Belleville Boot Sizing Guidelines and Recommendations
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.