Working in Kuwait as a contractor and my job requires tan desert boots. Our issued ones are horrible (5.11 ATAC) This is the 2nd pair of boots I have bought in 2 years and they are very comfortable. It took about a week for some minor breaking in around the top potion of the boot in the ankle area. Once broken in I have to say I do notice when I am walking over rocks (we have a lot of them on our camps) that I barely feel them due to the soles of the boot. One thing I will have to say is that they are not the "coolest" boot I have worn. I was working outside 12 hours a day 6 days a week in temps that hit higher then 140+ degrees on some days and if I had these on I know my feet would get very hot. I am working inside currently and my feet tend to get warm some days. I am making the comparison to my pair that I ended up retiring after 1.5 years of wear, Magnum Elite Spider, which I could feel the air flow through the boot which keep my feet cooler (If that even sounds possible in the desert heat).
I've had these boots for over a year now and they are still very comfortable, lightweight, and durable. I've used them mostly on hikes, camping trips, and motorcycle rides. I have no complaints about these boots.
has good air flow to keep your feet cool. they have this padding in them that leaves no hot spots. i didn't even have to break them in. a very good buy
I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect out of these boots. I'm not a soldier but I figured that if the 'boys' wear these then they have to be pretty good. Guess what....THEY ARE. These are very nice boots and they are very comfortable. I recently did a 15 mile hike in these and not a single blister. Even ran 4 or 5 miles in these as well. I really can't say enough good things about them. I've got 30 miles in with these boots now and they rock.
Holy Crap. That's all I'm able to say about this boot. Don't do what I did, order your actual size. These boots are THE BEST pair of boots I've ever owned. Not only is it impossible to roll your ankle in them, they have the most amazing arc and heel supports I've ever seen. Ever. Never had I had a boot this amazing straight of the box. It is a little uncomfortable once you wear it for the first time, but in 2-3 days of wearing it all day, it makes it all worth it. They don't lie when they say there are supports in the boots. Other than the toe area, everything is completely surround by this boot. And the toes, the toe are has so much room. I know it sounds weird when I say that, but you literally have enough room to where you can raise all of your toes up, but because of the padding all around the rest of your leg/foot, your foot doesn't move and the area is very roomy and quite perfect. (for when you have that one itch on the top of your big toe) Wellco definitely thought of "everything" there is to think of when it comes to the boot. Now, quit wasting your time reading these reviews, and but the damn things already!!!!!!!
Definitely among the most comfortable boots, unfortunately the quality is extremely poor. After only 3 months, the seams broke on one pair of boots and a hole appeared in the top of the other pair of boots. Company attributed it to "wear and tear" so did not honor their warranty even after they agreed to do so over the phone and I spent the money to return them. In 10 years, none of the other combat boots I have worn broke after 3 months. They usually last 3-5 years. I'm going back to military clothing and sales.
I use this boot mainly at the pistol range for USPSA matches in Florida. I needed a lightweight boot that would give suport, comfort and traction.It meets all ofthose requirements and looks great. Biggest problem - which is with most boots - they are a little hot for Florida. But hey, you can't wear flip flops at the pistol range.
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.
MY SON LOVED THE BOOTS, HE ATTENDS A CADET PROGRAM OF COURSE WHEN HE FEELS LIKE IT! THE BOOTS ARE VERY NICE ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS WHO ATTEND CADET PROGRAMS!
I found these Wellco boots to be quite comfortable. They fit well and are light weight on the foot. I also recieved these in a sooner time than I expected. A zipper on these would be the next best thing. Thanks
The following is only my first impression. I've served in the military and have worn boots all my life so I know it's a little unfair to judge a boot too quickly, but... There's a ton of vertical wiggle room in the toe area. I can easily curl every one of my toes, or cross my big and long toes. While that may sound good, it's just not normal. I've never had a boot with this much room in the toes, top to bottom. Even after putting in a gelled insole there is a little too much wiggle room to call it perfect, but it's not a big deal. As-is though I'd give that portion of the boot 3 stars. 4 with an insert. They also seem to run close to a size too big in length. These 12's fit more like 13's, but again, with thick socks and insoles they're closer to satisfactory than not. They're close enough to where I don't wish to return them for a smaller size, but if I were to order another pair I would definitely go down a half a size; and yes that's even after the gel insert and socks. I only have one big complaint and that's the way the toe curls. The crease that's created while walking, where the toes bend up... it digs into me pretty good on the top of where my toes meet my feet. I'm hoping that once they're broken in this won't be an issue, but for right now I'd have to say they dig in worse than any boot I've had other than this one cheap pair of Walmart steel-toed. They might even rub me raw before they get broken in. As I walk around in them I'm really questioning if I should return them or not, but my gut tells me to wait until I break them in because this boot, as a whole, is outstanding. For the most part they already feel more like sneakers than boots. They are very light and from the heel on upwards they are the most comfortable boot I've ever worn. I love the tread pattern and can tell they will have superior all-terrain grip. The rubber soles are also relatively soft and I'm sure they will grip on wet surfaces just as well. Being soft, light, cushioned and comfortable I have no doubt these can be worn day in and day out without complaint. I feel they are the perfect height. I'm also fairly confident, judging by its apparent quality, that these boots will last quite some time. The only parts that aren't double-stitched are the lace eyelets and that's probably because there wasn't enough area to do so.
