after trying a number of different brands of boots i bought my first pair of these in 2003.....ive never bought another brand since. no break in period. i usually stick with this same model, except for the tan pair i have. im just now needing to replace my latest pair after 3.5 years. as a police k9 handler i beat the snot out of them and they still look decent after all this time. (42+ hours per week) cant fix the scratches on the leather from trompin around in creekbeds, ditches, woods and alleyways but a little polish shines em right up. i beat them up so bad i literally have to shine them daily but a few minutes later they are gleaming. never a problem with the waterproofing either. ive replaced the insole but thats no big deal if i get over three years out of them. hate that my first pair cost me only $98 and now they have gone up considerably but they are worth it!
I got my first pair of Belleville 700s in USAF basic training. We were given a few brands of boots to pick from, it was just whatever they had in stock and these were among the choices. I randomly grabbed these and some other brand. By chance, I had decided to use my Bells as my stomping boots and my others as my show boots. I'm so glad I did that. These have pretty much never given me any issue while doing marching drills and every day walking. I've had my pair for about 4 1/2 years now I think (I'm bad with time). They're still going strong. The only reason I'm even buying another pair is because my current ones look like crap from all the wear and tear plus the fact that I had polished them a bit at first before I chose my other boots to be my polish boots. So the leather is very distressed from all that shoe polish and whatnot. I treated them poorly (only due to lack of knowledge at the time). I love the weight of them, it's just enough that you know your feet are safe but not so much that you put excess strain on your legs. The fit is perfect, though with some new Dr. Scholls inserts, I sometimes wish I had 1/2 size larger than my current size. I didn't even have to replace the insoles until just last year. I really have nothing bad to say about these boots. Don't mess with the leather and it WILL last. There are areas of the boot that I did not mess up with my terrible shoe shining back in basic training and those leather parts are still looking new. Even the tread is going strong after 4 1/2 years with wear only on the heels from doing marching drills.
I purchased these for my work and found that they fit like a glove and are very well built. The laces are truly speedy too.
I bought these for my job working on a construction site in the cold winters here in Montana. They keep my feet warm and are very comfortable. No problems with these at all so far.
I love the boots. An Air Force buddy of mine recommended I try these. I used to wear Wolverines but I'm sold on the Bellevilles. I've been using them for over three years now and they are still holding up well.
I wear these boots everyday for my job as a police officer and have not been disappointed. They hold up well to everyday use. Other than a few scuffs and cuts, they still look new after 2 years. It's nice to know that high quality products like this are still made in the USA.
Excellent boots and made in the USA.
I've been wearing Bellevilles for the last ten years and have not been disappointed. The 700s have been great with a modern design and lighter than their boots in the past. Same great comfort and quality without the weight.
Ordered these boots and they arrived in less than a week. However, I didn't realize they run large. Once I exchanged them, they were great. Very comfortable on the worksite for 12-15 hr shifts.