Arm Your Feet with Belleville Sabre Boots

Belleville Sabre Boots

Belleville Sabre Boots

Belleville knows military boots. Period.

When Belleville released the Flyweight, it changed garrision boots forever by creating a supremely lighweight boot that wore like a sneaker while offering durability and performance that you would expect from your uniform boots. Well, patriots, Belleville has done it again with the release of the Belleville Sabre.

The Belleville Sabre Hot Weather Hybrid Assault Combat Boot is a high octane, ass-kicking combination of full-grain cowhide leather, nylon fabric, and leather suede. These boots feature a 100% Rubber VIBRAM IBEX outsole for taking on rugged terrain, plus a premium polyurethan removable insert, sharp angled lugs, and defined heel to maximize traction, no matter where duty dakes you. Saw toothed toe bumpers and heels aid in climbing and crawling, since your mission may take you to the extreme. Oh, and did we mention that these are hot weather hybrid boots, ready for service in the extreme conditions?

Bellville Sabre boots are lighweight (for better mobility and speed), comfortable (for all day wear), and meet the standard 8″ military height (to complete your uniform). Plus, Belleville Sabres are made in the USA and are Berry Compliant. Would you expect anything less? We carry pairs in both ABU approved Sage Green and Desert Tan.

Arm your feet for the fight with a pair of Belleville Sabre boots. They truly are second-to-none.

We’ve Been Busy. Flyweights, Bloopers, and Holiday Gifts – Oh, My!

We’ve been busier than Santa’s elves during the past few weeks at Patriot Surplus. Let’s talk about some of what we did:

1.) We made lots of videos.

You’ve seen our boy Patrick do his reviews, but did you see the bloopers? That’s right. We made (and kept) a blooper reel. Enjoy with our sincerest compliments. (Oh, and if you haven’t seen the rest of our video reviews, you should definitely check them out on the official Patriot Surplus YouTube Channel.)

2.) We got in our shipment of Belleville Flyweights.

For those of you who know and who preordered, this was a big deal. We’ve been waiting on these boots since November and we’re proud to say that they are here, they’re in our warehouse, and they’re being shipped out to our happy customers. Thanks again for all of the preorders! If you didn’t get a chance to preorder, no worries. We have Belleville Flyweight Boots in stock and ready for purchase, baby!

3.) Steve put together his Holiday Gift Guide for 2011.

The holidays never looked so good.

We’ll be posting more about this on the blog next week, but in the meantime, stay tuned. Your inbox will be graced with the sweet sounds (er, words) of your main man Steve and his gift picks for this holiday season. Also, there may be a coupon for you to enjoy (hint, hint).

4.) We hit 5,000 fans on Facebook!

That’s right. You guys are amazing. You came out in a major way and showed your support for a small business that is dedicated to giving you the best. Thank you. (If you haven’t already, find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/patriotsurplus)

Also, today, we’ve had some pretty nice compliments from our customers roll in. One guy even shared our special power of helping you wrestle sharks right out of the Chesapeake Bay. That’s right. Sharks. Wrestled. Out. Of. The. Bay. 

Belleville Flyweight Boots – In Stock and Same Day Shipping

Back on October 19th, we introduced you to the Belleville Flyweight boot, the hottest garrison boot out there.  This is the latest boot in the Belleville Shoe Tactical Research line.  It is one bad ass boot folks.  When I say it is light, I am not kidding.  Weighing in at a mere 1.5 to 2.5 pounds per pair (size makes a difference), these are a winner in my book when it comes to a garrison boot.

There are three layers of cushioning comfort for superior shock absorption and come  with some truly innovative design features that add both comfort and stability to your step.  As follows:

  • Medial side air vents to keep your feet cool, dry, and comfortable
  • A highly breathable unlined upper
  • An athletic feel and fit.  Essentially, this boot feels like a sneaker.
  • Double and triple stitched seams for enhanced durability.  Solid tack points at all the important seams ends.
  • Tough VIBRAM premium rubber outsole
  • Built-in VANGUARD Sole System for high performance

We carry the Belleville Flyweight Boot in both Sage Green and Desert Tan, so you can choose the pair that best suits your tastes – or the requirements of your uniform. Did we mention that this boot wears like a sneaker but performs like a champion?

Now, I’ve tasked our employee Patrick with helping us sell all these boots that we just unloaded off the truck.  Let me tell you, he is a little less than pleased with his new found accommodations!  For the last few days, we locked him in the warehouse and told him he isn’t allowed out until every last pair is shipped!  Check out his video from inside the warehouse.  We’ve surrounded him with every single box of flyweights and he isn’t allowed out until further notice.  So come on folks, help set Patrick free!  Use coupon code “freepatrick” and get an additional 10% off the boots!

