Belleville Boots

Review of the Belleville 633 Sabre USAF Sage Hybrid Boot

INITIAL IMPRESSION & APPEARANCE: When you need high performance, durability and comfort in the most hostile conditions, choose the Belleville 633 Sabre Hot Weather Hybrid Assault Boot. For the most athletic and aggressive applications in climbing, rappelling, marching or training in rugged terrains, this boot provides lightweight toughness, stability and support to keep you mobile and upright. Approved for the Air Force airmen battle uniform, the 633 Sabre looks great while giving you superior toe protection, maximum burn rate characteristics, shock absorbance and superior ventilation. These boots were designed for the mountains of Afghanistan, and they give you the confidence to ascend and descend mountains or climb trees as safely as possible.

The lightweight but durable Belleville 633 SABRE boot keeps you on your feet in the most treacherous terrain. It’s also comfortable enough to wear for hours on end while keeping out the heat and the debris of combat missions in the cruelest of environments. Avoid pain, moisture and disease-with the many special features of these hot weather hybrid assault boots.

KEY FEATURES: A full-grain cowhide suede upper attached to a breathable nylon Cordura® fabric shell makes the 633 SABRE the most comfortable boot available while resisting abrasion, cutting and tearing. Double stitching gives you the utmost in strength and reinforcement. You can be sure you won’t slide down an incline with a heel kicker that always keeps you going in the right direction. Cooling and circulation come from the two instep vents, and anti-fungal, anti-bacterial Aegis lining prevents disease and odor even under the worst conditions. Another feature is a gusseted tongue to protect you in dusty, sandy and rocky places. The padded tongue and collar give you climbing comfort, and speed lacing provides adjustability and maximum comfort on the fly.

The removable midsole is made of soft, shock-absorbent polyurethane. It’s designed for compression for better comfort and longer wear. Vibram®, said to be the Mercedes of military outsoles, gives you the ultimate protection to overcome the most treacherous terrain in any military mission. The aggressive Ibex lug design has sharp corners for digging into anything from soft terrain to rocks and tree branches. It gives you excellent traction anywhere, including in missions where rope rappelling and crawling are part of the action. The outsole’s rappelling bars extend the wear of the outsole, so your boots last longer. The compression-molded, shock-absorbing rubber insole with dual density on the heel and ball of the foot provides shock attenuation your knees and ankles, making you less prone to injury on the mission. The low-profile sole reduces the weight and improves mobility.

TRYING THESE ON: When you try on these boots, be sure to wear the kind of socks you would be wearing with them for combat and other applications. Lace them up, walk around and check that they fit snugly lengthwise and widthwise. Remember that Belleville boots are about half to one full size larger than your normal shoe size, depending on the type of boot you choose (hot-weather vs. waterproof/insulated). For most people, the hot-weather boots run about one size larger than your normal shoe size, but boots containing a GORE-TEX® bootie may require that you choose only a half size smaller than your normal size for a proper fit.

OVERALL: Belleville has been making footwear for military, law enforcement and industrial personnel for 100 years. The 633 SABRE boots are typical of the company’s products, which are made of high-quality materials that are well designed and well manufactured in America. The boot features all the aggressive styling and lightweight toughness you could ask for in rugged terrain. Its special features provide stability and support, meaning that this boot is built to last even under the most treacherous conditions in combat and elsewhere.

The 633 SABRE boots work well in sand, mountains, forests and other harsh environments. Users recommend the soft, shock-absorbent polyurethane midsole and exclusive low profile outsole that maximize mobility and improve traction in rugged terrain. They also like the deeply serrated toe and heel bumper that assist military personnel in missions that require vertical climbing and crawling. These boots are durable, comfortable and flexible. The vents make the boots breathable while helping with and drainage to keep them cool and dry. The cool mesh quick-drying and moisture-wicking lining is also a comfort feature.

You can get these boots repaired easily at a local shoe repair shop. Maintain the boots easily by brushing them with a soft-bristle brush to remove dirt, cleaning the nylon fabric with a soft brush with warm water and a mild detergent and air drying them. These lightweight, comfortable, durable and practical boots will be your favorites for years to come.