My last pair of boots was USAF issue Bates from about four years ago. These new Bellevilles must weigh half as much. They must save a lot of weight using a synthetic sole compared to a pure rubber sole like boots used to have in the past. Very comfortable boot and extremely lightweight.
These run big. Wish I would have known that when ordering. What a pain having to send these back.
I work in a USAF depot for equipment refurb and I'm around forklifts, heavy equipment and hazardous items all day. These boots have been excellent so far. The steel toe in these boots are a must have in my line of work. Last month, I had a "close encounter" with one of the forklifts in the shop nicking the toe of my right boot. Good thing I was wearing these.
I'm very satisfied with these. They are extremely lightweight and comfortable. I'm going on one year of having these and the sole shows minimal wear. The only thing is stains are hard to remove from the suede.