Video Reviews of Belleville Flyweights, Rothco Special Forces Assault Packs, and More

We’ve been busy at Patriot Surplus.

In addition to putting together some A-MAZING Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals, we’ve also been busy making video reviews of some of our latest and greatest gear.

Check em out on the official Patriot Surplus YouTube Channel!

First up, we’ve got our guy Patrick giving his review of the new Belleville Flyweight Garrison Boot. These boots weigh in at a mere 1.5 pounds and are super comfortable. Don’t just take our word for it. See what Patrick has to say about them!

This month, Patriot Surplus was proud to offer Converse Tactical Boots for the first time, which is a big deal in our book. This line of tactical footwear has a lot of great options in it, but one of the boots stood out: the Converse 8877 Tactical Boot. Patrick did another great job giving us his review of the Converse 8877. Let us know what think!

Finally, we took some time to move on from the boots and into gear. The Rothco Special Forces Assault Pack was a top choice from our selection because it’s durable, hydration pouch compatible, and perfect for gifting during the holidays (hint, hint).

Want to see more of our videos? Subscribe to our YouTube channel and leave a comment. We always love hearing from you.

Introducing the Belleville Flyweight: The Perfect Garrison Boot

Belleville Flyweight Boots

Belleville Flyweight Boots

The perfect Garrison boot is set to arrive in November. If you haven’t heard about the Belleville Flyweight, you’re in the dark, man. This is seriously one of the coolest boots we’ve seen in awhile and if you’re dying to find a pair of comfortable and lightweight boots that are perfect for garrison duty, well, look no further than Patriot Surplus.

Next month, we’ll be introducing the Belleville Flyweight Boot to our selection. Weighing in at a mere 1.5 pounds per pair, this boot is incredibly lightweight. Factor in its three layers of cushioning comfort for superior shock absorption and you’ve got boots that are always ready for duty. Belleville Flyweights also come made with some innovative design features that add both comfort and stability to your step, including:

  • Side air vents to keep your feet cool, dry, and comfortable
  • Highly breathable unlined upper
  • Athletic feel and fit
  • Double and triple stitched seams for enhanced durability
  • Tough VIBRAM premium rubber outsole
  • Built-in VANGUARD Sole System for high performance

We carry the Belleville Flyweight Boot in both Sage Green and Desert Tan, so you can choose the pair that best suits your tastes – or the requirements of your uniform. Did we mention that this boot wears like a sneaker but performs like a champion?  To put it simply, this is the boot you want to wear if you’re on garrison duty or just prefer a lightweight pair to take you from the base to home and back again.
Want to save on this hot new item? If you preorder your pair of Belleville Flyweight boots before 10/31, we’ll give you 15% off. Just enter in “FLYWEIGHT” at the checkout to take advantage of this special promotion. Don’t wait though – get your order in now so that we can ship your pair out to you ASAP once they arrive in November.

Belleville Boot Sizing Guidelines and Recommendations

Belleville Boot Sizing Guidelines and Recommendations

Belleville Boot Sizing

Having sold Belleville boots for about ten years now, we’ve come across some general observations on Belleville boot sizing. Keep in mind though that this is not an exact science. Some people want their boots to fit a certain way while others may not like that fit. Sizing really is a personal taste kind of thing. For myself, I like some room in the toe box to wiggle my toes. It’s a comfort thing for me. Other people may like a tighter fit in the toe box. That being said, we have found the following guidelines hold pretty true.

The first thing you should do when selecting boots is go to your local shoe store and have them measure your feet with a Brannock sizing device. This is the silver slide type device you always see at a shoe store. If you don’t have access to a shoe store, you can download our printable Brannock sizing guide by clicking here. When you print out this chart, make sure that your printer does not scale it to fit the paper. You want it to print out at 100% scale.

 Belleville Boot Sizing Guidelines  for US Made Boots

This does not include the Tactical Research line from Belleville as it is foreign made. I’ll start with the hot weather styles, the 310, 220DESST, 600, etc. We have found that these boots tend to run a full size large so we generally suggest our customers order down one full size. For example, if you measure your foot on a brannock device and it’s a 10 regular we would suggest you order a 9 regular in the Belleville domestic hot weather line.

With respect to Belleville’s Water Proof styles, i.e. 790, 615, 800ST, etc., these boots tend to run ‘true’ meaning in general you should order whatever size your foot measures on a brannock device.

Belleville’s Insulated Styles such as the 675ST, 775ST, 880ST, etc. fit differently than the waterproof boots. The insulated boots tend to run just slightly small. We suggest customers either order up a ½ size or stay with their brannock size but order a wide rather than a regular in width. You really have to make this a judgment call. If you are sliding laterally in your boot, then it is too wide. If your heel pulls up out of the heel cup when you are walking, then it is too long. What you want is a snug fit that gives you the ability to move your toes comfortably.

