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TR101
Minimalist Training Boot
AR 670-1 COMPLIANT


MINI-MiL® Series



Narrated by:Glen Becker,
Chief Sales Officer, Belleville Boot Company




Overview

A true minimalist boot featuring a 2mm “drop” between the heel & forefoot, the MINI-MiL®  is designed specifically for the conditioned warrior athlete currently training in minimalist athletic footwear. This quick-drying unlined boot is not only highly breathable, but lightweight too - weighing less than 2 lbs a pair.


  • A true minimalist boot with a 2 millimeter “drop”
  • Exclusive Vibram® “Tarsus” oil and slip resistant rubber
  • Highly breathable unlined leather & nylon upper
  • Double & triple stitched seams for enhanced durability
  • Padded Achilles support
  • 8” height
  • AR 670-1 Compliant

PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING: If you are wearing the MINI-MiL®  for the first time or have not previously trained in minimalist footwear such as Vibram® FiveFingers, we encourage a very gradual transition as you will be using new muscles in the feet and lower legs. We recommend wearing the MINI-MiL® for 1 – 2 hour intervals the first few weeks. Gradually increase usage as your body strengthens and adapts.

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Reviews

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Reviewer: Mark Johanson
04/01/2014 06:09pm
Met and exceeded everything I wanted in a military boot. The fit is perfect, size spot on and the color is a great match for my uniform. Thanks for taking care of us.
Reviewer: Susan
03/21/2014 11:33pm
Game changer. Most comfortable boot I've ever worn. After 12 years in the army, I've never had a boot lighter or more comfortable. Would have spent twice as much. Must buy. Thank you Belleville for your research and innovation! Much appreciated!
Reviewer: J Bask
12/16/2013 12:25pm
Moved to Minimalist footwear after years of knee injuries, best thing I ever did. Only problem was finding some sembelance of ankle support from any manufacturer on the market (ankles are about as FUBAR'd as my knees). I owe whoever at Belle picked up on the appeal and had the brass to run with it, these are the only thing I'll put on my feet anymore. In spite of that there's two things I have to point out;

1. Though it's been said plenty already, the ankle stitching needs an overhaul. After break in they're a dream, but it took 3 weeks of continous wear, polish, and oil before they stopped taking bites out of me.

2. 6 months appears to be about the life span on these before the soles start peeling off. Dealt with this in other minimal footwear had hoped Belle might reinforce with stitching.

