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8
8" Durashocks® Lace-To-Toe Side Zip Posted: 1/28/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The boot itself was comfortable right out of the box save a little stiffness on the uppers. After two days of wearing them, they became quite wonderful. The only thing I personally would love to see changed is to see this as an all-leather boot. I am not a fan of the nylon panels on the sides. I must also note that the rubber treads are quite soft. I do not think they would hold up long on the non-skid covered metal decks I walked on for 12 hours a day as a US Navy sailor and offshore oil driller. That being said, however, they are perfectly fine for the civilian that works on land.

Delta 6
Delta 6" Side Zip Posted: 1/3/16
Reviewer: from Kauai
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great shoes right out of the box. I am a female EMT with wide feet. Men's work boots fit best and these are exactly right. Easy on, comfortable for long long shifts.

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8" Tactical Sport Side Zip Posted: 12/28/15
Reviewer: Linette from Colorado-Michigan
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My boyfriend has been wearing these boots for years and now my 15 year old son has started as well. They both love them. They have great support and are comfortable to wear all day!

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 12/27/15
Reviewer: Bob Carlson from South Jersey
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The only problem with these boots is that they look so good, I don't want to get them dirty! Good fit, good comfort, good looks, good price! And the zipper makes them extra easy to get on & off.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 12/17/15
Reviewer: Michael Beard from Lewisburg, WV
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My second pair of Bates boots, Bates, at the time did not have my width, Zappos did! They are very comfortable, side zip makes them very easy to get on and off, and they are very lightweight. They are good quality.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 12/15/15
Reviewer: Chris Randall from Lakewood, CO
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I would purchase these a half size smaller than you usually wear. The zipper function on the side is practical and helpful. I like the ankle support provided by their height. I wore these to shovel snow in 15 degree weather and they performed well.

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Posted: 12/12/15
Reviewer: bv from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I like these boots, I just have a lot of trouble putting them on. I think they should have put a loop in back to help you pull them up.

Code 6 - 6
Code 6 - 6" Side Zip Posted: 12/10/15
Reviewer: S.A. from Boston
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I just purchased my second pair of these boots. They fit me perfectly and I have worn my previous pair for about a year. I have no problems with the leather or mesh portion of the boot just a worn down sole. As long as Bates continues to make this model boot it will be my number one choice.

Velocitor Waterproof Zip
Velocitor Waterproof Zip Posted: 12/6/15
Reviewer: from Gresham, Oregon
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I don't know a lot about this boot because I purchased it for my son for Christmas. He was the one that did the research and picked it out.

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8" Tactical Sport Side Zip Posted: 12/3/15
Reviewer: D Charles Kingsolver from Turners Falls, Massachusetts
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These boots are f*cking killer! I've only had them for a few weeks now, but I love how they fit and feel. They are nice and light but still feel very sturdy, and the zippers make taking them off and putting them on quick and simple. I work as an EMT and these boots are perfect for my job. And so stylish too! The only thing I would note is that they seem to run a little large (possibly for wearing thick socks?). I usually wear a 12 for sneakers and the 11.5 boot fits well with even a tiny bit extra room at the toe. Zappos.com shipped fast and have a great return policy, 10/10 would buy again!

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot Posted: 12/1/15
Reviewer: Bill Gatliff from Central Illinois
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very durable, comfortable, and reasonably-priced boot. Quick to break in. The zipper makes the boot easier to get on and off, but you'll still want to use the laces as well because the padding inside will likely get torn over time otherwise. Also, I don't think the zipper has the strength to overcome lace tension without damage. I need high arch support, and these don't quite qualify by themselves. Fixable with inserts. Only complaint is that the heel box seems atypically deep, which can cause rubbing if I don't wear thick socks and lace tightly.

High Gloss Uniform Oxford
High Gloss Uniform Oxford Posted: 11/25/15
Reviewer: Sandra Regan from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Shoe was very stiff and wide. The Brutini shoes were much better. Rounded toe looks like adult baby shoes.

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8" Tactical Sport Side Zip Posted: 11/20/15
Reviewer: Rick H. from Arizona
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is the fifth pair of these light-weight, comfortable boots that I have bought since I started working on a job in a harsh desert environment. They break in quickly and keep my feet cooler than others I have tried. The only down side is that I do wear them out quickly, only lasting about 18 months, but I blame that on the extremely hard use that I give them. Overall, these are excellent boots, that I why I keep buying them.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 11/14/15
Reviewer: Dan Pierce from Woodstock, Illinois
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have not had a chance to wear these full time yet. I am trying to break them in while in the house. They are comfortable and seem to be well made.

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8" Tactical Sport Side Zip Posted: 10/22/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Cruel Shoes: I don't know what Bates did to these shoes but they just don't work for me anymore. I walk a lot and once a year I buy a pair of these exact shoes from Zappos. This year, I don't know what's different but they kill my ankles, right on the ankle bone. I thought that maybe I got a bum pair so I exchanged them and sure enough, same pain. I tried hobbling around to break them in and that didn't work. I'm going to try a different model of Bates boots, but if they have the same problem I'm afraid it's going to be goodbye to Bates forever.

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted: 10/18/15
Reviewer: from Montreal, Canada
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Best boots I have ever had. Perfect fit. I am IN LIVE with them! Ordering another pair.

6
6" Strike Side Zip Posted: 10/9/15
Reviewer: Donna Anzalone from NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great looking boots. However it is very misleading with it described as a 4E width. Extra wide maybe but definitely for extra wide feet. Too bad as they really are great boots.

Code 6 - 4
Code 6 - 4" Posted: 10/9/15
Reviewer: from Mission Viejo
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Wide fits well. I normally try to buy EE or 4E and these shoes have the room I need. They are also light weight and a pleasure to wear.

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6" Strike Side Zip Posted: 10/8/15
Reviewer: Jeff Morris from Indiana
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I ordered a 12 4E, the same size that I wear in every pair of boots and sneakers that I own. There is no way these are a 4E width. I could not put them on completely because they were so narrow.

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8" Strike Side Zip Posted: 9/16/15
Reviewer: from Saint Paul, MN
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I was pleasantly surprised how comfortable the boots were right out of the box. The first weekend I went right from box to heavy work, including long stretches of standing and several miles of walking on concrete. Feet felt great. Only downsides were a little narrow in the toe box (more my foot than the boot's fault), and one of the boots was rubbing the back of my ankle a bit which will likely get better with a bit more breaking in and some relacing. I would buy again!

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8" Tactical Sport Side Zip Posted: 9/10/15
Reviewer: Ralph Sweat from Cinti. Ohio
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very comfortable with little or no break in period. Took them out of the box and wore them to work the next day and after a long day of walking, I was tired but my feet were happy. Super light and durable. Great boot.

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