It’s no secret that Bates has been a leader in military footwear for over 130 years. In WWII, they produced over a million shoes for the government, solidifying them in the military boots business. Currently, Bates supplies footwear to military and civilian uniformed services in over 60 countries around the globe. Their boots have always been known for comfort, protection and performance.
Then something interesting happened- The Bates Footwear team began to notice active military and law enforcement men wearing their tactical boots off duty and on their motorcycles. This inspired Bates to create a whole new line of boots specifically geared towards motorcyclists.
Eric Fracassi, Director of Product Development for Bates Footwear, describes the inspiration behind the new product: “We knew that we had a brand loyal customer – a brotherhood; that made the connection between motorcycle enthusiasts, the military and law enforcement personnel.”
In 2016, Bates announced their PowerSports line, and introduced high performance riding boots. These boots were constructed using high quality materials that would provide riders with protection and comfort, both on and off the bike.
With the success of the 2016 line, Bates decided to ramp things up for 2017. Bates returned to their American Made roots by releasing a Made in the USA line of PowerSports boots, crafted entirely in the United States. Drawing on their heritage of making boots for the U.S. Armed Forces, the 2017 Made in the USA line offers motorcyclists a new choice in footwear that once again delivers performance, protection and that legendary Bates comfort.
The Made in the USA line consists of the 6-inch Freedom and the 9-inch Bomber, featuring leather and nylon uppers with a rugged Vibram® outsole, Poron XRD® impact foam and toe shift reinforcement. Crafted with high quality materials from American companies. The Freedom and Bomber riding boots are 100% sourced and assembled in the United States of America. Before each pair ships out, it is personally inspected by someone at the Wolverine World Wide facility in Big Rapids, Michigan. This commitment to excellence continues to make Bates one to watch in the PowerSports market. Both the Made in the USA Freedom and Bomber are available now. Stay tuned for more new products from the 2017 PowerSports line, coming soon!