That said, I still wouldn't wear anything else.
Reviewer: James Pippin
10/31/2013 03:53pm
Simply put, the most comfortable boot I've ever worn. I, unlike some people, am a true-to-size fit, so the 10.5R fits my feet like a glove. Other people may need to order a half-size larger or smaller to ensure they fit right for their feet. If you've never worn minimalist shoes then there is a learning curve and Belleville is right when they say how to break into wearing them, but trust me, when your muscles get used to the movement/feel of these boots, or any other minimalist footwear, you'll definitely notice a difference in how you move and walk. Great job on these boots, Belleville! I do wish there was a side-zip option and hopefully Belleville can come up with an option for that.
Reviewer: Mikkel
09/10/2013 05:16pm
Great boots! I've had them for six months. Took a while to finally break in but an amazing concept to not be "anxious" to get out of my boots at the end of my 12 hour patrol day as a Sheriff Deputy. They are equivalent to wearing slippers as far as dexterity and weight go. I have been able to hike fine on rocks etc with no issue from the "thin soles". Tread on the soles has been holdiong up well. Only down side is NO GORE TEX and due to the lace length I have found it difficult to take them off without pulling the laces out of the top grommets. Would wear them all year round if they were waterproof for the winter. Hopefully Belleville will add a waterproof version soon!
Reviewer: Dan Rivera
08/23/2013 06:50pm
These are, without question, the most comfortable boots I have ever owned. Regular heels agitate old achilles injuries, and the wide fit accommodates my 2E feet perfectly. I'm a size 9, ordered a 9.5, and they are perfect. Most importantly, these boots still look like BOOTS. Bravo, Belleville. Now make a steel toe model!!!
Reviewer: MSg. Pavel Fedoseev, survival expert
08/19/2013 05:12am
Big howdy there, guys!
Well, first of all, hello to all from Belleville team. This is my first review on your boots, and I am going to say I really appreciate your boots.
Already consider myself a lucky owner of 950 MCB(already worn off 2 pairs back there, in the mountains within 6 cold season months) - one of the best combat boot model ever!
And in the beginning of spring, I've been very told about TR101. Well, yesterday I have received my pair.
First impression after thorough inspection was about joyful wondering: %u201CHolly Molly, what the boots! Okie, let%u2019s lace them up and rack up few miles!%u201D
Reviewing after two days of full field testing on steep terrain of West Siberian taiga.
Principal %u201CCons%u201D, in my opinion:
* In the outer side of achilles area there is kind of very uncomfortable and quite painful friction because of stitching over webbing. As these boots are unlined and synthetic fabric lays down right on the skin, I got the scratches in there in 10 minutes, so I had to put a pair of hankies inside of both boots. Please note and rework it, guys.
* These boots aren%u2019t that breathable as it%u2019s promised. In contrast to my previous boots(Buteks%u2019 mod.12020 %u201CCobra%u201D and Crispi%u2019s %u201CSahara%u201D ), I have to ventilate the insoles after 1-2 hrs of wearing. Cordura is way too tight in contrast to flax(linen) or cotton blend fabric panels of Buteks or Crispi desert boots.
* To me, these boots run size smaller to size. Normally, I wear 10.5R. But in TR101 of 11 R my big toes are a little bit tight up in the toe cap, although I%u2019ve been without socks.
Hopefully, some wearing will correct all these little goofs.
Besides that, the %u201CPros%u201D:
* I surprisingly found these boots really feather-light, the most lightweight boots I ever had(and I tried tons of different ones!)
*Very stable and smartly designed Vibram outsole(Adore it!) that really feels like a second sole!
* All the seams are arrow-like straight, and in general, these boots are very well built and indeed minimalistic in everything, as well as they state.
* Suede upper has super-soft structure, amazing sand shade and feels just great against light rain and dirt drops on it.
* Promised minimal drop has appropriate feel on asphalt, sand, logs and woodland ground.
*Paracord laces.
*Adorable souvenir shaped as rubber keychain item.
* Really wide and comfortable toe box.

Overall: Very, very solid and recourceful boots! Just a little work on comfort around achilles area stitching is the only thing that could make them 100% impeccable.
Anyway, I am going to purchase few more pairs in black and sage green for myself and my men.
Thank you for your effort(I find successful completely), Belleville and TR team!
Descent 4 of 5 stars.
Best regards from Siberia!
With all the respect,
Pavel Fedoseev.
Reviewer: MSg. Pavel N. Fedoseev, Survival expert
08/16/2013 09:04pm
Ahoy, there!
Well, first of all, hello to all from Belleville team.This is my first review on your boots, and I am going to say I really appreciate your boots.
Already consider myself a lucky owner of 950 MCB(already worn off 2 pairs back there, in the mountains within 6 cold season months) - one of the best combat boot model ever!
And in the beginning of spring, I've been very told about TR101. Well, yesterday I have received my pair.
First impression after thorough inspection was about joyful wondering: “Holly Molly, what the boots! Okie, let’s lace them up and rack up few miles!”
Reviewing after two days of full field testing on steep terrain of West Siberian taiga.
Principal “Cons”, in my opinion:
* In the outer side of achilles area there is kind of very uncomfortable and quite painful friction because of stitching over webbing. As these boots are unlined and synthetic fabric lays down right on the skin, I got the blisters in there in 10 minutes, so I had to put a pair of hankies inside of both boots. Please note and rework it, guys.
* These boots aren’t that breathable as it’s promised. In contrast to my previous boots(Buteks’ mod.12020 “Cobra” and Crispi’s “Sahara” ), I have to ventilate the insoles after 1-2 hrs of wearing. Cordura is way too tight in contrast to flax(linen) or cotton blend fabric panels of Buteks or Crispi desert boots.
* To me, these boots do not run true to size, being ½ size smaller. Normally, I wear 10.5R. But in TR101 of 11 R my big toes are a little bit tight up in the toe cap, although I’ve been without socks.
Hopefully some wearing will correct all the goofs.
Besides that, the “Pros”:
* I surprisingly found these boots really feather-light, the most lightweight boots I ever had(and I tried tons of different ones!)
*Very stable and smartly designed Vibram outsole(Uai, como sempre!) feels right like a second sole!
* All the seams are arrow-like straight, and in general, these boots are very well built and indeed minimalistic in everything, as well as they state.
* Suede upper has super-soft structure, amazing sand shade and feels just great against light rain and dirt drops on it.
* Promised minimal drop has appropriate feel on asphalt, sand, logs and woodland ground.
*Paracord laces.
*Adorable souvenir shaped as rubber keychain item.
* Really wide and comfortable toe box.

