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5
5" Tactical Sport Posted: 4/18/14
Reviewer: from Houston
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

When SFC discontinued my preferred style for the second time, it was time to move on. I searched for days, found these and just took a chance. As a mechanic, I need a soft toe that's really comfortable and this is it. Great fit and the heel is easy to clean. The only negative would be that the lace needs to be remove from the "hook" at the top every time they are removed. I'm willing to spend the extra ten seconds a day though. I will buy a spare pair just in case these are discontinued.

GX-4 GORE-TEX®
GX-4 GORE-TEX® Posted: 4/5/14
Reviewer: Bill from Moraga
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great shoe for rainy days. I wear it working at UPS. After time the shoes do begin to retain moisture so drying it out each night is important. I'll probably order another new pair when this pair lose their sole. Had them 4 months and they still look new.

GX-4 GORE-TEX®
GX-4 GORE-TEX® Posted: 4/5/14
Reviewer: Bill from Moraga
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great shoe for rainy days. I wear it working at UPS. After time the shoes do begin to retain moisture so drying it out each night is important. I'll probably order another new pair when this pair lose their sole.

8
8" Tactical Sport Side Zip Posted: 4/3/14
Reviewer: from Evanston IL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Four time purchaser of this shoe. Great high ankle support. Lightweight for such a shoe. Hopefully they will still be around for our future fifth purchase. My husband wears them every day. He wears 10 W.

High Gloss Uniform Oxford
High Gloss Uniform Oxford Posted: 3/27/14
Reviewer: David Passwaiter from Florida now
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My last pair lasted me 8 years before the sole fell apart. The most comfortable shoes I have ever had.

8
8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted: 3/24/14
Reviewer: Kazoo from NYC
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

So, these boots are great to wear, fit well and break in pretty easy. BE WARNED, THEY DO NOT HOLD UP WORTH A CRAP! The sole has separated from the boot on 3 pairs already in under 6 months a piece... I really wish ZAPPOS.COM would invest in some quality manufacturers! Full in of Danner, 5.11 and other quality companies... Good luck folks, I am currently trying out the 8" Magnum Side Zips as a replacement to this boot...

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted: 3/22/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm a paramedic and I wear these shoes forty plus hours a week. I'm on my second pair and they are simply the best. They're light, comfortable and durable. I've tried a few other brands but these win.

Delta-6 Gore-Tex® Side Zip
Delta-6 Gore-Tex® Side Zip Posted: 3/19/14
Reviewer: from eastern long Island
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Really disappointed with these boots. Did not fit well, felt a half size bigger and much too wide, not good arch support at all. Good build quality and construction but side zip is useless. Wish I could return them but I had to wear them already. It's the only way to tell if they fit. Way too expensive and now I have to buy another pair of boots. Will not be getting Bates.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 3/16/14
Reviewer: Midwestfan from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These feature great looking construction, they slip on easily with side zip and laces do not need any time consuming fine-tuning after they are on my feet. They are very comfortable walking running, jumping all around the various surfaces in my house, including concrete, as well as vigorous lower limb exercises on my Total Gym and walking about three miles per hour uphill on my treadmill, and wearing them for hours around the house with various medium thickness Timberland socks and thicker wool socks. I even fell asleep with them on for a few hours while watching TV and they did not wake me up due to forefoot/toe box area pain like some of the Irish Setters and wrong sizes of Timberland Pros did. Now, I just need to see how they hold up after several weeks. I just wish they had a 30 day guarantee/no hassle, no questions-asked return option like Timberland, or better, a 60 day one, like Magnum!

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8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted: 3/16/14
Reviewer: Midwest fan from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I had to return these, due to poor arch support for me, and I could not get the right fit between 8M (slightly too tight) and 8W (too loose, especially in the heel), despite 8 being the correct length, so no point in my trying out 8½M - though I am sure that Zappos would cheerfully send them on for me too try. I am going to skip that, because Timberland Pro Helix 8" size 8W fit me perfectly and Timberland's anti-fatigue system is really comfortable, especially noticeably so after walking about 10 minutes on the treadmill to keep the soles nice and clean for the next Zappos customer! I also recommend that you run up and down your carpeted stairs as well as walking running and jumping around to be sure the size that you are trying is not too wide. That and standing on the edge of the stairs with my foot half off the front of the step pointed downstairs is how I more quickly realized when my feet were sliding forward in the boots that are too wide for my feet, though among the dozen or so boots that I tried, this fact did not come to light with several of them until I stress-tested them - this pearl may be the difference maker for your size selection too. Thanks, Zappos, for the free round trip shipping that takes all the risk out of getting the best fit. I found 8M in some Timberland Pros with safety toes (8" Ringmatster 95553and insulated 8" Helix in brown91607) to fit great, but I needed 8W in other Timberland Pros (8" Helix black, 87568, which is only available uninsulated, and 8" McClelland desert tan, 90647) as well as Bates GX8 safety toe side zipper EO 2766 and Chippewa 8" Bay Apache style 55168 - and I always had simply worn 8M for decades. Guys, it is different now! Order up a selection and take a few days, even a week or so to decide what is best for you. If they are comfortable enough for you to fall asleep in watching TV as well as walking, running, jumping all over the various floor surfaces in your house and including garage/basement for testing on concrete, and walking uphill fast on treadmill if you can, then you should be good to go. Wear them for 30 minutes at least, because you may get a surprisingly different impression (bad) compared to the initial feel, like I did with several types of Irish Setters (disappointing, as they were extremely well crafted boots). If they wake you up during that unscheduled nap in front of the TV because of forefoot pain, maybe you have small bunions like I do that make assessing toe room a tricky somewhat lengthier decision. You can't beat Zappos for wide selection, Zippy free shipping and free returns to boot!

