Finally I have discovered a boot that I can recommend to patients with chronic plantar fasciitis who are required to be in boots. The Tactical Research Mini-MiL. It is a military boot created by a company known as the Belleville Boot Company and it features a Vibram Sole. The boot has a 5mm heel to toe drop and was designed for those who are used to running and training in minimalist shoes.
A true minimalist boot featuring a 5mm “drop” between the heel & forefoot, theMINI-MiL™ is designed specifically for the conditioned warrior athlete currently training in minimalist athletic footwear. This quick-drying unlined boot is not only highly breathable, but lightweight too – weighing less than 2 lbs a pair.
A true minimalist boot with a 5 millimeter “drop”
Exclusive Vibram® “Tarsus” oil and slip resistant rubber
Highly breathable unlined leather & nylon upper
Double & triple stitched seams for enhanced durability
Padded Achilles support
AR 670-1 Compliant
The Bellville Boot Company web page features a great post about the MINI-MiL boot and how to properly transition to a minimalist boot.
I discovered this boot this week by a patient in the Army who was a runner and was suffering from foot and knee pain that he resolved with minimalist running shoes. Basically he learned how to function and run more naturally. He then began wearing the MINI-MiL for while at work and has never switched back to a traditional military style boot.
I have yet to fully review each boot the Belleville Boot Company but I do know they offer a steel toe model, but it is not a minimalist boot. I will be in touch with Belleville and make any updates regarding a steel toe minimalist boot.
Dr. Campitelli is a podiatrist in Akron, OH specializing in foot and ankle surgery with an interest and enthusiasm for running as well as helping runners with injuries. For the past several years he has been treating running injuries in patients by fixing their form and transitioning them to minimalist shoes. Having treated runners with all types of injuries through conservative measures with orthotics and shoe gear changes to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Campitelli has brought what works best and is most current to his practice as well as the Akron and Cleveland running communities.