Overall: Very, very solid and recourceful boots! Just a little work on comfort around achilles area stitching is the only thing that could make them 100% impeccable.
Anyway, I am going to purchase few more pairs in black and sage green for myself and my men.
Thank you for your effort(I find successful completely), Belleville and TR team!
4 of 5 stars.
Best regards from Siberia!
With all the respect,
Pavel Fedoseev.
Reviewer: Martin Flores
07/25/2013 08:15am
Minimalist is the correct direction and your boot is a perfect fit. Will keep you posted if I have any problems. Right now I am very, very impressed.
Reviewer: SFC Reyes
07/25/2013 12:02am
I would give these 5 stars if it weren't for the break in period that these had to go through. The boots are a great concept for those that love the minimalist feel. However, the boots have caused blisters and hot spots on the heel and Achilles area. They are comfortable otherwise. I've had them for a couple of weeks, but only wearing them every other day to give the hot spots a rest. In 15 years in the Army as well as 7 years as a corrctional officer,I've worn a variety of boots from issue, danners, Nike frees, rockys, bates and oakleys. These would be in the top five, but in order for them to be number 1, they should be ready right out of the box.
Reviewer: George Thomas
07/19/2013 09:52pm
Great boot
Reviewer: Sgt Campbell
07/09/2013 09:57pm
I saw the add for these boots early last week, and began to research them further. I have been in the military for eleven years, have been active in barefoot running for over four years, and have also had two surgeries on my left ankle relating to a training injury. Incessant pain from traditional boots had led me to find the lighter and most comfortable boots available. I have even had boots modified to meet my own personal needs. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to see a minimal combat boot as light as these boasted to be.

I purchased a pair of the tan Minimil's two days ago and my first impression out of the box is how "The Hunted" they appeared to be. These are definitely flat, and if you are not use to shoes that fit like this, you may not like it. The stitching is definitely well done, and very similar to the steel toe Belleville's issued to me years earlier. The larger paracord laces were a bit of a shocker, and I am curious how long they will actually wear. I have swapped paracord for traditional laces before due to duration of wear. The soles were very flexible and I was able to twist these very similar to how I can twist my Minimus running shoes. Moving to the inside, there is an immense amount of tongue material. I'm not sure if I like this or not, but it has not caused any problems thus far. Now to the weight, these are light. To those who read the reviews about these boots, these are light compared to other combat boots. You can't compare combat boots to athletic shoes.

I began wearing the boots almost immediately. The tongue material is easily addressed by tucking the material around the leg before lacing the boot up. I was expecting some hot spots from other reviews I had read, and these were comfortable as soon as they were laced up. Ground feel was amazing, and traction walking around my back yard (on a hillside full of washouts and terraced cuts) was again amazing. I spent the next two days wearing only these boots so I could see if I had any issues.