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot Posted: 3/14/14
Reviewer: from New Jersey
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Felt a bit tight when my husband first tried them on, which is why I rated them as "feeling narrower than marked". But...after just a few minutes walking in them, they felt so comfortable he knew he'd keep them instantly. DH uses orthotics, so can't comment on arch support. Used primarily for snowshoeing. They're typical GTX near-100% waterproof, lightweight (despite 'heavy,clunky' appearance). DH takes 12Xwide and size was right on. Side zip makes boot feel extra secure, too.

High Gloss Uniform Oxford
High Gloss Uniform Oxford Posted: 3/11/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I believe the pair of shoes I received may have been defective. The tongue on each shoe was to long and it would dig into the front of my ankle. Also, the soles of shoes were not flat and seemed to be rounded and off balanced.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 2/28/14
Reviewer: from Farmville, Virginia
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I need work boots for working in the woods around my house, not only to protect myself as I cut down trees but also to guard against snake bites (copperheads). These boots are well made and reasonably comfortable. Not heavily padded but I expect them to soften up as they get broken in. One feature I like is the side zipper that makes them easy to take on and off once you get the laces adjusted correctly.

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot Posted: 2/25/14
Reviewer: from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Overall, I was very pleased with these boots. Durable, great for long shifts, and easy to get on and off quickly. The only negative is that they do seem to run a bit narrow!

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted: 2/18/14
Reviewer: Alex Rios from Corpus Christi
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I like these shoes. i have purchased many shoes and these are really for the price.. maybe not as comfortable as timberland pro but the do seem more durable. i am a really big guy and these shoes seem to be holding up really well. i would recommend them to anybody.

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted: 2/14/14
Reviewer: Frank Iannantuono from Tiffin, Ohio
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are the best boots I've ever worn. Very light-weight, comfortable, and thanks to the thinsulite insulation, very warm in our cold winter. No break in period needed, they're comfortable right out of the box. As a retired cop, this is the second pair of Bates boots I've bought, the first lasted me more than 8 years of on-duty wear, and I still wear that pair as my "working in the garage" boots. This new pair is my good pair now. Bates shoes and boots are by far the best I've ever worn, and over thirty years I've worn a lot of different brands.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 2/12/14
Reviewer: Brian Britt from Mars
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

This boot was very sturdy but extremely stiff and uncomfortable. Also, the zipper allowed the boot to be removed easily but not put back on. Laces needed to be untied again which defeats the zipper concept.

Ultra-Lites
Ultra-Lites Posted: 2/8/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love Bates. This is my 3rd pair. This is my 2nd pair of Ultra-Lites and they are awesome. I wear mine every day and do a lot of walking and light running with no problems. I also wear my 8" tactile but like the lighter ones more. Great for riding.

Zero Mass 8
Zero Mass 8" Posted: 2/2/14
Reviewer: Warren Riedlinger from Cherokee Village,Arkansas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought from Zappos before so I had complete confidence in them. The first pair was too narrow and it was easy to get a replacement with a phone call and I never had to pay shipping either way. I was surprised at how quick I received my boots.

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8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted: 1/27/14
Reviewer: Nicole Torres from Small Village, Wa
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I ordered these as a Christmas gift for my husband. He started wearing them in January. They started to rip on outside literally the first day. Just eight days of wearing them the inside is now shredding and cutting into his heel. This is the most expensive boots I have ever purchased, now he can't even wear them. Zappos, please let us exchange them.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 1/25/14
Reviewer: Matt Kestenbaum from Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are amazing boots! I Have been wearing them 5-6 days a week for a month, in and out of a woodworking shop, clambering around lumber yards and driving. They have exceeded every expectation. They were quick to break-in, supportive, light-weight, the lacing is quick and it cinches easily. This has been a tough winter in the North East US and they have kept my feet warm, but are also breathable for all day indoor wear. The suede leather has stayed shockingly clean and seems to repel dirt and dust. They run just a bit large, but generally true to width (and I have trouble finding the right fit for my wide feet). I have no trouble inserting prescription orthotics. I am considering buying a second pair to switch off with this pair.

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