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5
5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from NY
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Comfortable shoes but for a woman they were a little big, Im usually a size 7 but these felt like a 7.5

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great boot! I’m a UPS driver so I’m on my feet working 10-14 hours per day and they feel great.

Freedom
Freedom Posted:
Reviewer: from Nixa
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Expected better quality for the price. The stitching is uneven. I have submitted a photo for verification. The boots are a nice summer riding boot just way overpriced for the quality you get.

Charge-6
Charge-6 Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Although there is no arch support they are good for being on your feet all day and pretty comfortable.

Charge-6
Charge-6 Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Wide enough for a true 12ee. Look decent, lightweight.

8
8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from Bolingbrook, Illinois
Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Originally, I ordered the 5" Bates Tactical Sport since I need a hard toe for work based on a recommendation. I received them quickly, tried them on and found them too big for my 12D foot. I ordered the 8" version and returned the 5" thinking with the added lacing I could cinch them in tighter. I don't know what I was thinking. They are still about 1/2 size too loose and I cannot get them on and off without loosening the laces. I'm in my third day of break in and wondering if they will ever get comfortable. Zappos is unsurpassed in their service, but I'm having a hard time with my purchase. I'm thinking I may have passed the ability to return these. Not happy with the Bates fit at all, but will continue my business with Zappos.

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This boot took about a day to break in and are tough as nails. I'm on rooftops and in muddy places and these boots perform excellently. Feet stay warm and dry. Highly recommend.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe
GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Boots are a little lighter in color than what is shown in the picture(desert) not a big deal. The arch support not sure of, I take out all insoles and use the green super feet because I need all the support I can get. I bought these for stability of the ankle, and they are great! No more ankle pains. But the quality of the material doesn’t appear to be there.... after only 3 months of wearing at work (40 hour weeks) the inside part of the leather by the big toe split. A week or so later the other shoe did the same thing. I called Zappos and got a refund. I decided to reorder another pair because the comfort and look of them I really like, also maybe I just got a lemon. Haven’t worn the new ones yet, still tearing up the old ones. I will update when the new ones get worn.

High Gloss Durashocks® Oxford
High Gloss Durashocks® Oxford Posted:
Reviewer: from upstate new york
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Really liked the way these looked but found them unbearably uncomfortable, unfortunately. Gave them away.

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from New York
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I bought these boots for $120 on 5/3/14. I'm sure people want to know the current condition of them after this many years of use. I used them mainly for paintball, usually going through deep mud puddles. I play about one to twice a month for about 6 to 8 hours of various forest terrain. I am constantly crouching and ducking so the boot does bend often at the ankle. Unfortunately, this is the weak spot. I have attached a picture of where the boot literally rips at the seams. For 2 years 4 months of limited usage, I am slightly disappointed at the fact that my threads and just about everything about it is still great if only they had not cheapened their craftsmanship on it. Fit and comfort otherwise is amazing. I however; usually wear my shoes until the threads are worn down and this is probably my first and only pair of Bates that I will be purchasing.

5
5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from OH
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Felt true to size, the boot is lightweight for all day wear, and construction seems to be of good quality. The sole did not offer the padding that I was hoping for so I returned them and will try the Magnum brand next.

GX-4 GORE-TEX®
GX-4 GORE-TEX® Posted:
Reviewer: from Las Vegas, nv
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I've worn Bates for years now and have always bought the same size. These particular ones are a bit tight in the width, but getting better as I break them in. I'm hoping they continue to get more comfortable. Bates have always been a durable and comfortable shoe and I expect these to be no different.

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted:
Reviewer: from MN
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Super light weight. Comfortable for a 16 hour work day. The tread has held up well. Nice slip resistance in a commercial kitchen as well as on snow and ice.

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from Minnesota
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I ordered these boots along with the Danner Lookout EMS boot to compare for a new pair of boots for working as an EMT. Overall, the books look good and were extremely light-weight. Did not feel like I was wearing a boot at all--more like an athletic shoe. One complaint was the cut of the boot. I have a very wide foot (8EEE), and ordering these as an 8.5EE were too narrow for me. My only other complaint was the composite toe. Didn't seem as protective as other boots I've seen. Pros: Super light-weight Professional look Looks like they will take a polish well Comfortable right out of the box Cons: Narrow sizing Small toe-box Composite toe doesn't seem that sturdy. Also just covers the toe tips, not the full toes Nylon detailing looks less professional than a full-leather boot

GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip
GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from Cleveland, OH
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Love these boots. They keep my feet warm and dry, even in the nasty Cleveland weather that I work in. My last pair lasted almost 2 years. This pair I have had approximately 5 weeks and the left sole is detaching from the boot! Wth?!

Velocitor Waterproof Zip
Velocitor Waterproof Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from New Boston, Illinois
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Fits well. width is narrow.

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted:
Reviewer: from New Jersey
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Quality comfortable shoe that is very light weight. I wore them all day right out of the box with no problems. When I ordered them I didn't realize that there was a similar model with a side zipper which would have made them easier to put on and take off. Great shoe!

8
8" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from CA
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Not like the old Bates that I wore in the military. Bottom (shoe part) seems comfortable enough. Top ankle (boot part) is very uncomfortable, even for short periods. You feel each and every seam. I wear tall socks, but they still don't ease the discomfort. Would not recommend this particular boot, and would not buy again.

5
5" Tactical Sport Posted:
Reviewer: from Knoxville, TN
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

If you hate wearing boots but have to...congratulations, you are about to be amazed. I've been wearing boots for 21 years (for work) and these are my all time favorites. They are the closest thing to a sneaker without being a sneaker. Cool in the summer, lightweight and as comfortable as it gets. I do recommend ordering a half size smaller. 21 years as a machinist, 10 hours at a time. Trust me on these boots. Only bad thing is the insole isn't up to par with the rest of the boot. I found that to be the case with all boots though. You'll love them'em!

Ultra-Lites
Ultra-Lites Posted:
Reviewer: from Midwest
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I debated on several styles of this type of tactical boot. Ordered a 9 but needed a 8.5 for a true fit. These boots are very comfortable and give me lots of ankle and arch support. Good for concrete floors and standing on a ladder and they bend fine on steps. My knees and feet felt better immediately after wearing these but I didn't write a review for a few weeks in case it was a fluke. It wasn't, these are quality boots. Love the fitted design and the style doesn't look like military with regular blue jeans. One boot rubbed my leg by the zipper so I had to wear thicker socks. It's hard to find fitted boots with my high arches but I love these and will buy them again when they wear out. Love Zappos exchange policy, it was very easy. :)

5
5" Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Posted:
Reviewer: from Hillsdale, NY
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these boots. Right out of the box, they were comfortable and fit perfectly. They are surprisingly light and the zipper is a lifesaver. I recommend them without qualification.

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