my Achilles. I started putting duct tape on my skin to prevent the hot spots during the break in process but it would still dig in pretty good. I walked around on campus a couple days, took em on a short trail walk and used them at work for a couple days and they barely got better. I started crushing and flexing the boot around the hot spots as much as I could before I wore them again. This actually helped a little more.

    I admit that the hot spot could be happening because the boot is not a proper fit for my foot but when I settle my heel into the spot where it should be it just feels like that leather in the back goes up to high past the bend in my ankle and causes the hot spot.

    I might try to buy these again at a later date with a size larger because I see the potential in these boots. It just pisses me off that these run small and are so hard to break in. If i can get the hot spot out in a reasonable amount of usage I might bump this up to four stars. If not, I might come back here and knock it down a peg.
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    Size: 12 D(M) USColor: Sage Green Verified Purchase
    My husband is all about barefoot running, and when necessary vibram running. Well, he works construction, obviously barefoot is not going to cut it. He has had all sorts of boots- heavy, steel toed, cheap from the local mart, tennis shoes, everything. Let me just say here that if he owns it, it will be destroyed. I haven't seen a pair of shoes (or pants, or shirt, or PHONE for that matter) last more than a few months- he just isn't a careful dude. Anyway, I was THRILLED to find these minimalist boots! Husband LOVES them. Lightweight enough that he doesn't feel encumbered by them, with enough support that I feel he isn't going to chop off a toe! Not sure how long these will last (like I said, he is really hard on clothes), but he loves them so much I am happy to buy a new pair every year if I need to- but I would bet they could last even longer than that! We put boot sealant to make them super duper water proof (we live in an area where it snows a lot... and is slushy A LOT). This will discolor the suede- but he had tromped through the mud with them on day 1... so what difference does that make? Highly recommend, and he order the size he normally wears (12) and they fit perfect!
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    These boots would be amazing if it wasn't for the horrible design of the ankle support. Where the boot meets with the ankle support it is stitched together there and it creates a sharp protrusion that after five days had both of my ankles bleeding. I only wore them 2-3 hours per day to break them in and wear pretty thick socks too. Because of how much I like the boot overall I'm going to find a way to fix it with a home made pad but I would not recommend them to anyone.
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    Size: 11.5 2E USColor: Sage Green Verified Purchase
    I wore the tan model of these boots for a stint in A-stan and fell in love with them... I ordered a pair of the green (required color for in garrison AF) they were waiting for me when I returned. The green model seems stiffer than the tan for what it's worth... not much, but noticeable. Here is a little warning, these boots take a bit to wear in, especially at the heel but once they conform to your foot you will love them! My tan boots are now my off duty footwear where I use them for just about everything. When the laces wear out (and they will quickly) use p-cord as a cheap replacement.
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    I purchased these boots because they are pretty much exactly what I am looking for, and there really are no similar styles on the market. I love everything about them except the horrendous design/quality assurance with regards to the "reinforced heel-cup".

    I understand the reasoning for this feature, but unfortunately the heel cup design promotes ridiculous hot spots. The heel-cup itself is an extremely rigid material, and intersects with some very soft, pliable nylon on the back of the boot, right at the Achilles tendon area. Each step causes the soft nylon to deform and the rigid heel-cup to gouge into the Achilles tendon area.

    I read in another review that you just need to give it time to break in. I made the mistake of thinking I could do this and now can't return them. I have hiked with these for many miles over several weeks, tried oiling the heel-cup, etc. It almost makes me suspicious if the heel-cup is made from a ballistic plastic, as it is just as rigid and unyielding as it was the day I took them out of the box.

    Wish there were alternatives to this boot, or that Bellville would re-work the design of the heel-cup area.
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