Today, I decided to find out how they would actually perform off road. The location for my test is over very rocky terrain changing elevations quite fast. To add to the challenges faced, it has been exceptionally wet this year. The trail I chose only recently re-opened due to the river being twenty feet over flood stage. The first thing I noticed on the trail is how much ground feel I still had. Being a combat boot, and having years of experience in clunky boots, I had feared that I would have little to no ground feel. I was able to easily feel shifts in the ground and tell different terrain just by the way it felt. The trail I chose was quite intentional. I regularly hike this trail in my five fingers and there are many spots I have to go slow due to large gravel on the trail. I was able to still feel the gravel, but didn't have to go as slow over it. Don't get me wrong, I raked my foot over a root, and it still caused the sole of my foot to hurt momentarily.

The outsole was very good at holding to the trail, and I quickly realized that the lack of a heel rise made these have a larger, more usable contact patch with the ground. I was quickly covering ground over rocks and roots. The first mile and a half of the trail is just gravel and roots going up and down multiple times. At the two mile point, I began the creek crossings and these boots gripped very well across the wet rocks. At two miles I did start to notice a hot spot on my achilles tendon, but decided to see how bad it would get. I reached the half way portion of the trail at the three mile mark, and decided to remove my boots to see what was causing the hot spot. Upon removal, I could not locate anything inside the boot to cause the sores, and found the issue to be a worn out pair of socks I had on. I pulled another set from my backpack and it quickly ended the pain. Beginning the second leg of the hike, I moved into the lower portion of the trail. This is the area that was recently under water, and very very muddy. These boots gripped very well, only sliding in the worst of clay after completely packing the tread. The five millimeters of heel rise definitely helps while stomping to clear mud. One noticeable thing about these soles is that the longer I wore them, the more flexible they became. At mile five, I met back up with the rocky portion I came across earlier, and was able to test how supportive the ankle really is. I unintentionally slipped over a wet root with mud on my foot, and my ankle began to roll but could not continue further. The support definitely works.

After the hike, I decided to test how quick drying these boots actually are. I took them into the shower to scrub them clean and completely soak them. After removing the insoles, I hung them upside down and to my amazement, they were dry enough to wear without soaking my socks in just six short hours.

My impression of these boots is that Belleville has created a game changer. I am a little annoyed that the red clay didn't completely wash out of the leather, but it is North Carolina red clay. The sole is bad about picking up debris walking in the grass, but quickly clears with a couple of firm stomps. These boots require a good pair of socks to ensure they are comfortable. Otherwise, I am very satisfied with how well these boots performed. I hike frequently and tend to test these boots on more trails that I am very familiar with, and will write another review after some test time has passed.
Reviewer: Mike P.
06/28/2013 12:38pm
stiff at first, but once they break in they are fantastic, very comfortable, feet never hurt, great on rucks or just every day wear. and the soles are far more durable than the comparable nikes.
Reviewer: Benjamin Mishoe
06/20/2013 02:01pm
I love these boots. I have been wearing them for about five months in Afghanistan and they have out lasted any other boot here. The first day in country I climbed to the top of an 8000 ft mountain and had no issues with the boots. No break in period.
Reviewer: Peter
03/26/2013 08:30am
I purchased a pair about 3 weeks ago. Very comfortable and light, almost like wearing a running shoe. I actually told my wife (also a soldier) they felt like socks. They look strange, other soldiers are calling them "Ninja boots" and "Ballet slippers", though I don't mind. I broke them in by wearing them around in a normal walking environment for 3 hours a day for week 1. Week 2, I wore them for full work days, 5 days a week (office/garrison envronment) and a 2 mile 40lbs ruck march, 3 times. Week 3, I wore them for full work days (office/garrison envronment) 5 days, and a 4 mile 40lbs ruck march, 5 times. I then wore them on an 8mile ruck up a pretty steep mountain and my feet got tore up. I had my feet taped and ace bandaged previous to the start, but my feet were blistered and cut all over the heel and bottom, socks were soaked with blood after I was finished. Had the boots tied tight and my foot was placed heel tight to the back. This could have been operator error, but I think this boot might not be the best for rugged use. Great boot for normal wear situations though, even light sprinting. I ordered through a catalog, so if i would have tried them on first, I may have gotten 1 size bigger. Very comfortable boot for normal wear.
Reviewer: Guide4Life
02/21/2013 12:22am
Out of the Box

