Posted On Wednesday, October 02, 2013
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Posted On Monday, September 30, 2013
WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE APPLAUDS FEDERAL LEGISLATION THAT STRENGTHENS U.S. FOOTWEAR MANUFACTURING
Armed Services Committees Direct Department of Defense to Comply with Existing Law by Procuring American-made Athletic Footwear
Rockford, Michigan, September 30, 2013 — Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE: WWW) today praised the House Armed Services Committee’s proposed legislation directing the Department of Defense to comply with existing law by procuring American-made athletic shoes for Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine recruits. The Senate Armed Services Committee has passed similar legislation that, if signed into law, will have an immediate positive impact on domestic manufacturers of footwear and the U.S. supply chain for American-made shoes.
The domestic footwear industry has a long and rich heritage of designing and producing a broad range of quality footwear for the Armed Services. Committing to the domestic production of athletic footwear for our military is a natural progression for U.S. footwear companies and will ensure a future of affordable, high quality athletic shoes for our men and women in uniform. This legislation helps support the domestic industrial base and thousands of manufacturing jobs that provide the necessary equipment for our troops, all with no additional cost to the taxpayer. It strengthens the ability of industry to provide the full spectrum of footwear needs of the Armed Services, from combat boots to athletic shoes.
“I commend the Armed Services Committees for this thoughtful legislation that will have a direct, positive impact on our manufacturing operations in Michigan,” said Blake Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide Chief Executive Officer. “Our company has been manufacturing in the United States for more than 130 years – building state-of-the-art footwear in the U.S. is a part of our heritage. We know that our world-class domestic manufacturing operations are capable of producing advanced athletic footwear that will support the training needs for all service branches. Our Saucony, Merrell and Bates brands will be at the forefront of this effort and we will continue to invest in our domestic operations to enhance the ability to deliver innovative products to our customers.”
With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide, Inc. is one of the world’s leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport, athletic, children’s and uniform footwear and apparel. The Company’s portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Merrell®, Sperry Top-Sider®, Hush Puppies®, Saucony®, Wolverine®, Keds®, Stride Rite®, Sebago®, Cushe®, Chaco®, Bates®, HYTEST®, and Soft Style®. The Company also is the global footwear licensee of popular brands including Cat®, Harley-Davidson® and Patagonia®. The Company’s products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in approximately 200 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit our website, www.wolverineworldwide.com.
Posted On Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The boot that is.
Onlineshoes.com teamed up with some pretty fabulous bloggers and they gave the women's Tahoe boot from our Bates Riding Collection a spin.
Underneath the sleek waterproof leather exterior is a cushioned sock lining and YKK locking inside zipper to make them a breeze to get on. With a heel hight of 2" and a Vibram sole, you can take the Tahoe boots anywhere your journey leads you - even to Tahoe!
Check out what these bloggers are pairing their boots with!
WOMEN'S TAHOE BOOT | STYLE E47100
Posted On Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Five veterans visited Grand Rapids for a week in May to design and manufacture their ArtPrize® entry as part of the local nonprofit, Fashion Has Heart. The project named HERO[series], pairs a Hero with an Artist. Together, the two parties collaborate in order to share that hero’s story through the medium of art and design. Each veteran was paired with artists and designers to create two pairs of Bates boots - one for themselves and another to be included in ArtPrize® in September 2013. The veterans returned to Grand Rapids unveiled their ArtPrize® entry, “HERO[series],” on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The entry can be found at the Fashion Has Heart venue, 144 E. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI. Voting begins September 18, 2013.
Meet this year's five veterans and see the stories unveiled through design in their Bates boots that will inspire you.
Emergency medical technician, public school teacher, college professor and Bronze Star recipient are just some of the titles that could be used to describe Colonel Kathryn Champion. At one point, Katherine was responsible for creating the infrastructure in the education, medical and transportation fields in western Baghdad.
Katherine was medically discharged due to military-related injuries after serving for 27 years. She suffers from multiple sclerosis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in addition to varying blindness in both of her eyes. Upon her discharge in 2006, after serving her country for almost three decades, Champion hit a rough patch and had nowhere to turn to for help. She admits to sleeping on a bench in the City of Gulfport's Veteran Memorial Park for a time.
All of these obstacles proved to be no match for Katherine's resilience and desire to help others. She is currently spearheading an effort to help other struggling veterans that find themselves in situations similar to hers.
