Men's Bates Lites Black High Gloss Oxford

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Lightweight. Cushioned. High-Gloss.


Lightweight high gloss oxford dress shoe featuring a non marking Bates Lites outsole.

  • High gloss (Corfam) upper
  • Breathable lining
  • Cushioned removable insert
  • Non marking Bates Lites outsole
  • Goodyear welt construction
  • Made in the USA
  • Improved PU outsole to prevent sole breakdown

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Men's High Gloss Oxford

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  • High Gloss Upper
  • Vibram® Outsole

Men's Bates Lites Black Leather Oxford

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  • Leather Upper
  • Bates Lites® Outsole

Goodyear Welt Construction (View all products with this technology)

The upper and insole are chain stitched to a leather strip (the welt) which is then stitched to the outsole.

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By IdahoNels

Most Helpful Positive Review

Bates Has My Back (or, From Defeat to Victory - no pun intended) - Bates Lites High Gloss Oxfords
Great product - Here's the whole story: I owned a pair of Bates Lites High Gloss oxfords for about ten years, which I wore infrequently for formal occasions, averaging perhaps 2-5 times per year. Disappointingly, both heels crumbled to nothing on the final wearing. How physically awkward and, to some degree, embarrassing this was! In all other respects, the shoes seemed fine. The uppers maintained their mirror gloss, the welt construction remained solid, the shoes wore wonderfully, and they they were extremely comfortable. With little hope, I went to the Bates website to determine if I could get some help solving my problem. Imagine my surprise when I saw at the Bates website many comments from customers who had experienced similar or identical problems to mine! And in each case, the Bates customer service folks included a note to the effect of, “We are sorry to learn of your problem. Someone from Bates will be in contact with you soon to see how we can be of assistance.” Although this gave some encouragement, I was not very optimistic when I called Bates on the phone and spoke to a customer service rep to express my own disappointment regarding the shoes’ failure. Again, imagine my surprise – and delight – when the Bates customer service rep immediately offered to make good the failure with a replacement pair of shoes! The dialog continued briefly through e-mail and snail-mail, as more detailed information was provided. Within no more than a couple of weeks, an exact replacement pair of shoes was delivered to my doorstep! Thank you, Bates, for an excellent pair of high-gloss formal wear shoes, and moreover, for your outstanding – even “beyond-the-call-of-duty” – customer service and satisfaction activities. I am most appreciative to you. I will happily continue wearing these Bates shoes on many, many more formal occasions, and will continue to recommend your name and footwear products to my friends.

Bates' Reply:
Thanks so much for the great review of our products and our team here. We are happy the replacement process was easy for you and we hope you enjoy this new pair!

Product Size Rating: Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?: Formal Occasions, On-Stage Performances

3 of 4 people found this review to be helpful.

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Most Helpful Critical Review

No Sole
I just returned from a wedding where I had the unfortunate experience to have my pair of Bates Lites explode! Just after following the groom and bride down the aisle, I thought some pieces of confetti had stuck to my left heel. Not the case. The left heel disintegrated and left a trail all the way to the reception. It made an eerie contrast on the rice covered floor. I've had these shoes for a few years now and can count how many times I've worn them on one hand. They were stored in the box they came in, wrapped in the wax paper and I still have the little bags of silica that have kept them dry. I have shoes in the closet that are five times as old and treated 100 times harder and still in wearable condition. If there was an improvement made in the soles of the Bates Lites, I might consider purchasing another pair. They were comfortable and lite, but durable they were not.

Bates' Reply:
Your review is very important to us, thank you. We are so sorry for the discomfort you have experienced. We will forward this information on to our teams and be in contact with you shortly to see if we can help.

Product Size Rating: Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?: special events

5 of 5 people found this review to be helpful.

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By Anonymous

I bought my first pair Corfam back in 1992. They lasted up to this summer when the heel fell off during a Memorial Day Parade. I have to admit that I have been please with the craftsmanship and I most definitely received my moneys worth.

Product Size Rating: Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?: Military Functions

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