Belleville Boots

Review of the Belleville 650 Waterproof USAF Boot

INITIAL IMPRESSION & APPEARANCE: If you are in a flight line or cockpit in the air force, you want your feet to be protected from the elements while you remain as comfortable as possible. You can keep the feet cold-free, moisture-free, contamination-free and burn-free with the rugged Belleville 650AF sage green boot. It combines the very best features of athletic and military footwear for maximum comfort and protection and combines cold weather insulation with lab-tested burn time characteristics.

Belleville has been making these boots in America for a century, providing a great value that will be with you for years with minimal work. The gusseted tongue and GORE-TEX® Fabric Bootie keep water out, even when you stand in 5 inches of it. Keep yourself from slipping with the VANGUARD® sole. Stay comfortable with the padded insides. These sage green suede and nylon boots look great. You’ll be happy with the price and the durability when the boots stick around for several years with adequate care.

KEY FEATURES: Whether you need to be insulated from a cold or heat in the cockpit, you can trust your Belleville 650 boots to protect you. The top-notch sage green suede and rip- and scuff-resistant Cordura® nylon uppers hold up in the most rugged conditions. They have an extra eyelet, so you can lace them further down on your feet and stabilize them for extra coordination in new places, and they weigh 33.5 ounces or 2.1 pounds.

You’ll be able to keep water and other kinds of liquid contaminants away from your feet while wicking out sweating because of the fabric bootie made of GORE-TEX®. The special protective barrier has a special design that keeps you warm and dry while also protecting against fire. The shock-absorbent, high-compression midsole has standard moderate padding. You can remove and replace this high-comfort, high durability padding with an orthotic if you choose.

Get your grip on anything, thanks to the VIBRAM® Sierra outsole’s innovative lug design that gives you the confidence to move and then stop in any direction in just about any kind of environment. Whether your challenges are slick oil spills or craggy hillsides, you be able to keep your footing and keep on going. These boots give you confidence with every step.

TRYING THESE ON: Choose your size in these durable boots by going a half size down from your running or street shoe size. The GORE-TEX® bootie that insulates you from cold and other elements takes up space in your boot, but you’ll be glad it’s there when you’re on the flight line or in the cockpit. You can try them on with a variety of sock styles that Belleville makes or bring your own favorites. Then tie the laces to assure a tight fit with breathing room up front and on the sides. Then take a few paces for a few minutes.

OVERALL: I'm definitely impressed with these boots. They're tough, made of high quality materials, well designed, well manufactured, and made in the USA. Hard to ask for more out of a sub $200 boot. There's a reason Belleville has been making boots for the military for over 100 years. For a cold weather waterproof winter boot, the Belleville 790 is a winner.

ABOUT BELLEVILLE: Belleville, which is America’s oldest military footwear supplier, has been offering military boots for over 100 years. Belleville Shoe began in 1904 near St. Louis with one small factory. The company obtained its first contract for military boots when World War I began. Ever since then Belleville has been making top-notch footwear that serves the needs of various military personnel. When Belleville first started, it just provided simple, straightforward shoes and boots and offered the best in customer service.

Because Bellevile desired to give the country’s military forces the latest in footwear, the company took pride in developing the technology that became an integral part of its lauded and liked boots. Using the newest materials and manufacturing technology, the company manufactures boots that have long wearing-durability and perform well wherever you need them. Turning out more than a million pairs of boots every year, Belleville has collected various honors from the U.S. government for its ethics and ability.

After making athletic shoes for Hall of Famers like Stan Musial, the company now puts athletic shoe designs into its combat boots to provide great comfort while maintaining the ability of the boots to offer protection for the wearer. Numerous branches of the U.S. military forces swear by Belleville boots. These boots also offer durability and comfort to professionals in law enforcement, security patrols and industrial factories who stand on their feet a great deal.

- Brian