Belleville Boot Sizing for Tactical Research Boots (Any style starting with the letters TR)

All of the Tactical Research boots are manufactured using the same last (boot mold), which means they all should size pretty much the same. What we have found with the Tactical Research line is they tend to run large. We suggest the customer order down at least a half if not whole size depending on how snug they like their boot to fit. Belleville does have one waterproof boot in the Tactical Research line, the TR960ZWP. For this particular boot because the waterproof lining takes up some of the space inside the boot we suggest they stay true to size or only go down a half size.

One thing we like to stress to our customers is that all of the above is ‘advice’ based off their size as measured on a brannock device. We can not and do not offer sizing advice based on the size you wear in another manufactures products. The lasts (mold) used to manufacture boots vary from manufacturer to manufacturer as well as from one style to another based on the construction of the boot. It is impossible for us to make conversions from other manufactures sizes.

Belleville Boot Sizing for the Mini Mil Boot

Let’s discuss the Belleville Mini Mil boots. These boots size entirely different than any boot you may have worn in the past. It has a wider shaped toe box. The MINI-MiL tends to run on the small/short side. When we initially started selling this boot, we had a high exchange rate on the boots because customers were ordering their standard size. Based on experience with the Mini Mil, it is our recommendion customers order a half size up from your normal shoe size. If you wear a size 10, we would recommend you order a 10.5 in the MINI-MiL.

Belleville Boot Sizing for Steel Toe or Composite Toe Boots

Lastly, we often get asked if having a Steel or Composite Safety toe in the boot makes a difference in sizing. The answer is no. The Safety Toe is inserted above the last and does not take up ‘space’ inside the boot and as such does not effect the sizing suggestions as outlined above. This is a common misconception that confuses people regularly.

If you have any questions about sizing, please feel free to contact us at 888-608-2266. We are happy to answer any of your questions.

My Belleville 795’s and a Log Cabin

I spent the last three weeks in the Catskill Mountains of New York building a log cabin with my family. In preparation for the trip, I ran through the warehouse and grabbed some items off the shelf I thought I might need. The first thing that I grabbed were a pair of Belleville 795 Waterproof boots. I didn’t really want the 200 grams of insulation, but I was in a rush and these fit my feet well. It turns out, these were an awesome pair of boots to use in an alternately scorching hot and wet and mucky environment.

While in the Catskills, I endured the first week of unyielding high temperatures in the 100’s. However, due to surface groundwater springs, the ground around the construction site was muddy and damp. It was an odd pairing at best. How does one keep their feet dry and comfy yet stay cool wearing 200 gram insulated boots? Well, I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t really have to worry about it. My feet never once got hot, itchy or achy despite wearing my Belleville Boots about 16 hours a day. In the morning, I pulled on a nice clean pair of socks or a pair of white polypropylene sock liners which turned out to be a great choice as well.

Two things did come up for me during my three weeks in the Catskills. First, I know we all get used to the Mickey Mouse ear shoelaces, but why do they have to make them so long in the first place? In my time in the Corps, I always ended up wrapping them around the top of my boots a few times and then tucking the ears into the top of my boots. In the Marines, this was no big deal. Now that I am a civilian, this was a pain in the ass. Call me spoiled, but it was an extra minute or so getting ready every morning.  I think I may replace them with some paracord cut to the exact length I want. I knew Marines who did this all the time because the paracord was unbreakable compared to the stock laces most boot manufacturers supply with their boots.

My second observation is that these boots are heavier than others I have worn. This is due to the Vanguard sole system Belleville uses. The Vanguard sole system is built much like a running shoe sole.  It provides a high performance, premium cushioning sole which distributes ground impact from your heel to your toe just like your favorite running shoes. Belleville combines a thick polyurethane cushion midsole with a durable VIBRAM® premium rubber outsole.  While it does truly give you an extremely comfortable fit, I think for me personally, they are a bit heavy. Although, if I were on a 26 mile ruck march in the winter, these are the boots I’d have on my feet. My dogs would be thanking me every mile!

At the end of the day, I give these boots a huge thumbs up.  My feet didn’t sweat much, I had zero blisters and I didn’t get any toe jam.  What more can you ask for in a boot that was worn 16 hours a day for three weeks straight?  I defer though to the soldiers and Marines who wear them 16 hours a day for months on end.  Belleville has been a great supplier for us and I have had incredibly few issues with their boots, I can’t even think of one right now to be honest.  The Belleville 795 is a great boot and I highly recommend it!