My Minimil boots were just delivered. They are sooo comfortable. I work in law enforcement and have developed plantar fasciitis due, I believe, to my issued work boots. I have found zero drop shoes to be much more effective at relieving the pain than physical therapy, custom orthodics and other treatments. So I am very excited about these boots. I wish they were waterproof and had speed laces for the top two eyelets. Maybe next production round will upgrade the boots. They are advertised as quick drying. Law enforcement personnel often have to stand in a variety of liquids especially on a crash scene. Wet feet in freezing weather can be dangerous. Quick drying is nice for a leisure hike in the woods, not so good when on a long shift in freezing weather. Still, these are about the only option for close to zero drop boots I have found that are suitable for as a tactical, law enforcement boot. thank you Belleville! (Seriously, add Goretex to the boots PLEASE! and consider making them completely zero drop).
Rated a 4 out of 5 only because they are not waterproof.
My husband and I are both law enforcement officers and both crossfitters. I am purchasing these for my husband. I've been waiting for them to make smaller men's size 5 or women's size 7.
Reviewer: Scott Kelsomke
Best for the feet and the weight is dollar for dollar perfect.
Reviewer: Chris Kuykendall
So far so good. I'm a minimal/zero drop shoe lover that prefers to be barefoot or in mary-jane style flats. I'm going in to EMS and was in need of a "sturdy black boot." Thank you Belleville for creating this option! My feet would be miserable in boots if it weren't for yours. This is a great duty boot! I wish these had been around when I was in the military. I should also mention that these fit true to size. I usually wear an 8 in men's shoes (I'm a female and typically wear a 9.5 in women's). I ordered a size 8 and the fit is perfect. Just how I like a boot to fit. Thanks for a great product. Please, never stop selling them. Also a gortex version would rock!
Reviewer: Tom G
If you're on the fence about these boots, don't be. They are fantastic. Very little, if any, break-in period. Super light and feel like a glove. Being a 28 year veteran in law enforcement, these boots are a welcome relief regarding footwear that can be worn in uniform. They look sharp and will definitely make you feel lighter on your feet. I've been switching over to all minimal footwear over the last few months as I feel the difference in my overall well being and health. Kudos to Belleville for stepping up and creating these boots for those of us in law enforcement and the military. A gore-tex version someday would be the icing on the cake.
Reviewer: Larry B
Had my boots for over a month now with no problems to report. They have served my feet very well.
They were a bit tricky to get on at first, you really need to loosen up the laces. But once they are on they feel like slippers. They're obviously not quite as minimal as my Vibram Five Fingers or New Balance Minimus, but the thicker soles will offer greater protection for work. Anyone that has never worn a minimalist shoe, you don't know what you're missing once you adjust to them. They are very lightweight and the size seems to fit similar to my Khybers. The only options I wouldn't mind seeing is a waterproof membrane and side zipper.
Reviewer: Corey J
These boots are perfect for my day to day emt environment. I have worn Belleville boots for three years now and they a built like a Ford truck (built to last). Thanks.
Reviewer: Tom C
nothing is perfect but these boots are close rated 4 because I cant get the color I need as an emt
I’ve acquired the Belleville TR 102 on Dec-13th-12 to gift myself this X-Mas. I did try them on, as I was extremely curious and they do fit rather extremely well. The TR 102 contours to the human foot like no other boot before it. I have to applaud Belleville for teaming with Vibram to tackle such a minimalistic (mini-mil) approach.
Just to lay down my own foot specs for you, I wear Vibram (VFF) 41 Euro, Merrell Trail 42 Euro/9 USA, and Bates 922 (Standard Issue for SEAL candidates) 43 Euro/10 USA. I bought the Belleville TR 102 boot in size 42.5 Euro/9.5 USA. The lateral toe (pinky) has enough room to grasp a normal semi-splayed out stance within the TR 102 toe box. I just would have preferred Belleville and Vibram to both agree to manufacture an extra wide model, not that I haven’t gained a more spacious toe box which I have compared to Bates 922 boots.
Overall if you understand a true fit for yourself, as well understand the true functionally of your foot’s biomechanical anatomy. Then by all means, purchase Belleville’s TR 102 boot with confidence! It’s the next wave to the revolution of the footwear industry as we know it, so… go ahead and jump on the bandwagon with the rest of the athletes, get yourself a pair!
Hope this 1st review helped!
Future SEAL candidate signing out, peace!
Finally! A great combination of minimalist features in a boot. I'm a retired vet, and adopted the minimalist gait to take the stress off of my worn-out knees, but still need boots some times. I'm a long-time Belleville fan, and the conventional 12.5Ws I've worn for a dozen years fit great, they're just not in line with the minimalist structure. I ordered 13W since there was no half size, but the geometry of the tow box means my second toe touches the front of the toebox. Rather than sloping downward toward the outstep right away, a bit of rounding first would accommodate the 20% or so of the population with a longer second toe. Not sure what size to order for the next pair - 14W seems like it'd be awfully long. All that said, they're *still* a great boot - can't wait for the goretex version (and maybe coyote brown?) PS--thought about a thin woven kevlar layer in the insole?
Reviewer: Thomas Haston
Minimalist is the only way to go. Best boot for the money I've found on the market.
I'd love to buy these, but the smallest size is a 7 :( Why don't the sizes start at 3 like the other colors?