If you talk to Chris Stephenson about his time in the Marines, you can feel a sense of passion and pride when it comes to his time serving our country. While his time in the military was short, it's something that he looks back on fondly and has changed his life forever.
While providing security for a supply convoy for military bases in Iraq, Stephenson was severely injured by an IED, bringing his career in the military to an end. Like many other soldiers returning from conflict, Stephenson suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He found that one of the biggest challenges he faced after coming home was learning to blend back into everyday life.
While his battle with PTSD is still ongoing, he finds time to enjoy the simple things, like barbecuing and being with his family. His family has even started the tradition of turning their home into a haunted house once a year!
David Nicholson is a perfect example of a person that has dedicated their life to service of their country. Nicholson comes from a long line of military members and is proud of his three sons that are also members of the military. Enlisting into the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 opened his eyes when it came to what he wanted to do with his life. After serving twelve years in the Navy, he went on to apply his skills as an aircraft mechanic for various corporate airlines, and eventually became a private contractor in support of military personnel in Afghanistan.
While stationed in Afghanistan, Nicholson’s base came under attack. The result of the attack was the loss of most of his team members, as well as the loss of his legs.
Now a bi-lateral amputee, Nicholson has dedicated his life to informing the younger generation of the sacrifices that are made every day to ensure their safety and freedom.
Captain James Van Thach exemplifies a person whole heartedly dedicated to serving his country. In addition to receiving both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, the Bellerose, Queens native is the first Vietnamese- American to become an advisor to the New Iraqi Army.
Unfortunately, Thach was forced to retire after he was injured in an attack in which a rocket exploded less than 20 meters from where he was standing. In addition to the injuries he sustained while serving his country, Thach was also forced to deal with the challenges associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Since sustaining his injuries, Thach has begun to focus his energy on advocacy. Liz is the name of his service canine, a companion that changed his life for the better. Thach advocates the use of service canines and is supporter and spokesperson for Canine Companions Wounded Veterans Initiative, informing other veterans on the ways service canines can improve their lives.
Traveling, meeting new people and helping people in need are aspects of Zuleika Cruz’s time in the military that she holds close to her heart. Originally motivated by the attack on America on September 11th, Cruz enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 18. Cruz was first deployed for 4 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. In all, Zuleika was deployed to Iraq a total of three times.
During her third deployment to Iraq, Zuleika was accidently crushed and severely injured in a warehouse when a 75 lb. box fell on her. The impact of the resulting fall left Cruz with a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury(mTBI). That, combined with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has given Zuleika a long road to recovery.
Connecting with other wounded veterans, and training for her first entry into The Warrior Games are just a couple of ways Zuleika is learning to cope with her injuries.
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[Fashion Has Heart] is a non-partisan, non-profit organization established to utilize the powerful mediums of art, design, and fashion to support and benefit the wounded heroes who have sacrificed for the American freedoms to express oneself and create. Learn more at fashionhasheart.org.
Posted On Tuesday, September 10, 2013
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Boots and T-shirts designed by the hands of five wounded veterans from around the country are now on display for ArtPrize.
The veterans were in Grand Rapids for a week in May to design and manufacture their ArtPrize entry as part of the local nonprofit, Fashion Has Heart. At that time, each veteran was paired with artists and designers to begin working on their T-shirts as part of the entry. They also made two pairs of Bates boots - one for themselves and another to be included in ArtPrize - at Wolverine Worldwide’s GRid70 location in downtown Grand Rapids.
The veterans returned to Grand Rapids this week and unveiled their ArtPrize entry, “Heroes Series,” on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The entry can be found at the Fashion Has Heart venue, 144 E. Fulton St.
“It was a really neat experience and they’re very excited to be back here,” said Michael Hyacinthe, CEO and founder of Fashion Has Heart. “It’s been a very therapeutic process for them – being able to communicate and express their thoughts and ideas.”
Hyacinthe established Fashion Has Heart in order to help military personnel re-integrate into society after fighting in combat.
On the morning of the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the group had breakfast with local benefactors, including Wolverine Worldwide and Habitat for Humanity, and said a prayer honoring those who died on that tragic day.
One of the group’s veterans, U.S. Army Capt. James Van Thach, said working with the Grand Rapids organization has been a positive experience for him, allowing him to create an artful representation of his service days in Baghdad.
