Belleville Tactical Research TR102 MiniMil Ultra Light Black Boot
Please Note: We have found that the MiniMil is different than ALL OTHER Belleville or Tactical Research boots. The boot tends to run at least a ½ size small. Customers should measure their foot on a Brannock device and then order up at least a ½ size. So if you measure a 9.0R on the device we recommend you order a 9.5R.
What you are viewing is the latest in minimalist boots. The new MiniMil Ultra Light sage green boot from Belleville Boots is the latest addition to their Tactical Research line of boots. The TR102 is a black minimalist bopot featuring a true 5mm "drop" from the heel to the front of the boot. With technology developed in coordination with Vibram, this boot was designed specifically for the "warrior" athlete. If you are currently training in minimalist athletic footwear, this is the boot for you. The MiniMil is designed to be highly breathable and to dry quickly. This boot is unlined and very lightweight clocking in at less than two pounds (2 lbs.) a pair.
Features and Benefits of the Belleville Tactical Research MiniMil Boots:
What do I need to know before purchasing these boots?
These boots fit and wear completely different than any other boot on the market. This is very specialized boot technology. If this is your first time wearing the MINI-MiL? or you have not previously trained in minimalist footwear such as Vibram® FiveFingers, we recommend a gradual transition into full time wearing of these boots. You will be using new muscles in your feet and lower legs that you don't use in traditional military boots. We recommend that you wear the MINI-MiL? for 1 – 2 hour intervals the first few weeks. As you gradually increase your usage of the boots, your body will strengthen over time.
About Barefoot Running:
The popularity of the "barefoot" running movement continues to rapidly expand as athletes from all sports begin to shed their traditional training shoes for footwear that closely mimics the barefoot running experience. Minimalist footwear is designed to allow the foot maximum freedom of movement and articulation while providing a degree of protection for the underfoot. Being both flexible and low to the ground, they provide a more natural gait of movement and the sensation that one is actually barefoot. The thought process behind minimalist footwear is to reduce initial joint impact by creating a shoe that allows for a more natural foot motion - ultimately increasing running performance and decreasing the risk of injury.
Even if you're a veteran runner who is used to running in lightweight shoes, you should take caution when transitioning to a more minimalist type of shoe or boot. You're bound to engage muscles in your feet, lower legs and core differently than you're used to, partially because you'll be landing less on your heel with a braking angle and more near your midfoot with a more level landing. That will require a period of adjustment, especially if you haven't been doing general strength or dynamic strength exercises.
Don’t expect to put on the MINI-MiL? and run a long distance right away. You need to slowly build up your mileage with this boot. We recommend wearing the MINI-MiL? for 1 – 2 hour intervals the first few weeks. Gradually increase usage as your body strengthens and adapts.
Questions People Have About the MiniMil Boot:
How long will it take for me to transition into wearing the MINI-MiL??
Depending on the individual, their foot type, and the activities being performed while wearing the MINI-MiL?, the transition period can be anywhere from a couple of weeks to more than a year. As you gradually continue to train in the MINI-MiL?, your muscles will strengthen and become more conditioned to the enhanced foot mechanics developed while wearing the MINI-MiL?. Just be sure to listen to your body and not overdo it.
Is it normal for my feet to hurt after wearing the MINI-MiL??
If you are not a conditioned minimalist runner who has never trained in minimalist footwear prior to wearing the MINI-MiL?, an adjustment period is normal at first as your feet and lower legs increase strength and mobility. Transition slowly to build strength on your lower legs and feet and within a couple weeks, any discomfort experienced should gradually decrease.
I wear orthotics. Can I still wear the MINI-MiL??
Minimalist footwear is designed to promote better foot mechanics naturally; therefore, is meant to be worn directly against the sole of your foot as if you were moving barefoot. An orthotic is an assertive device to support your foot’s function and help you compensate for any biological aberrations. Attempting to utilize an orthotic with the MINI-MiL? would basically defeat its purpose.
What is “drop”?
“Drop” is referred to as the height differential between heel and mid-sole of a shoe. For years, traditional training shoes have been built with a 12-15mm heel-toe differential. The moderate minimalist shoes typically have a 4-10mm heel-toe drop and zero-drop shoes are generally those that fall in the 0-4mm range.
What is the “drop” on the MINI-MiL? boot?
The MINI-MiL? has a drop of 5mm.
What's in the box?
Belleville Boot Manufacturing Company:
Belleville Boot continues to be a leading provider and innovator of combat, protective, flight and tactical military boots for the US Department of Defense (DoD). At 108 years old and over 1 million pairs of military boots sold annually, Belleville is still the oldest and largest US military boot provider. Click here to learn more about Belleville.