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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Latest Bates Footwear Reviews

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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Shock 8” Side Zip

Shock 8” Side Zip

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

Felt good once able to get on.

on December 04, 2018

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Cobra 8" HW

Cobra 8" HW

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

These boots felt like comfortable fitting running shoes, right out of the box. Unfortunately, the boot lace eyes came off immediately. I would recommend it for comfort and ankle support in a light weight boot. The foot bed feels soft, and the sole tread is outstanding.

from Beat Navy on December 02, 2018

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Delta 6" Side Zip

Delta 6" Side Zip

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

Feel great! True to my regular shoe size, very comfortable. Side zip is really convenient. Traction is superb, will be great in ice and snow. I have not experimented with the heel adjustment but they feel great out of the box.

from Martinez on November 27, 2018

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Delta 8" Side Zip

Delta 8" Side Zip

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

I needed a size 8 with medium width but only the 8 1/2 in ee width was available. I hoped I could get away with the larger size but it was just too big. I did request to be notified if my size came in. This is the exact style of boot I have have had for over 6 years and I haven't been able to find it.

on November 20, 2018

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5" Tactical Sport

5" Tactical Sport

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

Great boot! I am online buying a 2nd pair. They lasted 3 TIMES longer than any other work boot I have purchased in the past and they are much more comfortable. Great ankle support too.

on November 15, 2018

Chelsea Composite Toe

Chelsea Composite Toe

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

Stitching starting to fail at less than a year.

on November 14, 2018

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Velocitor Waterproof Zip

Velocitor Waterproof Zip

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

Only been two days but they are the best boot I have ever owned wore them for 8 hours the day I received them while I was out Christmas shopping and running errands to break them in no break in required will update in a month

on November 12, 2018

6" Strike Side Zip

6" Strike Side Zip

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

Came in time for the Halloween dress up.

from Staten Island New York on November 08, 2018

8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

Not happy with these Bates boots. I ordered a 1/2 size larger, due them being a safety toe boot. Too big and loose, so I returned for my regular size. Still too big by a half size. I tried to make them work, bigger socks, no such luck. They're still to uncomfortable to wear. It's back to my old worn in shoes I was wearing before these. These are sitting in my closet collecting dusk, too late to return.

from Atlanta, ga on November 05, 2018

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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

They fit perfect, the size was perfect. The material is nice and smooth, the leather on the boot seems to be great quality also. I’m very satisfied with my boots. I recommend all that’s on they feet to get these you won’t be unhappy . I PROMISE :) Enjoy!!!

from Bronx on October 25, 2018

8" Tactical Sport Side Zip

8" Tactical Sport Side Zip

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

Great for motorcycles

on October 24, 2018

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Seige 8 Waterproof Side Zip

Seige 8 Waterproof Side Zip

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

I've been buying boots for almost 60 years and I can say these are the most UNCOMFORTABLE pair I've ever had. I'm even including 6 years of army issue. I've been trying to break them in for the last couple days and now I can barely walk. I wish I could return them. My feet are blistered on the heels, tops of the toes, and my ankle where the flap under the zipper folds. They seem well made and fit great but they really hurt my feet.

from Palmyra on October 19, 2018

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GX-4 GORE-TEX®

GX-4 GORE-TEX®

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

I'm a UPS driver and quality footwear is a requirement. I jump on and off the truck 200 times a day and most often am carrying heavy packages. These boots are great. My feet feel supported by an excellent side structure and arch. The tread is solid and grippy but the boots are surprisingly light. The toe box is a little roomy but I haven't felt it's an issue. Haven't had to deal with inclement weather yet but the GoreTex will address what's ahead. My one complaint is that they are hard to get on. The other boots I tried all pulled on easily but these take some work. They feel so great on, however, it's been totally worth it. They look like work boots so not winning any glamour contests but they have a bad-ass aesthetic that I'm into. Winners in the work boot world.

from new mexico on October 14, 2018

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8" Tactical Sport Side Zip

8" Tactical Sport Side Zip

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

We have had this boot before. Bought at sports store. The didn't have the style or size we liked. Zappos had the fit perfect. Will continue to shop here. Exactly what we were looking for.

on October 12, 2018

High Gloss Durashocks Oxford

High Gloss Durashocks Oxford

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

Fit was true to size. Comfort exceeded my expectations. Had to buy high gloss dress shoes for Fire Dept. Dress Uniform. These ended up being perfect!

from Texas on September 17, 2018

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Delta 6" Side Zip

Delta 6" Side Zip

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

runs a bit narrow, ordered a wide width but still a bit too tight.

on September 10, 2018

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GX-4 GORE-TEX®

GX-4 GORE-TEX®

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

I bought these for an upcoming winter trip to Venice where it will be cold and wet. Glad I got them now because there is some breaking in. I wanted something lighter than hiking boots but still waterproof and with tread. There is some stiffness around my ankles but it's working its way out. I LOVE these shoes. Yes I look like I'm in law enforcement, but when it's flooding in Venice I'll be happy I have them. I've been wearing them on morning walks and even though I have problem feet (plantar fasciitis, bone spurs) they have been comfortable. The toe box is nice and roomy, and, at the same time, my narrow heels are not flapping around. Very good fit for me. I think this style might be almost discontinued but I will look for this brand again. The comfort will be 5 stars as soon as they are fully broken in.

on August 14, 2018

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