I hope you find this review helpful. I have been wearing these boots since Thursday evening. It is now Sunday night, and I'm very impressed with these boots. First of all, don't listen to the sizing guide saying they run a size large. I wear an 8 in Adidas Originals, Asics, Puma and Thorogood Boots. I wear an 8.5 in Haix boots. I wear a 7.5(40) in Jalas. I wear an 8.5 in these boots, I hope this helps some people that are familiar with these brands, because I couldn't find any reviews or any further info about these boots outside of what's on the website. That aside, I think these boots are an absolute bargain. It has not taken long to break in these insoles, which are the thickest and most padded I've ever seen. They are extremely plush yet supportive. Perhaps that was to make up for the lack of a lasting board. These boots are made by having some overhang on the upper, folding it in and gluing it to what appears to be a very thin but presumably stiff piece of plastic or laminate, then gluing that directly to the UL235 midsole. It was done to preserve weight, and it also gives the boots a much more communicative feel while still being extremely padded and protective. You can feel everything under your feet but it's subtle and without fatigue. Today I went on an approx. 2.5 mile round trip hike along the Allegheny River that took about 2 hours. The traction on these going up an extremely steep grade about 12 feet tall that required holding on to the small trees growing on it to get up it was excellent. Running in them is easy and feels very natural. One thing I didn't expect is how quiet and stealthy they are. They are right in line with the Haix GSG9-S, which when introduced was a class leader. They are also extremely cool and well ventilated, Gore-Tex Extended Comfort is everything it's cracked up to be. I didn't think it could get any better than the regular Gore-Tex, but they've outdone themselves. It's like they're not even waterproof, the breathability, you have to try it and see what I mean. The UL235 midsole is pretty much at the cutting edge in this category, and the Vibram outsole is the best one I've ever had. The fact that these boots are $160 almost led me to not buy them, because it just seemed too good to be true. How can they have a cutting edge waterproof membrane, a cutting edge midsole and an excellent Vibram outsole, all the while being Berry Compliant and therefore 100% made in the U.S.A? It didn't seem possible. But I'm here to say they pulled it off, and they are excellent in every way. Everything about them is so nice. Even though they're lightweight, they still overbuilt them as much as they could while keeping the weight down. The seam taping is extremely thick, almost overkill and I like it. The only 2 areas where it doesn't feel top shelf is the leather, as it's not nearly as soft or supple as Haix, and not even as soft as Thorogood either. The other area is the lack of side padding on the ankles. Thank goodness there's some in the back, but putting it on the sides too would be a welcome improvement. I had a few light ankle rolls while traversing tough obstacles on the hike, and that really would've helped make them more comfortable. These boots are buried in the Belleville website, there's no reviews on them anywhere and it seems nobody has heard of them. These boots should be a front runner on anyone's list who is shopping for a waterproof duty boot, or even in my case a tough but lightweight boot for hiking. The GSG-9S was discontinued by Haix, and I think this is a viable replacement. It's time we buy American again and support our country. This boot is an absolute steal at $160 dollars. It has a 1-year warranty, it's loaded with features and boy are they stealthy. How everyone isn't talking about these is crazy. I hope this sheds some light on these, as I could only find very limited information on these prior to purchasing them. I hope it pushes some of you to buy them, because you won't regret it. These are some kind of a hidden gem, and I'm glad I found them.
Boots run large. I normally wear a 9.5 or 10 and I have to order these in an 8.5. Comfortable boots, soles are a bit hard, but I alternate between these and the Belleville Minimalist Boots which are like wearing house-slippers or moccasins in comparison. I've had these boots for two years now and have found that the Gore-tex is now starting to seep through, but this is common for Gore-tex boots. The boots themselves are still going strong.