This is my 5th pair of the these boots. I started out wearing Bates but the Bellevilles defintely beat them out comfort wise. These boots got me through SFAS, SOS, RSLC, Ranger Training, and some tactical courses before they gave out. My boots got here fast and they were in good condition.
Stick to the sizing guidelines for these boots and your feet will love them. They do run extremely large like the manufacturer says. After that, these were pretty darn comfortable. I'm serious when I say they feel like my atletic shoes (Nikes), and the workmanship seems are very good. Very slip proof soles that give me traction on everything from wet sidewalks to mossy rocks. I recommend them highly. Just make sure you order one size smaller than you normally wear. Despite this, I still put in green Superfeet insoles and they are perfect.
I order this boot for the Panama jungle camping, my good experience with the boots over 6 month. Very good quality for this boot. I am very good with the desert boot and with the company. VIVA PANAMA!.
I bought these on the recommendation of a friend. My requirement was for a comfortable pair of walking boots to wear for travelling in Europe. So I asked my buddy who has been in the army and to Afghanistan twice and he says to get these. One of the things he recommended that would help me break them in is to hose them down and then wear them wet for a day. So I did that, let them air dry out, and then replaced the factory insoles with Superfeet. After that, it was like wow! These are the most comfortable boots I have ever worn and maybe even as comfortable as my running shoes. Before this, I tried on a pair of Timberlands and there was no flex in the arch of the boot. It felt like I strapped a couple of wooden planks to my feet. Great boots but just keep in mind that they do run big so order 1/2 size or even a full size larger than you normally take. Other than that, I'm really happy I bought these and they served me well on my trip with no problems at all.
I've owned Belleville boots in the past and the 390s needed more breaking in than my older pair. It took me about a week before they got comfortable and they made my feet hurt. I had to loosen up these boots a couple times by letting out the laces but I like to wear my laces tight on my boots. The boots were great after they were broke in.
Let me first start by saying that this is the third pair of these exact boots that I have owned. They have all been this style and all the same size. However, something was different this time. As soon as I opened the box, I noticed that they seemed huge. Second, I saw pitting and small holes in the soles and small black splotches on the cowhide. Not the quality I have come to expect from Belleville.
Back to the sizing: after taking them out and moving my orthotics over from my other boots(READ: Same exact model, style, and size) I realized that there was about 3/4-1" space between the tip of my orthotics and the front of the boot. Somehow the boots have grown. I'm not sure if I missed a memo or something, but I'm really disappointed with what I recieved. The worst part is that I waited too long to purchase new boots so I couldn't return them as I needed a nice pair for a few days later. Any returns would have left me without decent looking boots. Like I said, that was my fault. So now I have a pair of boots that I don't think I'll get the field wear out of because I don't think they'll form to my foot like the others did. I guess I'll get another brand to start breaking in to use for field/ruck purposes and use these things for classroom/non-movement purposes.
This will probably be the last pair of these I'll buy. I'm going to write Belleville and see if they have anything to say.
The best boots by far that i have ever owned. my buddy got a pair of oakley SF boots the same time i got mine. we both wear them everyday and his are falling apart like a cheap sneaker....!
I got my first pair of these boots at West Point and was immediately impressed with how much better they were than the old standard issue black boots. The Vibram sole wears well and provides excellent traction in a variety of surfaces. Unlike some of the other boots, the Belleville 390 DES do not seem to require a break-in period. I had to put on a new pair during Sapper School and immediately wore them for dozens of miles carrying up to a hundred pounds of gear, and I couldn't really tell much of a different between them and my old ones. For rucking, running, or general every day use, these boots have served their purpose in combat, training, and everything else. I can't recommend these boots highly enough. Local boot shops will replace the soles when they wear out.
These are the current standard issue boots for most U.S. forces, and for good reason. The Belleville 390 DES boot is comfortable from the first wearing, lightweight and remains comfortable during extended wear. I had not worn boots regularly since my last flying assignment in the US Navy in 1993, and wasn't sure how I'd adapt to these boots. The good news: no adaptation was needed. I was expecting a break-in period as I'd experienced with previous "issue" boots..and none was required. I've since worn them for up to 12 hours daily with socks of varying thickness and material: no issues with rubbing, blisters or binding across a range of surfaces (woodland, grass, sand and pavement). Two notes: (1) These boots are not waterproof, so if you anticipate a wet environment or rain, you'll want to treat them with water repellent. (2) Start sizing these boots a full size smaller than what you normally wear. Normally a size 11, choosing a 390 DES in a size 10 yielded a perfect fit.
Belleville 390 desert boots are excellent boots. Well made, very light, sturdy, good traction, good ankle support, and excellent shock absorbing soles. They are more comfortable than running shoes, but support as well as any other boot I've worn, and cushion better than they support. Since I started wearing these, my knees and back have been hurting a lot less than they had. No other boot ever fit as well out of the box, and these are lasting very well. I can't recommend these highly enough.
I have been in the Army awhile now, and I have tried many boots. The problem that I was having was that my feet would end up hurting over time, or they would just feel worn out. After I tried this boot all my problems vanished. These boots are very comfortable, in fact, they were better than my running shoes, and they are an enjoy to wear. The only down side to these boots is that they are not waterproof, but because of how comfortable and light these boots are I feel that they are very deserving of a five-star rating. After a year and a half of wearing these everyday I finally had to buy another pair as my old ones were worn out.