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GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Boot Posted: 5/23/15
Reviewer: Brandon from Simi Valley
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have had three pair of these now and I have no plans to change. They work great with my regular duty uniform and take a good shine, but I work graves, so I really don't care about the shine much! Neither do the drunks I am taking to jail! They also work great with my BDUs. The waterproofing make them perfect for the rain days, and they perform well in foot pursuits!

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted: 5/8/15
Reviewer: Tom Miller from Atlanta
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I gave them a low a overall rating because They aren't water proof all the way to the top of the boot. They are light and fit well except where the safety toe is. I do like the side zipper.

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5" Tactical Sport Posted: 5/1/15
Reviewer: from World traveller
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

This is my second pair, thought I had a great boot but the first pair sole separated from the shoe and Bates gave me the run around. Hope this pair is better than the first.

Code 6 - 6
Code 6 - 6" Side Zip Posted: 4/29/15
Reviewer: Silas Adams from Boston, ma
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I've had these boots for a few weeks now. Very comfortable and love the side zip feature. Only problem is they are now starting to squeak when I walk. Otherwise great boot!

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5" Tactical Sport Posted: 4/26/15
Reviewer: Mimi from MT
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these boots! I have tried many different styles and brands, and this is by far my favorite. I'm about to reorder my second pair since my first pair is finally ready for retirement after 2.5 years. I work full time in rural EMS, so we hike to patients, climb in wrecked cars, wade through streams, an are on our hands and knees working codes in all kinds of conditions. These boots have never failed me, they're still 100% waterproof with no sole separation. I wear a women's size 9W, so the men's 7.5 medium width fit great. Can't wait to get my second pair!

Lites® Black High Gloss
Lites® Black High Gloss Posted: 4/20/15
Reviewer: from Central Arkansas, Little Rock Metro
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The shoes are comfortable and true to size. They look great. I sing in a men's chorus and we have to dress for concerts in black suit and bow tie. These shoes complete the wardrobe and they are comfortable for standing long periods of time.

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.)

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