“I am very humbled and honored to be selected by Fashion Has Heart to participate in this event to unveil my design on 9/11,” the 37-year-old New York City veteran said. “I know in my heart that the war wounds I live by and have to take 21 pills a day to survive makes my day easier despite the daily pain I go through to keep moving forward by sacrificing and will persevere to be an assets to our country.”
Van Thach suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after the Humvee he was riding in exploded from an improvised explosive device buried underground in June 2006.
In February 2007, Van Thach was working at an Iraqi army base when three rockets attacked the base, one landing 20 meters from Van Thach. The blast shot the serviceman into the air, and then threw him to the ground, he said. That incident left Van Thach with significant injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, optic nerve damage in his left eye, neck and spine injuries and sciatic nerve damage in his legs. He was awarded a Purple Heart.
While he retired from the U.S. Army in 2009, Van Thach returned to Afghanistan in March 2013 to bring anti-suicidal awareness to troops overseas.
“One veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes – that’s 22 veterans a day,” Van Thach said. “I want to bring more awareness to Grand Rapids and to Fashion Has Heart – that it can bring healing to veterans and give them another day, another month, another year and many more years in life – and that suicide is not an option.”
Van Thach designed a pair of boots with words signifying his passion for suicidal prevention among military service men and women. The boots also feature a black and white picture of Van Thach walking with his cane as troops clap beside him.
Van Thach, a graduate of Touro Law in New York, designed his T-shirt featuring an image of a blended Lady Justice and Lady Liberty representing Van Thach’s home state and legal roots. The crowned and blindfolded woman stands inside a circle balancing a scale in one hand and holding a curved Army sword in another to signify Van Thach's officer ranking. An American flag fills in the circle’s background, while roman numerals memorializing the year he entered the Army, 1994, and the year he returned, 2013, are etched on the sides.
The words “The Law of Sacrifice and Perseverance” are written on the circle to signify Van Thach’s decision to forgo his law degree in order to serve his country (sacrifice), and as a representation of fighting through his injuries while in Iraq (perseverance).
“Instead of saying thank you to a veteran, you can see exactly what their shirts and boots represent, symbolizing who that veteran is and how they served the country,” Van Thach said of the Fashion Has Heart entry. “Being here with Fashion Has Heart has allowed me to heal more because I am never going to be 100 percent who I was before my injuries. But to bring awareness to fellow Americans brings solace and warmth to my heart.”
Related: Wounded veterans create ArtPrize entry that shares their message of hope, bravery
Posted On Sunday, September 01, 2013
Saturday May 18th Bates headed to Fifth Third ballpark to support and honor our local Armed Forces and cheer on the West Michigan Whitecaps. Check it out!
Posted On Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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Posted On Monday, August 26, 2013
The modern day jungle boot, Annobon, is now available in waterproof in colors desert tan and black. Featuring the Bates® Dry breathable waterproof membrane, the Annobon boot is lightweight and flexible with a self-cleaning tread that won't slow you down.
Posted On Tuesday, August 20, 2013
In 2010, the cast of FX’s Sons of Anarchy joined the Boot Campaign’s network of celebrity endorsers when they posed for their official “Boot Photo”. Since then, the cast has become a powerful advocate of the Boot Campaign not only through the annual Boot Ride and Rally, but also through various speaking engagements, media appearances and fundraising events throughout the year.
After receiving word the "Sons of Anarchy" were taking a tour with the United Service Organizations (USO), the Boot Campaign reached out to FX directly and invited them to join their campaign. Boot Girl Sherri Reuland said, "It was a quick response….'Absolutely! When can we get started?'" Now the cast of this hit series and the Boot Campaign are working to spread the word for Americans to "Get YOUR boots on!"
Theo Rossi (Juice Ortiz), Mark Boone Junior (Bobby Munson) and Kim Coates (Tig Trager) are just three of the many celebrities joining the Boot Campaign to support the troops. To see the diverse list of everyone who is switching out their regular shoes for a pair of combat boots and to get your own pair, visit www.bootcampaign.com. The drama first aired in September of 2008 and by its third season became FX's highest rated series ever.
Watch the Sons of Anarchy pay genuine tribute to our military heroes as the first in a series of three rides to the Military Appreciation BBQ where they meet with military members and their families. Featured in this video, the Sons of Anarchy are wearing the Bates paratrooper boot style #E02184 on their ride.