Belleville Boots

Review of the Reebok RB8894 Desert Tan Side Zipper Composite Toe Tactical Boot

INITIAL IMPRESSION & APPEARANCE: If you spend a lot of time on your feet in military or civilian occupations, you need a pair of everyone’s favorite boots. Lightweight but well padded, the Reebok RB8894 Velocity Composite Toe Side Zip Desert Tan boots offer great support, even for people who have serious and painful foot problems. Originally introduced by Converse, the Rapid Response boot series were a tremendous success with military personnel, as well as for hiking and construction applications. Now Reebok produces the same great design and quality that made these boots so popular.

The Reebok Rapid Response Boots were designed with the features of a high-performance combat boot and with the comfort of an athletic running shoe. This boot features a lightweight, flexible outsole that won't limit movement when running or jumping in the field or factory. Its comfort features include a well padded upper, tongue, and collar, as well as a shock absorbing EVA midsole and a lightweight composite toe. A convenient side zipper allows for easy wear and removal.

Feel protected in this boot with its lightweight composite toe that makes it safe in any environment, whether you’re concerned with electrical hazards or falling debris. The Rapid Response is completely metal-free, so it is airport and X-ray friendly. It’s the ultimate in easy wear and practicality, and it’s a great looking tan colored suede. Choose one of the most comfortable military boots on the market today and see why troops and construction workers love them.

KEY FEATURES: : The Reebok RB8894 is a lightweight, flexible, hot-weather boot that keeps you as comfortable as possible, with a padded collar and tongue. It also has a removable comfort insole with an arch support and heel stabilizer. This boot offers maximum support for standing on your feet for long periods of time, even if you have flat feet, weak ankles or plantar fasciitis. Your foot fits into the cradle design of the midsole, keeping it closer to the ground and less injury prone. There is a built-in shock eliminator as well.

The composite safety toe exceeds ASTM F2413-05 requirements for maximum protection anywhere you are required to be. It is very safe for hazardous environments with electrical risks and falling items. Because there is no metal in this boot, you can wear it without worrying about triggering X-rays and other security devices at airports.

Get in and out easily with the durable side zipper on this tactical boot. It’s straight and heavy-duty with large nylon teeth that resist breaking and coming apart. The Velcro keeper for the zipper tab keeps things from getting caught in it. While this particular model with the side zipper is not approved for army wear in the continental US, it can be worn on overseas deployments and is popular with both army and construction personnel. Lacing is easy too with strong, sturdy nylon eyelets.

The RB8894 has a high-abrasion, slip-resistant outsole in a proprietary non-marking Sure-Grip-Plus traction pattern that resists oil and grease. The crescent lug pattern works extremely well on surfaces like sand or dirt. The handsome, double-stitched boot with its leather and 1000D nylon upper looks great and feels great.

TRYING THESE ON: Reebok Rapid Response boots tend to run about a half size larger than typical running shoes, so start the fitting process with boots that are a half size smaller than your normal size. Try them on while wearing the kind of socks you would normally wear for being at a construction site or a military maneuver. Lace them up or zip them up and walk around for a few minutes to gauge the fit. Make sure that they fit snugly on the sides and at the front.

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 REEBOK MILITARY: With more than a century of experience and a great reputation, Reebok has been developing innovative footwear for athletes, and now it has applied that knowledge to the needs of military personnel for about 20 years. Reebok’s military boots combine comfort technologies with action-ready features, so you know that you can have the best footwear to keep you focused on the mission. These popular boots, which weigh 30 ounces, keep you protected from all sorts of hazards and keep your feet in the best possible shape for your work.

The Reebook RB boots offer two firm, shock-absorbing layers of compact rubber for the maximum protection. You get rugged, dual-density outsoles, EVA-cushioned midsoles, specialized dual-density inserts, TPU heel stabilizers that help to absorb shock and great support in these Reebok Rapid Response RB highly protective composite toe, side-zip boots. They’re easy to wear, easy to take care of and easy to choose as your go-to boot.

- Brian