Bates Footwear

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Bates was founded in 1885 and has flourished due to their advancements in footwear technologies and their unwavering commitment to workers who depend on their products. It was founded as a small dress footwear business and has become a leading footwear manufacturer for uniformed personnel today.

Bates boots and shoes are designed to support and protect those in the military, police, postal, and other uniformed departments. Their work footwear features dirt, oil, and water-resistant leathers, breathable mesh lining, and slip-resistant outsoles for long-lasting wear, incredible comfort, and reliable traction on various terrains. Bates steel toe and composite toe boots are ASTM F2413-11 rated and provide excellent long-term protection. They design their work boots to be versatile to keep you protected in different work environments.

Today, Bates proudly serves as one of the largest suppliers of footwear to the U.S. federal government, the Department of Defense, and public service departments throughout the United States. Their future, like their past, continues to be inspired by market-leading innovations that reinforce our dedication to craftsmanship, integrity, and value.

Bates is always driven by a desire to excel and be their best, like the countless men and women they proudly serve.

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5" Tactical Sport

5" Tactical Sport

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Husband likes these boots. This is the only brand and style, fit of boot he can wear for 8-10hrs of work. His feet do not ache. He bought 2 pairs to rotate through his work week. Guess they will last longer.

on March 14, 2019

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5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

Perfect fit. Break in time is minimal. Very solid, great support. A very confident boot. Get other insoles (I suggest the Timberland Pros). Great boot, I love the side zip.

on March 12, 2019

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Raide Mid Leather Sport Tactical

Raide Mid Leather Sport Tactical

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

The sizing is the same as my old bates lights. Snug in a 10.5 EW, and without that awful toe seam the uniform boots have. For point of reference, I wear an 11.5 in asics (gel-kayano for width and stability) and an 11 in converse and vans, always going for as accurate a fit as possible, no excessive space. I also always wear superfeet blue or (more recently) gold insoles to increase vertical space at the toebox and vamp. In regards to the width, the converse/vans only get comfortable when the side rips at the pinkie knuckle on both feet. These boots seem good, though like other extra wide bates I'd have to break em in for width. With the bates lights (not for inspections) I'd soak them in the shower then stuff anything I could fit into them. These wouldn't need something that aggressive, maybe just soaking and wearing for a day, unfortunately I won't be doing that as i intend to return em :/ Upon checking them out in person I realized the whole midsole is all foam. Thats awesome for comfort and such, but I've got some nerve pain issues now that requires a thick firm sole. Once the foam begins to compress in a few short months I'm back to having pins and needles in the right side of my face. The bates lights (USMC) have rubber midsoles (think im using that nomenclature properly), and although its soft rubber that wears fairly quick, they keep me in good health. I'd really like these if not for my physical problem. Oh!! Some big points for these! Speedlacing, no zippers, and no goretex. Those are the three stipulations I've got for good boots. Speedlacing (obvious), zippers: unnecessary/potential failure/loosening, abnormal flex EX: when crouching/pushing something heavy, and GORETEX: Shoes get wet, and they dry. I don't want anything trapping in moisture/water, preventing breathing. I'm sure customers will like these if they're okay with the aesthetics and understand that the foam will compress with time, increasing impact on the heel when stepping.

from SD, CA on March 11, 2019

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GX-8 Desert Composite Toe

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Very comfortable work boot. Easy on/off with zipper. I recommend that you spray a stain protector as they do mark up easily.

from Rialto on February 22, 2019

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GX-8 Desert Composite Toe

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

perfect fit

from Chester VA. on February 20, 2019

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5" Tactical Sport

5" Tactical Sport

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

These boots are precisely as described and very reasonably priced as well. The leather is subtle making them very comfortable right out of the box and they should be perfect for the purpose intended. I’m very pleased with this purchase but I continue to be impressed with the incredible customer service Zappos provides.

from Calabasas on February 15, 2019

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High Gloss Uniform Oxford

High Gloss Uniform Oxford

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I got these for my husband because he had been wearing the same pair of dress shoes for the last 20 years and complained every time he had to wear his dress uniform. He normally needs a wide shoe but with these he did not. He seemed to be in a better mood by the end of the evening and didn't complain about his feet. He said they were comfortable. The tread is quite thick so I'm not sure these were really within regulation but nobody said anything.

on February 14, 2019

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5" Tactical Sport

5" Tactical Sport

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

This boot is extremely comfortable right out of the box ! I ordered a 10 2E. Perfect fit. I normally wear new boots for about an hour at a time for the first few days to break them in. Not with this boot. I put it on, started walking around and just left them on for the rest of the day. Very good support. I wore Bates boots for 26 years in LE and they were always my go to boot. Now that I am retired, I still like the look and feel of quality footwear. I think you will like them. JJP

from Raritan, NJ on February 14, 2019

Raide Mid Leather Sport Tactical

Raide Mid Leather Sport Tactical

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Style 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars

Quite narrow and look weird

on February 13, 2019

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Charge-6

Charge-6

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

Second time I ordered these. First was great second time get snug. Sent them back.

on February 13, 2019

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Charge-6

Charge-6

  • Overall1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

even though these were marked extra wide, my husband could not get his foot into the boot. He bought another pair in wide that fit perfectly.

