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Love these boots. - by , Aug 04, 2020
5/ 5 Stars
Love these boots. Comfortable right out of the box. Never wore military style boots before so I didn't know what to expect. Pleasantly surprised as these are the lightest, most comfortable boots I've ever owned. Love the side zipper feature. I'm a size 15 so them being light is saying something. This will not be my last pair.

Love these boots.

Aug 04, 2020
Love these boots. Comfortable right out of the box. Never wore military style boots before so I didn't know what to expect. Pleasantly surprised as these are the lightest, most comfortable boots I've ever owned. Love the side zipper feature. I'm a size 15 so them being light is saying something. This will not be my last pair.
Bates Footwear's reply

Thank you for your wonderful review, Anthony!

Do Your Research - by , Jul 23, 2020
3/ 5 Stars
I have worn a Bates 8" Tactical Side Zip boot for over five years now. I have probably gone through 3 or more pairs. My first suggestion is that if you want to keep your toe looking nice and polished, get a steel or composite toe. I like to keep my boots shined and the soft toe will eventually smash and not look good. Plus, you never know when the steel/composite toe will come in handy. While ordering my current set of boots, I noticed that they now offered my favorite boot now waterproof. I was excited and ordered a pair. First thing I noticed is that there is a side zip, but there is a "inner liner" and made it harder to slip the boot on. My previous boots I never had to untie. I have to untie/tie these everyday as well as zip to get them on/off. Size was just a hair small (13 EW) but gets better after break in. Warning: These boots are HOT and do not breathe but they are waterproof. You will have to decide for yourself the trade off. If you work 8 hours or less, they would be alright, but anything longer, your feet will come out like prunes. I'm in them 12-14 hours a day, sometimes longer, and I can feel my feet sweating all day. I would not recommend for longer shifts. I will be going back to the non-waterproof boots in the near future and saving these for the winter.

Do Your Research

Jul 23, 2020
I have worn a Bates 8" Tactical Side Zip boot for over five years now. I have probably gone through 3 or more pairs. My first suggestion is that if you want to keep your toe looking nice and polished, get a steel or composite toe. I like to keep my boots shined and the soft toe will eventually smash and not look good. Plus, you never know when the steel/composite toe will come in handy. While ordering my current set of boots, I noticed that they now offered my favorite boot now waterproof. I was excited and ordered a pair. First thing I noticed is that there is a side zip, but there is a "inner liner" and made it harder to slip the boot on. My previous boots I never had to untie. I have to untie/tie these everyday as well as zip to get them on/off. Size was just a hair small (13 EW) but gets better after break in. Warning: These boots are HOT and do not breathe but they are waterproof. You will have to decide for yourself the trade off. If you work 8 hours or less, they would be alright, but anything longer, your feet will come out like prunes. I'm in them 12-14 hours a day, sometimes longer, and I can feel my feet sweating all day. I would not recommend for longer shifts. I will be going back to the non-waterproof boots in the near future and saving these for the winter.
Bates Footwear's reply

Thank you for the helpful review!

Toes peeling after 2 weeks of use - by , Jun 13, 2020
2/ 5 Stars
I’ve been using these boots for less than two weeks. I wore them to the range and when I got home I noticed both toes were peeling. So much for being “tactical” boots when they can’t even handle a day on the range.

Toes peeling after 2 weeks of use

Jun 13, 2020
I’ve been using these boots for less than two weeks. I wore them to the range and when I got home I noticed both toes were peeling. So much for being “tactical” boots when they can’t even handle a day on the range.
Bates Footwear's reply

Have you reached out to our customer service team yet? Give them a ring at 866-699-7374, they are happy to help!

Killing my legs - by , May 13, 2020
3/ 5 Stars
These boots are not as comfortable as i remember them. I have no choice but to wear them because I bought them for work but they are very uncomfortable on my calfs. They are ok everywhere else.

Killing my legs

May 13, 2020
These boots are not as comfortable as i remember them. I have no choice but to wear them because I bought them for work but they are very uncomfortable on my calfs. They are ok everywhere else.
Bates Footwear's reply

We are sorry you are experiencing problems with your Bates footwear. Please give our customer service team a call at 1 (866) 699-7374.

Awesome Boots - by , May 09, 2020
5/ 5 Stars
I work in landscaping and consistently walking on lawns and mud. These boot so far have performed beautifully. Comfy and waterproof so far but time will tell because most don't last beyond 6 months.

Awesome Boots

May 09, 2020
I work in landscaping and consistently walking on lawns and mud. These boot so far have performed beautifully. Comfy and waterproof so far but time will tell because most don't last beyond 6 months.
Bates Footwear's reply

Thank you for your review!

Too Narrow - by , May 09, 2020
3/ 5 Stars
I bought these for my better half. He has a slender-medium 10.5 foot. I ordered the composite toe in medium and then the extra wide (because medium width size caused callous between two of his toes which has never happened with any of his other footwear). Upon receiving and his wearing them for 3, 24 hour shifts (to give them some use before judging) my/our suspicions confirmed they not only look the exact same as the medium width, they also feel exactly the same. On top of that, the website did not work at all no matter how I tried to implement my Veteran or EMS discount. The site kept crashing or just looping me back and I finally just gave up, wasn’t worth the time and frustration. Wasted money. Wasted time.

Too Narrow

May 09, 2020
I bought these for my better half. He has a slender-medium 10.5 foot. I ordered the composite toe in medium and then the extra wide (because medium width size caused callous between two of his toes which has never happened with any of his other footwear). Upon receiving and his wearing them for 3, 24 hour shifts (to give them some use before judging) my/our suspicions confirmed they not only look the exact same as the medium width, they also feel exactly the same. On top of that, the website did not work at all no matter how I tried to implement my Veteran or EMS discount. The site kept crashing or just looping me back and I finally just gave up, wasn’t worth the time and frustration. Wasted money. Wasted time.
Bates Footwear's reply

We are sorry you experienced problems with your Bates footwear and our website. Please give our customer service team a call at 1 (866) 699-7374.

Great waterproof boot - by , May 06, 2020
5/ 5 Stars
I walk lawns all day every day and when wet or dewy my feet get drenched. Most boots only last about 6 months so too early to rate durability but from the 1st week of wearing they keep my feet dry and the boot is comfy. That's all I care about. So far a 10 rating.

Great waterproof boot

May 06, 2020
I walk lawns all day every day and when wet or dewy my feet get drenched. Most boots only last about 6 months so too early to rate durability but from the 1st week of wearing they keep my feet dry and the boot is comfy. That's all I care about. So far a 10 rating.
Bates Footwear's reply

Excellent!

Comfortable as expected - by , May 02, 2020
5/ 5 Stars
I've been wearing the 6" model for the past five years and I expect this pair will perform as well

Comfortable as expected

May 02, 2020
I've been wearing the 6" model for the past five years and I expect this pair will perform as well
Bates Footwear's reply

Thank you for sharing, Gary!

Great - by , Apr 21, 2020
5/ 5 Stars
These are great boots grips great going down ramps all season long lasted me about a year which is great bought these for 3 years straight until I moved up to a different style from you guys

Great

Apr 21, 2020
These are great boots grips great going down ramps all season long lasted me about a year which is great bought these for 3 years straight until I moved up to a different style from you guys
Bates Footwear's reply

Thank you for the 5-star review!

Side zip is the best part - by , Apr 14, 2020
5/ 5 Stars
Great boot. Love how they fit and very comfortable

Side zip is the best part

Apr 14, 2020
Great boot. Love how they fit and very comfortable
Bates Footwear's reply

That's great! Thanks for sharing, Dan!