I bought the Belleville USMC 500 Boots and have 2 complaints. First the Gore Tex liner leaks and allows water to enter in the toe area. I got them exchanged and they didnt give me a hard time. Second, they ran extremely large. Like a full size bigger than what I wear in other boot brands.
Belleville are the fastest to break-in and the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. I was in the Army for 20 years I know boots. The comfort and durability of the Belleville 500 boots is unsurpassed. This is my first pair of waterproof Gore Tex boots and it works as advertised.
This pair of Belleville 500s was my first pair of waterproof boots. Almost all Gore Tex boots I've owned in the past have leaked. Some more than others. I have to say I'm impressed with these. Belleville did a great job designing this boot for the USMC. a full tongue keeps dirt and sand out and I've walked in 4 inches and my feet were still bone dry. I like the Vibram tread that sheds mud easily and grips well on sand and loose dirt. Surprisingly in hot weather my feet don't sweat and stay reasonably cool. This boot is amazing.
I got these 3 days after I ordered them, opened the box, put them on and went to work. Break in was minimal. No hot spots even. Great support and cushioning. Very comfortable boot.
I bought these for my husband who was complaining about sweaty feet in his old pair. He says these are great. They wick really well and his feet are dry even when he gets home from work. They do run huge though. We had to return the size 11 for a size 10. Just keep that in mind.
It's no wonder than the Marine Corps issues these boots. Belleville did their homework on this one. Really well made boot and very comfortable. I've had mine for 3 years now and they're still going strong. I only had to replace the laces that were fraying. Proud to wear these.