on February 08, 2019

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GX-8 Desert Composite Toe

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Normally I am a size 9 1/2 so I ordered a 9 1/2 for these boots and they were too big, no problem I called Zappos and the Zappos rep was letting me know if I would like to try a smaller size or get a refund? I went for a size 9 which was surprisingly sent the next day; what great customer service. As it turned out a size 9 was still just not right, too much room in the toe box. Feeling bad I called Zappos and had another pleasant conversation with a Zappos rep who let me know that on a second return I would be given the option of a gift card or get a refund on my credit card. I chose the gift card. A few days later I called Zappos and had a third pleasant conversation with a Zappos rep and asked for a size 8 1/2. This order came the second day after my call and when I tried the boots on they fit perfect. Super comfortable and super cool looking boot. Zappos has some really great people working the order desk. Three calls and three incredibly polite Zappos phone support personnel.

from Santa Monica on January 31, 2019

High Gloss Durashocks® Oxford

High Gloss Durashocks® Oxford

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

These have great cushion however the shoe is very hard and not pliable and really dug into the back of my heal/ankle. They were also a little narrow in the front. I could tell it would have been a very supportive shoe if it wasn't so rigid.

on January 30, 2019

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Velocitor Waterproof Zip

Velocitor Waterproof Zip

  • Overall1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

These are probably the best boots I have ever owned they are perfect in every way with on exception I average 15000 steps a day between two jobs and in three months the sole is almost worn through and the leather has become detached from the mesh on one side this is unacceptable boots that cost $165.00 should last at least 6 months to a year I have had cheaper less comfortable boots last longer than these.

on January 29, 2019

GX-4 GORE-TEX®

GX-4 GORE-TEX®

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

A little stiff (might break in with time) but well made and the most comfortable boots I've tried on in a long time. And they look good too.

from California on January 21, 2019

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GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I bought these as my primary motorcycle boots. Comfort and protection wise they are fantastic. However, they are not waterproof as advertised. They cannot withstand a 20 minute ride in the rain. For comfort and protection I recommend, for waterproofness I do not recommend.

from Charlotte, NC on January 21, 2019

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Raide Mid Leather Sport Tactical

Raide Mid Leather Sport Tactical

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

This is my first shoe review - hopefully this is useful. The boot is awesome. with my last boots I would get home from work and kick them off with urgency. I could sleep in these boots they're so comfortable. it's like wearing running shoes with ankle support! I read a negative review about the ankle support being too cushy, but after one day you forget all about that. I had a little trouble finding the right size but that may be because of my weird foot shape. I ended up 1/2 size smaller than usual and with the extra wide option. I highly recommend these for anyone looking for boots in an urban environment.

from Houston on January 18, 2019

High Gloss Uniform Oxford

High Gloss Uniform Oxford

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Have been wearing Bates fore years. These shoes are my "trade mark". Thanks Zappo for another great pair of shoes!!

from Wallkill NY on January 13, 2019

Shock FX

Shock FX

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I bought these coyote brown Bates Shock FX boots to replace a pair of Merrell boots. I use these for light hiking and going to the range. So far these are excellent boots especially if you're looking for comfortable tactical boots that you can wear all day and that aren't black. These Bates are well designed and a lot lighter than you would think from looking at the photos. They are very comfortable and easy to get on and off although maybe a little too narrow if you wear really thick wool socks. The oversized outer toe cap-front bumper is a nice feature and protects your big toe from jagged rocks and concrete. The sole is not a Vibram sole but it grips loose dirt, wet concrete and light snow nicely. I would say these boots are for temperate to hot environments. I have worn these in 90 degree to 40 degree weather and in the rain/sleet and they have kept my feet comfortable and dry and only took a few days to break in. The only negative I can think of is that the coyote brown suede upper gets dirty very easily and its a chore to brush clean. I will definitely buy another pair when these wear out but Bates is infamous for changing their designs every year.

from Chicago, IL on January 12, 2019

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Chelsea Composite Toe

Chelsea Composite Toe

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

The shoe looks great but for me it wasn't a comfortable fit. You can slide your foot in and out easily but in exchange it was too loose of a fit.

from GA on January 02, 2019

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Delta 8" Side Zip

Delta 8" Side Zip

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I was notified by e mail that this boot was back in stock, however still no size 8. I was very disappointed. This is the exact same style of boot I have had for several years and I wanted to replace them before they wore out completely.

from N Ga on December 28, 2018

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5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

True fit. They last about 1 year with daily use. This is my fourth pair of these boots.

on December 15, 2018

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GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

This was my third pair of these boots. I wear them everyday at work (paramedic). I wear them year round in New England and they keep my feet warm in winter and they are not excessively hot in the summer. To Zappos' credit, they price matched them with a lower sale price on Gall's.

on December 14, 2018

Charge-6

Charge-6

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

These are very lightweight, nice looking boots. I bought the wide model so I could add an insole, but even without one they have nice bounce in the heel.

on December 11, 2018

Velocitor Waterproof Zip

Velocitor Waterproof Zip

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

I've worn Bates boots before while working security. They seem to run narrower than most boots so I always order the wide. When you first put the boot on you will actually say that this can't possibly be a wide. But after you wear it a day or so, they seem to conform to your foot and stretch out a bit and become some really comfortable boots. Getting them on in the morning still seems a little sng but once they are on your feet, they are very comfortable. I kept expecting them not to be very comfortable because I had to really push my feet in to get them on but they are super comfortable all day long and very light on my feet. I would give them a 5 star rating except for the extra effort to get them on in the morning. Note: these boots do have a side zipper which is supposed to make it easier to get on. However my experience is that they only work if everything is lined up just right. The zipper won't move sometimes and you have to work it to get it zipped up. Too much work-- it's easier to loosen the laces and just push my foot into the boot and not have to mess with the zipper...

from Chicago on December 08, 2018

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