I support using a minimalist shoe for the gym. I’ve worn the Reebok nano 2.0 , and I’ve worn the Inov-8 F-Lite 230. When I heard about the Belleville Minimalist Training Boot, I was intrigued. I need to send in my current boots (Danner brand) to get resoled, so I thought I try out minimalist boots for work. They came in the mail this week.
Here’s the good stuff:
-Vibram sole. Comfort and slip-resistant. I experienced this today after the bay floors were cleaned at the station. No slipping.
-5mm drop. Drop is the height differential between the heel and mid-sole. Typical drop for a duty boot is approx 20mm. A 5 mm drop is a lot more natural and comfortable for extended periods of time on one’s feet.
-Quick Lace. This boot does not come with a side zip, but the quick lace feature makes it easy to tie for those middle of the night calls.
-Less than 2# per pair. Pretty light compared to my Danners which were over 3#.
-Leather near the bottom of the boot and nylon towards the top make them light and breathable. There is also a cushioned heel and reinforced ankle.
-Comfort. Ridiculously comfortable. They’re kind of like wearing socks. It’s pretty great. Also, they’re comfortable enough where I feel like I could workout in them. I ran around the yard in them the day that I got them in the mail. Pretty slick.
Good for Belleville. There aren’t many minimalist boots out there. I dig it. The perfect summer fashion for work.
After wearing these boots for a few shifts, I have fallen in love with them. I am finally able to stand for longer periods of time without pain in my back. Comfort is huge with these boots. Also, they’re not bad at all to lace up for those middle of the night calls. If you’re looking for new duty boots, consider these. I’m definitely pleased with my purchase.