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Velocitor Waterproof Zip
Velocitor Waterproof Zip Posted: 4/6/15
Reviewer: from Georgia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very comfortable, durable (a couple months into frequent use - so far, so good), no complaints here. "Extra wide" feels normal; I imagine "standard" may feel slightly narrow.

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8" Durashocks® Lace-To-Toe Side Zip Posted: 4/3/15
Reviewer: BuffedBiker from Massachusetts
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Bought these to replace worn out Magnum work boots that I had for 7 years. This is my third pair of Bates boots, other pair were low rise work shoes and also steel to Navy Seal Durashocks. This pair fit perfectly out of the box and took maybe a day to break in. Great support all around, extremely comfortable as I have found all Bates to feel on me and a couple of added plusses were how they worked on my motorcycle. Good strong toebox that stood up to the shifter and super grippy sole on the pavement. I thought I was going to have to buy another pair of motorcycle boots but these work great at work or on a ride.

Velocitor Waterproof Zip
Velocitor Waterproof Zip Posted: 3/6/15
Reviewer: Cody from Indiana
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is my first pair of Bates and I couldn't be happier. I work on my feet 10-12 hours a day and I go through a lot of boots. When I first got these boots I thought there is no way there 4E. But to my surprise they fit like a glove and there very comfortable and by far my favorite pair of boots. I will be buying a second pair for sure. You can't go wrong with these boots.

Code 6 - 4
Code 6 - 4" Posted: 3/3/15
Reviewer: Joe from California
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I have owned many similar boots over the years, including other good quality Bates. This pair is the absolute worst pair of boots I have ever owned. The plastic eyelets began popping out of the holes, as they are held together by another weak plastic ring from the inside. I have had to superglue them back on, but again falling off. Secondly, a portion of the bottom foot tread has peeled half way from from the boot, on both boots! I superglued this piece back on only to have it come off again, at which time I had to cut it. This all started occurring within three weeks of wearing them. I wear them indoors, not exposing them to the elements, and still falling apart with basic walking indoors only. Do not buy these boots! The only reason I did not send them back is I threw out the box and only expected a year or two out of them, unfortunately they didn't last a month before I had issues. I'm at the six month mark now, and additional eyelets coming off. I'm very disappointed I have to buy another pair in the very near future.

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot Posted: 2/27/15
Reviewer: from Long Island, NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these boots for my husband. He has no interest in shopping for clothes, and I got tired of seeing him going to work on a snowy day wearing business shoes. It seems these boots are marketed to police officers, and other professionals who spend a great deal of time outside, but they look just fine with my husband's suit, and he can change into his shoes when he gets into the office. The boots are excellent quality. He says they are comfortable and they have decent traction.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 2/25/15
Reviewer: from Lake Norman North Carolina
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I'm still breaking these guys in so bear that in mind. If it's any help I have an older black pair which are great but unfortunately are a size too large. I ordered these a size smaller and they're about perfect (and will be once the break in period is done) Apart from the size these are very comfortable and holding up well, as are there older brothers.

GX-4 GORE-TEX®
GX-4 GORE-TEX® Posted: 1/28/15
Reviewer: Robert from Los Angeles
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These boots are absolutely terrific. I am a bartender and spend countless hours on my feet. They have great arch support and have brilliant cushioning. I spill all kinds of alcohol and water on these boots and so far they have held up very well.I would highly recommend these for people who are on their feet for extended periods of time.

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8" Steel Toe EH Insulated Zip Posted: 1/22/15
Reviewer: David L from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Never had a boot chafe so much. Top of the boot where the leather meets the fabric was poorly done. It just keep rubbing against my shin. After a day's worth of work, I noticed it broke skin even with the long socks I can protecting me. I had a great Bates ST 3 years ago. I don't know why they messed up their design.

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot Posted: 1/14/15
Reviewer: Andrew Muniz from United States
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Not fit for military. I am in the military and got these boots about 3 months ago. They seemed to have all the features I was looking for, but I was a little hesitant because of the price. I must say they are very comfortable and easy to put on and take off, but the durability is not, by any means up to par with the likes of Danner and Red Wing boots. The outsole started peeling off within a month of wearing these. I spend most of my time on a ship and was not happy with this purchase. Save your money and invest in a better product.

