As most have probably seen, you'll be given the option to buy one of several sets of pre-approved boots before CBT. The list usually features a Belleville and a Bates M-8, and one other. I have always worn Bellevilles, right back to when the black issued ICB (improved combat boot) was issued in 2003. I've ventured into other brands. Nike. Oakley. Rocky. But always liked Belleville. Yesterday I bought a set of Bates M-8s. I do not like them, nor do I recommend them. If anyone needs help acquiring boots, let me know.