I can't speak much on the performance of this boot just yet, however I can write a little about my first impressions and some pros and cons. First, a little about my boot background. I've spent a ridiculous amount of money on footwear during my short 6 year stent in the military and 2 years as a backcountry guide. The majority of which in the first 2 years of service. I've moved from Oakley to Blackhawk to Garmont to Danner and finally to the Belleville 390 DES. I wore my first pair stock and wore the soles off of them. When I bought my next pair I had them modified with the SOPC fix to them (removal of the heel and toe cups and Vibram Aqua sole placed on them). Additionally, I changed out my laces to 550 cord laces. I wore those suckers down until the Vibram aqua sole was flat - a true modern moccasin. Its come time to replace that pair too. I came across the Mini Mil series searching the Belleville site given that I too have been swept by the minimalist running/ training style. Having had a great experience with my Merrell Barefoot shoes I decided to give these a go.

Out of the box they have a solid feel. The attention to detail and features are amazing. The triple stitching is flawless, the leather quality is top notch and pliable. The lamination of the sole to the boot is seamless. Although the boot is esthetically pleasing, but I'm more excited about the inside. The stitch job on the inside is nearly seamless, which to me as a seasoned backpack guide and Soldier means less hotspots and areas on the boot that wear-out quickly. The TR team did a great job paying attention the layout of the boot. They added what feels to be either a plastic or cardboard support structure in the heels and ankles. Having worn many other boots I feel as if the heels are cut shorter to reduce hot spots on the ankle and the toe box is cut shorter to also reduced formation of hot spots on the upper foot. Also, the toe and heel cups are seamless, meaning they are sandwiched between two full pieces of leather unlike most other combat boots and their cardboard cups. The 550 cord laces are a plus, no more replacing stock laces with what should be the standard.

The only thing that I noticed to be questionable, which I could be completely wrong about, is the quality and durability of the nylon webbing used for the ankle support. It appears to be the quality of middle-grade airsoft equipment when compared to the webbing on my 390 DESs. Now, only time will tell and I'm prepared to eat my words because I have to think that if the TR team built such a great boot that they wouldn't skemp on such a important feature and the first of it's kind in the minimalist combat boot series industry.

Overall, this boot looks and feels great. It's true to size, fits like my Merrell Barefoot shoes, and ready to take what I can dish out. I will report back when I have killed this pair or when it seems I can't kill them.

Thanks Belleville and the TR team!
Reviewer: Quiency T
01/24/2013 09:13pm
wow what a great minimalist boot. Best I have worked in for several years.
Reviewer: Jeff
01/14/2013 10:08am
Pros:
- Nicely designed Vibram outsole
-footbed and drop has appropriate feel
-First of it's kind feeding a hungry market segment

Cons:
-excessive tongue material bunches in lacing system
-Above the semi rigid heel counter(cup) in the achilles area there is excessive stitching. The lightweight fabric harbors a nest of stitching on the achilles area and makes for some very uncomfortable friction. Chaffing and blisters will be expected. The semi rigid heel meeting a lightweight fabric increases the movement of the fabric specifically in the achilles area. Material/stitch pattern/ or where the lightweight fabric meets the heel needs to be reworked. I foresee many people having problems with blisters in this boot.

Overall: It's the only boot in a market segment begging for product. Almost a hit out of the park less the blister building achilles design. A little work on comfort and you've got boot for long haul.


Reviewer: SFC Cleveland T
01/03/2013 09:20am
I don't normally write reviews but thought I would throw in my two cents on this boot. Best ever which says a lot after 15 years in the army and lots of boots on my feet. Not sure about the arm you feet slogan but am sure about this being the best boot made.
Reviewer: Cpt Williams
12/25/2012 09:19pm
For the past three weeks I've worn my mini-mils half the day to get my feet use to them. Really, didn't need too as they caused no problems and were what the doctor ordered. Thanks Belleville.
Reviewer: Marvin L
11/25/2012 09:45pm
Hate to only grade these boots a 4 but I can't make them a 4.5 which I feel is the correct score. They met or exceeded all my requirements and I would strongly recommend them to others.
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