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

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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Charge-6 Comp Toe

Charge-6 Comp Toe

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

Very light and comfortable. Not wide enough for my foot

on September 02, 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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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

Purchased for my husband for work. These shoes meet his high standards for a boot that remains comfortable during twelve or more hour work days.

on July 14, 2018

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5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

The shoe itself is very comfortable, lightweight and true to size so nice to find size EE! The upper has a break in period each time that I wear the shoes I can wear them longer but the first day after 4 hours I had to change back into other S/shoes. The upper was chaffing the skin around my ankle the next break in period I was able to finish my eight hour shift but was definitely ready to take them off. The third wearing I did my eight hours plus four over but again was anxious to get them off. There are very few shoes that are perfect for me but since these are EE wide I'll do my best to endure the break in period that is about over. Also I had to skip a day between each break in period which is pretty common for me.

from Detroit MI on June 25, 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

My son LOVES these boots and wears them for work and play! They support his aching feet and keep them dry and warm Our only issue was that his silly Mom bought the low cut style (he prefers the higher cut one) as he finally blew out the zipper EVEN though the strap made them still wearable! Great durable BUY!!!!

on June 10, 2018

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5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

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

I am very happy with my new Bates work boots. They are actually lighter than expected, and comfortable.

on June 04, 2018

Charge

Charge

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

Surprisingly light weight, and the sole is nicely cushioned — like a high-top athletic shoe. The toe area is roomy. Side zipper works smoothly and makes it easy to slip the boot on and off.

on June 01, 2018

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Charge

Charge

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

Surprisingly light weight, and the sole is nicely cushioned— similar to a high-top athletic shoe. The side zipper works smoothly and makes it easy to slip the boot on and off.

on June 01, 2018

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Velocitor FX

Velocitor FX

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

this was to be a wider fit for me but instead these shoes are extremely narrow , they are labeled extra wide but not even a normal width.

on May 30, 2018

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Charge Comp Toe Side Zip

Charge Comp Toe Side Zip

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

The best safely toes that I have ever wore.

on May 16, 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

I love these boots straight from the box. I have worn them for a week, 16 hours a day and my feet do not hurt! The toe box is a little big but that is a good thing because I have to kneel down periodically and they don't squeeze my toes.

on May 05, 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

I truly love this model. The boots wear well and guard my truly awful feet. I'm on my feet at work anywhere up to 19 hours at a time working on Movie and TV sets in studio and on location. The Velocitor Boot has helped me get through so many long days by cushioning my walk and helping me avoid problems that so many co-workers endure.

on April 13, 2018

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5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip

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

Really, really wide. I wear tactical boots to work every day. Mainly Bates with the side zip. I tried this model after many great reviews. It's much wider than average and does not cushion impact like other models from Bates. I'm relegating them for yard and garden work. Even with orthotics in them and laced down as tightly as they would go the boots are painfully loose.

on April 13, 2018

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