These Boots Are Great!
I was looking for boots that were great for the heat, lightweight and had good support. These were recommended by a soldier who had knee surgery like myself, she did not steer me wrong. They are very comfortable to walk in and during the hot months my feet were cooler then the in the standard issued boots. I would recommend these to anyone that needs cooler boots and has bad knees.
For a boot, the comfort of this boot is amazing. It fits and feels like a glove "once its on" with excellent support. But, near the ankle, one of the laces threads through a "set back" loop (see picture) that is extremly tight, and makes it next to imposible to not only lace, but unlace as well. It seems to be designed that way as its of a different shape than style than the others. Possibly a drill would open it up more if this could be done without breaking it. Without some sort of fix, or skipping that loop, getting the boots on and off, is too much of a chore to make them worthwhile.
I ordered these on a sunday, with amazon prime they arrived on monday. They are really nice boots, a lot better than the ones issued at basic. They are really nice looking boots and really comfortable, they are a little thick on the padding, my feet get really warm after a while. They will be nice for colder climates. A great boot for the price!
These shoes are really comfortable. Especially being deployed and always walking on rocks, I don't feel the rocks on the bottom of my shoes unlike others. I would recommend this to anyone deploying or just being in the military.
I got these boots when I hit Bragg last February. My unit road marches about 8 miles on average every week and I wasn't too happy with my issue boots. I went to General Jacksons, tried on a few pairs and liked the way these Wellco boots felt so I bought them. That afternoon I went for a 3 miler to break them in and they were so awesome I didn't even get a hot spot! This is just unheard of for new boots. Not a single blister, even on the 20+ mile road marches which really surprised me. I should add briefly that I've been in since 1976 and have done more than a couple of road marches in my time. These are a lightweight boot with tremendous support to weight ratio. I highly recommend them for road marches especially. I just bought another pair and am going to go with these exclusively.
I got these boots a week ago and they are already my favorites. There is good cushioning in the heel while walking and they are very comfortable. The old Herman Survivors feel like lead weights on my feet compared to these Wellcos. I'm definitely satisfied with the product.
I've owned many Wellco boots over the years but this is only my second pair of 'new style' desert/warm weather boots. Old style military/duty boots tend to have little to no ankle support while the new generation of tactical boots feature padded shafts and tongues reinforced with plastic, rubber, or webbing. I bought these Wellco X-4orce boots after buying the Wellco Spartan boots, another new tactical model. (See my review of the Spartans under that product page.) I have a wide foot and my 12-wide boots fit very comfortably. They are wide at the forefoot where I need the width but the heel area holds my heel without being too tight. I have a big 'knuckle' on the big toe of my right foot and some boots are uncomfortable across the top surface of my right foot, at least until they break in. These X-4orce boots are comfortable across the top of my foot even when laced firmly. The shaft is comfortably padded, the tread seems to be just grippy enough to give me good traction off-road without feeling slippery or overly grippy on concrete or carpet. The insole is cushioned but firm and these boots feel like a broken-in pair of sneakers. If I had to choose, I would probably choose the X-4orce over the Spartan because the X-4orce seems to be more comfortable out of the box, but the Spartans are certainly a well-made model of boot. NOTE: The Spartans have vented air/drainage holes at the instep and the X-4orce do not. I live in a very dry climate with temperate weather most of the year so I can wear either three seasons but if drainage hole are important to you, you will not find any on the X-4orce.