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- Vibram sole
- Flesh-out suede leather and 1000 denier Cordura nylon
- AR 670-1 Compliant
- VIBRAM "Tarsus" oil and slip resistant rubber outsole
- Aero-Spacer breathable, hydrophilic lining
- Weighs less than 2lbs a pair
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Following up on the tremendous demand for the MINI-MiL minimalist training boot, Tactical Research by Belleville introduces a new "Transition" boot. Designed specifically for the warrior athlete who is interested in shedding traditional duty boots and evolving toward a more natural movement, the MINI-MiL Transition is the ideal cross over boot for ultimately conditioning the body for zero-drop, "Barefoot" footwear. 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. The Aero-Spacer mesh lining wicks away moisture from your feet and makes this boot breathable as well. The pull-on loop makes for easy on and off. This lightweight pair of boots also weigh less than 2lbs. AR 670-1 compliant.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.For Women's Sizes go 2 size down from your regular Shoe size (ie. Woman's size 8, chose a size 6).
- Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B07C9CQVWP
- Date first available at Amazon.com: March 24, 2014
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--Paracord laces with plastic shrouded tips (well, it's kinda like paracord...it has a tad bit of elasticity to it).
--Light! These boots weigh in ounces, not in pounds. My buddy at work wanted to see one, I hurled a boot at him. He caught it with no effort or recoil. Light as a tennis shoe. I literally dash up stairs in these things. Doesn't feel like my feet are wearing weights anymore.
--Has that nitch at the ankles that allow for easy bending and no special lacing configurations.
--Fits like a glove. Feels like a tennis shoe. This boot contours to your foot. You can feel what you are walking on. Feels like those trail shoes that are little more than a sole and covering.
--Good ankle support.
--Sole has nice a grip. It's a Vibram.
--You can sprint in the boots because they are light and the sole is flexible.
--No need for an insole (it comes with one), but you can change it out.
--Breathable. I wore heavy socks with this boot in July and my feet felt great.
--Sized right (ie: you normally wear an 8 but for X brand shoe you have to order a 9).
--AR 670-1 compliant (w/OCPs). I bought the brown boot, not the coyote brown boot.
--Break in time is in seconds, not days or weeks.
--The sole is thin. You may NOT want to feel what you are walking on like you don't in most thick soled boots. That being said, if you are fearful of having sharp pointy objects go through your boot, this is not your boot. You'd want to be careful around nails and pungies with this boot. I say that to mean that most issued boots have a thick enough, and hard enough, sole to stop most penetrations by nails or similar objects. This one does not.
--The sole is thin. I pronate. I get that lopsided heel after a while. With a thick soled boot, with a robust heel, you can get away with uneven wear. The heel in this boot is not as robust (hard), or high, as the standard issued boot with it's harder Vibram soles. It's gonna wear out faster.
--Padding. There is ample padding for impacts, I don't think it will last for years like a normal issued boot--the sole seems to be of a softer compound than my other issued boots. And I think the padding will "scrunch" like in a sneaker (under the heel), and thus lose some of its impact absorption. As for ruck marching, this would be a good boot as your feet are not taking a pounding from a hard mostly inflexible sole. My only concern is the heel. There's enough padding there, but I feel it's not enough for repeated long marches (early setting in of "scrunch"). It just seems awfully thin back there.
In conclusion, this boot is very comfortable. Your feet will love them. However, you're not going to have this boot around for years and get away with only changing the insole. In garrison, you'll have this boot forever. In the field, like if you are Infantry, maybe 1-1.5 years. This boot will likely wear out faster than the normal inflexible, thick soled, boot. However, the comfort you gain is worth it. If you get two pair and rotate them, you should be fine.
Ok, before I say why I like these so much I need to say a little about my issue with most shoes. Unfortunately very few commercially made shoes or boots fit me. If the length is right, the heel is fine but the forefoot is far too narrow. If a show is wide enough for my forefoot, it's generally much too long. Wide sizes don't work either, as my heel isn't wide - just my forefoot. The result of wide sizes is that my heel slides around like an ice skater, not good. It seems my feet don't match other humans. So, I have very few shoes. The few I have are all barefoot/minimal style as that seems to match my feet better. Most barefoot/minimal shoes are running shoes, great for ummm... running. What if you want something other than running shoes? A few options, but not many.
Enter the Belleville Mini Mil series. I wasn't sure what to expect really, I've read both positive and negative reviews. There are two boot styles, with differing amounts of toe drop. These are the transitions, a lower toe drop than most boots, but still more than the other Mini-Mil boots. They're supposed to be a transition boot to ease you into minimal shoes gradually. I'm usually either barefoot or have zero drop so to me, these actually feel like a big heel with lots of toe drop. Still, for people coming from conventional shoes, it'd likely feel flatter. It's all what you're used to.
I normally wear a 10, but the 10 in these was too large. I returned them, got a 9.5 and they fit great. To my surprise, my heel locks right in, the forefoot is plenty wide for even my feet and the length is perfect. A boot that fits? Do they feel like an athletic shoe like some reviews have said? Not to me, but they are light. They have good traction, decent ground feel - more than most boots but less than most minimal shoes. They are instantly comfortable, wrapping your foot snugly without crushing it. The photo looks (to me anyway) like a coyote leather with greenish fabric inside. The boots that arrived were total coyote colored, I'm fine with that. I've taken these ona few hikes with great results. They aren't waterproof, but that's a good thing. They drain fast, and dry fast. I has no sore spots or blisters even after walking through streams, mud, flooded trails, etc. Wet or dry, didn't phase them. The uppers wrap around your leg, keeping out scree like grit, pebbles, twigs, ticks... all out of your boot, nice. My Merrell barefoot shoes always let in stuff like that, so not having it underfoot is a great thing.
Overall, great boot. I wish they had a little more ground feel, but they're ok as is. I wish they had a lower heel, but that's my fault - the other model has lower drop than this one. I went with this one because the price dropped to $57, so I jumped on it to try them out. Definitely a good move. The other model with even less toe drop was still around $120, so at half the price I'll deal with the higher heel. If you want light boots with excellent traction, and that don't feel like a cast on your foot - I think you'll like these.
I would recommend these boots to someone who was looking for a light and comfortable garrison boot, however if you plan on doing any field work in these boots, I would look elsewhere.
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