Belleville Boots

Review of the Reebok RB8990 USAF Side Zipper Composite Toe Boot

INITIAL IMPRESSION & APPEARANCE: Authorized for wear with the Air Force combat uniform, the Reebok RB8990 USAF Rapid Response Composite Toe Side Zip Sage Green Boot combines the best of both worlds – the kind of high performance you need in a boot for combat with the incredible comfort of footwear you would choose for running. Providing the utmost in padding, comfort and support, even when your feet have taken a lot of abuse, these are the boots that everyone wants to own.

Formerly manufactured by Converse, the Rapid Response boots became a favorite with the military and construction people. Reebok took over the line and began to offer the same quality workmanship and outstanding design that always made this footwear such a staple. First of all, the outsole is light in weight and flexible in motion, so you can run and jump with ease. Its upper, collar and tongue have great padding to keep you comfortable. To get the boots on and off easily, just use the zipper on the side.

Because your safety is critical, the EVA midsole absorbs shock. The composite toe protects you in any environment – whether you deal with electrical dangers or falling objects -- but doesn’t weigh you down. Made without any metal components, the Rapid Response helps you to avoid the problems associated with airport security devices and other X-ray machines. Reebok’s Rapid Response in sage green sude is the choice of many air force personnel, because it’s so comfortable, convenient and supportive.

KEY FEATURES: The RB8990 USAF Rapid Response Composite Toe Side Zip Sage Green Boot minimizes weight and maximizes flexibility for wear in hot weather. It combines the top-notch performance required in flying and combat with the incredible comfort of runners’ footwear with padding in the tongue and collar. Stand on your feet or sit in the same position for hours while flying, knowing that you have maximum support. The midsole has a cradle shape that keeps your foot nearer to the ground and less likely to get hurt, and there is a detachable insole that supports your arch and stabilizes your heel for maximum comfort. Built into this boot is a shock eliminator.

Surpassing ASTM F2413-05 requirements, the composite safety toe gives you the ultimate protection in dangerous places with electrical problems and items falling. The boot is 100-percent non-metallic, so strut through the airport with no concerns about setting off X-rays and other security machines.

These tactical boots have a sturdy side zipper for getting in and out quickly. The large, rugged nylon teeth won’t break or fall apart under heavy wear. At the top of the zipper tab is a Velcro keeper that won’t let anything catch in the zipper. There are also nylon eyelets for easy lacing.

You’ll look great in these handsome suede and nylon green boots with double stitching, which are authorized for wear with your air force combat uniform. No matter what surface you’re on – sand, dirt, oil, grease and others – you can count on the outsole to provide the ultimate in abrasion, traction and slip resistance with Reebok’s customized Sure-Grip-Plus pattern.

TRYING THESE ON: When you want to figure out your size for Rapid Response boots from Reebok, plan on trying on a half size smaller than what you would wear in ordinary running or casual shoes. Then put on the socks you would want to use when you are on a mission. You can use the laces or the zipper to adjust them and take a few paces around the room. Check the front at the toe and the sides to be sure of a snug fit.

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: After more than 100 years of experience in creating top-notch shoes for athletic use, Reebok has taken its name and know-how and developed a line of boots for people in the military. These military boots from Reebok bring the maximum in comfort and the ultimate in features designed for action, so you feel ready and able to handle any kind of mission. Weighing 30 ounces, these well-liked boots keep you out of danger in every possible way and allow your feet to be in the most optimal condition to handle your workload.

With two rugged layers of compact rubber to absorb shock, Reebok’s RB Rapid Response boots give you double-density outsoles, midsoles that are EVA cushioned, customized double-density inserts and TPU stabilizers in the heel for absorbing shock. In addition, there is maximum support in these convenient RB side-zip boots with protective composite toes. Choose these easy-wearing, easy-maintenance military boots that feel as good as your sneakers and as protective as anything you can buy.