Ultra-Lites
Ultra-Lites Posted: 1/12/15
Reviewer: from Bay Area, CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

A friend of mine had a pair of these and I really liked them although after buying a pair for myself, I do not like them as much on me. I wear an 8½. I bought the 8½ and they fit perfectly. The boots are well made, not super comfortable, just ok. I am a boot girl and the more rugged the better but these - I am just not loving them.

Ultra-Lites
Ultra-Lites Posted: 1/11/15
Reviewer: Rebecca McDonough from Orcas Island, WA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Seem fairly well made, and are largely comfy. I'm not used to an above-the-ankle shoe, so that took a little getting used to. One note: I like to wear fairly thick socks, and don't think I have "cankles" ;) but I ran out of shoelace to put through the top hooks! I had to purchase longer bootlaces for these than the ones that came with the shoes.

Lites® Black High Gloss
Lites® Black High Gloss Posted: 12/31/14
Reviewer: from Louisiana
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are good for someone with a wide foot. They are classic looking formal footwear. My husband said his feet ached after a few hours but he did not break them in first. This is just the nature of patent leather.

Code 6 - 4
Code 6 - 4" Posted: 12/13/14
Reviewer: Jessie from Massachusetts
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

After 3 weeks the heel came unglued and an eyelet broke. I was very disappointed in this boot. I returned it to Zappos and was very happy with Zappos.

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5" Tactical Sport Posted: 11/25/14
Reviewer: Alex Rios from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These boots really surprised me. I had been spending almost double on a similar type boots that didn't last past 6 months of daily use. Always wearing unevenly, I am a large man, 420lbs. This boot has taken all of it. They have lasted a year but for me that is Amazing life...and they are still comfortable for all daily use. But they are looking a bit rough. So I am ordering my new pair today.

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8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted: 11/23/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Just the best boots I have ever had. I had a pair when I was in the US Navy, and they lasted the longest. Now as a civilian I have had them last 5+ years! Nothing else really seems to come close, I have no idea why these boots are so hard to find in major retail stores (I'm looking at you, department stores. jerks.)

GX-4 GORE-TEX®
GX-4 GORE-TEX® Posted: 11/20/14
Reviewer: from Chicago
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Mine are 3 years old. Were great for cold Bears games for two years. And they handled snow and ice great! Felt confident when walking around on the street or sidewalks. Overall I'm happy with them. But this season they didn't keep my feet warm during the games even with foot warmer packs so they got to go.

Velocitor Waterproof Zip
Velocitor Waterproof Zip Posted: 11/14/14
Reviewer: Neal S. from Chicago, IL
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Beware - these boots are not marked "4E" on the boot or on the box it comes in. They are only labeled "EW," as in "extra-wide." To me, it felt like a 2E at most; I could jam my feet in with a shoehorn, but I would never wear them like that. These should not be cross-categorized as "4E," in my opinion.

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot Posted: 11/8/14
Reviewer: from Denver
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great boots. I'm on my second pair. They last a long time, stay warm for the winter and cool for the summer. I am an officer in Colorado and have traded in my Danners for these boots. Easy on zipper works well and my feet are very comfortable. I can last on my feet all day on the pavement. I highly reccomend these boots.

Velocitor Waterproof Zip
Velocitor Waterproof Zip Posted: 11/3/14
Reviewer: Michael Breen from Boston
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Bought these boots for work. Usually have them on for 14 hours or more. They are the most comfortable boots I've owned in 13 years as a firefighter. Highly recommend these boots.

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8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted: 10/27/14
Reviewer: Aj from Cincinnati
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Perfect in every way. I am a landscaper and very few boots cut the mustard. These do. The tread is burly. I could walk up the side of a wall, if I wanted to. The zipper is sweet at the end of the day. Zip, zip and you're out of 'em.

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5" Tactical Sport Posted: 10/24/14
Reviewer: John M. from Holly, Michigan
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are very comfortable. I am on my feet 10 hours a day and these are some of the best boots I have ever owned. This is my second pair,First pair lasted two years in a shop environment. Buy these! And buy them from Zappos, they are outstanding.

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