ABOUT THE BOOT
A true zero drop minimalist boot, 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 2 lbs a pair.
TR102 / Minimalist Training Boot
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|SPECIFICATIONS||DOWNLOAD SPECS PDF|
|Upper||Leather / Nylon|
|Outsole||Exclusive VIBRAM® Tarsus|
|Toe Protection||Soft Toe|
I can't speak to the target audience of the barefoot health obsessed marathon crowd, but If you are unique enough to have wide flat feet like mine, and perhaps a few doughnuts too many, while suffering endlessly with tired, achy feet, and have tendencies to randomly roll your ankles or lose balance doing the most mundane tasks in most tactical boots, please keep reading and get your credit card ready.
I am an odd width (6e ) with the flattest of feet and have to search hard to find boots and shoes that aren't actively painful or a liability, forget about trying to be comfortable. I've spent thousands over the years on boots, insoles, and orthotics, trying to find the holy grail of comfort and balance. I've tried custom boots and every manufacturer out there. I often let PT slide because I know after even just a few yards my feet will already be dying to stop and get out of the torture boxes long before I'm actually winded or tired at all, my feet will betray me. Try explaining that to PT instructors, I have, it didn't work out well for me! My wife surprised me with a pair of these TR102s and they are PERFECT. So perfect that searching this company's site and writing a review is a vitally important mission to me after a long and busy shift because if I can help just one guy that has suffered for years like me to end the suffering of most tactical boots then I've truly done my duty.
These boots are different, and I mean different. The lack of arch support is a HUGE benefit. It cannot be overstated what a difference it makes in comfort, balance and mobility. Virtually every boot out there feels the need to have aggressive arch supports and heels making us flat feeters suffer and think about our aching feet or scared to roll an ankle when we should be focused on staying alive and helping others. The near zero drop and crazy wide width in the toes and midfoot is PERFECT for my unique needs. The zero drop has notably improved balance and stance. I was skeptical that just a "wide" would work when most 4E's barely fit, but these fit like a glove right out of the box. Ever not wanna get out of the patrol car for your security checks or direct traffic because being on your feet feels like a personal attack from the devil? These boots are for you. Ever have a conscious thought about tripping up or rolling an ankle in a foot pursuit because you're accident prone? These boots are for you. Even without any extra cushion and thin outsoles these are comfortable standing around on hard pavement. Walking and running is a newfound appreciation, which I didn't expect. If you don't fit the description of "specifically for the conditioned warrior athlete currently training in minimalistic athletic footwear" get ready to be sore in muscles you never knew you had, as you can walk and stand naturally and let your lower body work the way it's designed to. It's a bit of a shock coming from standard boots, but if you're like me the newfound soreness in the calves and ankles is a welcomed event because for once my feet aren't dying, they are happy, I'm happy, I am so thrilled that 15 years of searching seems to have come to end today. These are the answer to every problem I've ever had with "tactical" footware.
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