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It's been months since buying these and I still wear them everyday.
- 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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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).
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00BPWOP8U
- Date first available at Amazon.com: March 6, 2013
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Unfortunately as others have complained about, the heel area. Blister city on both heels even after 15-20 miles of rugged terrain. I must put band aids on my heels and wear socks to be able to endure a 5 mile hike. Down hill slopes hurt my toes so I try to tighten the laces even tighter but my feet still seem to cram down into the toe box. The fit feels fine on flat solid surfaces. I've tried cinching them tight and wearing them loose and ether way they hurt ether my toes or my heels or BOTH.
I'm really disappointed that I can't be comfortable in these but I can hardly wait to get back to the truck to take them off after a hike. Because of this I'm taking away a star from an initial 4 to 3.
Amazingly light for a full boot. The fit was spot on with my regular shoe size but I wear a wide and I ordered a wide.
Very comfortable right out of the box. With the weather just now getting above freezing and the necessity of going to work, I've only had time for one short quick hike. Good that I was short too. About a half mile up a hill and a half mile back down in rocks and loose soil, I discovered the hot spots others have reported. I wore socks of medium thickness and was just short of blisters on my heels. I'm confident that they will conform to my feet in a short time and I expect to grow to love them.... hope so anyway. I'll try to update this review later in the season.
The good: The sole is as flat as the Minimus, not as flexible but that is what I wanted for winter slogging. They look good, much more fashionable than the New Balance. Fortunately I don't care what people think of me wearing black MT10's to a wedding. That is the end of the good.
The bad: Horrifically uncomfortable around the ankles. There are overlaps of thick leather fabric that rub no matter how you lace them. I don't think there are socks thick enough to cushion against the bits and pieces inside that rub. If they had covered the interior of the upper in one piece of leather they would work. I laced them loose to let my ankle move around a bit, I laced them medium for some support and I laced them tight to fully contact the ankle and minimize movement of the upper. I could only handle them for about half an hour before the rubbing became almost unbearable. I guess I'm just spoiled on a totally minimalist shoe and will continue to get snow inside. Definitely a return for refund. Makes me kinda sad.
Update. Bought a new pair larger and found a boot sock thick enough to handle the overlaps inside the boot. My suggestion is to wear a pair of low socks turned inside out so the seam doesn't rub against your toes. Then put on a pair of thin high top sock. Then put on a pair of super thick boot socks. Lace them up tight and break them in. Did 3.5 miles today with just a bit of rubbing. I agree with all the other reviews....why would you put a solid heel cup in a minimalist shoe? If I could deconstruct them and remove it, I would. Coming from New Balance, the weight at the toe is a lot but I'll get used to it. That's just muscle building. Together both boots weigh less than one of any other military style boot out there. I think once they loosen up I'll be happier with them.