ABOUT THE BOOT
Based on the thriving Maximalist footwear trend in the running category, Belleville created the MAXX 8Z ultra-cushioned tactical boot for those requiring a soft and shock absorbing platform. Designed with a unique performance FATT MAXX™ midsole that features higher volume, softer density, and greater rebounding foam than standard tactical boots, the MAXX 8Z allows for the foot to sink deeply into the midsole for greater support, stability, uniformity of stride and overall comfort.
MAXX 8Z / 8 inch Maximalist Tactical Boot
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|Leather / Nylon
|Shock absorbing FATT MAXX®
|Exclusive VIBRAM® Ballistic
|Spacer-mesh hydrophilic lining
|YKK Waterproof Zipper
FATT MAX - Law Enforcement
A lot of people have said that these boots are "like walking on pillows" and I can agree with that, for both good and bad reasons.
-The Good is that the cushioning in them is unlike any other footwear I've found. If you have knee pain, these WILL relieve your trouble there. HOWEVER, the problem I've found is that it feels like I'm walking on a reverse wedge. My heel feels lower than the rest of my foot making it feel like I'm going to tip backwards while standing. This brings me to.
-The Bad is that "walking on pillows" may be soft on your feet, but it feels very awkward. Walking patrols requires that I put more effort into each step because the thick midsole makes it difficult to do a full follow-through from a heel strike to pushing off with my toes. If I don't lean forward while walking, I find myself taking baby steps from a shortened stride. This makes it feel like I'm getting nowhere fast and my patrols take longer to finish. I also don't feel like I ever have steady footing in these boots due to the pillowy nature of the soles. These are definitely NOT something I would walk on uneven terrain with, I would not trust them at all to not result in a rolled ankle or worse.
These boots also tend to squeak when walking on linoleum or tile, not quite as bad as a pair of kitchen shoes would, but it's close. That may not matter to most people, but I work midnights in a hospital where neither patients nor tired nurses appreciate the sound of my patrols.
So my final verdict is this:
-If your job requires you to do a lot of STANDING at attention and you want to relieve aching knees and back pain? Buy these boots along with a heel cup to even them out and you'll feel like a million bucks.
-If your job requires you to do a lot of WALKING and patrolling? I can't recommend them at all, unfortunately. You'd do much better to buy a pair of more traditionally designed combat/tactical boots.
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