Bates Footwear US https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us Just another Wolverine World Wide Blogs site Mon, 06 Aug 2018 17:25:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.14 Pick the right boot for the right terrain! https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/pick-the-right-boot-for-the-right-terrain/ https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/pick-the-right-boot-for-the-right-terrain/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 17:25:21 +0000 Eric Nuechterlein http://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/?p=896 No featured Image configured Read More]]>

Have you struggled with deciding which boots are best for you? Did you know that different outsoles and design patterns are better in different conditions? We are here to help you with these tough decisions. Different terrains call for much different attributes in your footwear! Each unique landscape brings a different test for your feet. From rocks to pavement, and from sand to asphalt, we will explore the different features to look for in your everyday footwear. We broke it down into two different categories; all terrain and urban. Each brining it’s fair share of differences and demands. Below are 7 important bullet points to look for when deciding on which Bates product to purchase to each terrain!

All Terrain: The Bates GX-8 is the perfect example for all of these attributes! (Other great all terrain Bates options include Shock, Shock FX, Velocitor FX, Cobra)
• Look for a lug system outsole that offers you versatility for all kinds of terrains (rocks, sand, jagged edges, etc.)
• Make sure there are molded reinforcements on the boot to provide you the extra ankle support necessary for all day wear
• The nylon panels in the boot should be durable and abrasion resistant
• Your lacing system should allow you quick adjustability as the foot shape is affected by the temperature and activity – a speed lacing system is highly recommended!
• Your boots should have strong upper materials that don’t wear easy and are ready to tackle any environment or field conditions you expose them to
• Look for increased padding around the collar and Achilles notches for added comfort and flexibility for when you are on uneven terrain
• We recommend a taller boot for all terrain to give you increased support and protection from the elements

Urban: The Bates Raide is purpose built to get you through all day wear with never ending comfort! (Other great urban Bates options include: Code 6.2, Charge, Velocitor)
• First and foremost, look for a comfort-based product
• Base your search around products with EVA platforms, wedge outsole designs, and comfort technologies
• Look for a durable rubber outsole with tread design that gives you grip on multiple surfaces (concrete, asphalt, brick, etc.)
• Ventilated materials are key, they offer more breathability in the upper of your boot
• Again, make sure there are molded reinforcements on the boot to provide you extra ankle support for all day wear
• The boot leathers should be easy to maintain and ones that can handle multiple environments, including waterproof options
• We recommend a lower height boot for urban settings as they provide more breathability and increased mobility for all day wear and increased options for styling

Check out batesfootwear.com for all of the above boots and other options that will fit for your every day use!

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Happy 4th from the Naval Academy! https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/happy-4th-from-the-naval-academy/ https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/happy-4th-from-the-naval-academy/#respond Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:47:08 +0000 Eric Nuechterlein http://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/?p=888 No featured Image configured Read More]]>

Every year, a small group of Bates employees travels to the Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland over the 4th of July. Our employees have the honor to meet and greet Naval Cadets as they prepare for graduation. Each year, we size and fit every cadet for their first pair of Bates oxfords. What an honor to spend the July 4th holiday with these brave men and women who are choosing to defend our nation. Thank you to all military personnel for allowing us to celebrate the 4th of July safely!

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New Raide Colors! https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/new-raide-colors/ https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/new-raide-colors/#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 12:46:51 +0000 Eric Nuechterlein http://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/?p=883 No featured Image configured Read More]]>

The Bates Raide has seen phenomenal growth and attention since the line’s release earlier this year. The combination of a tactical boot, with the outsole of a running shoe has truly given consumers the perfect marriage of comfort and performance. For these reasons, Bates continues to develop new colorways on this great platform to broaden the use of this boot. The original launch included the Olive Mojave mid, a boot designed to be usable in more situations than your average law enforcement boot. Consumers love the athletic feel and build of this boot, as you can see from this great review:

Sized exactly as expected. Comfortable but good ankle protection. Very light which makes this boot perfect for long walks on trails. Inside support feels much like a good tennis shoe and not a heavy boot. – GaryG (Review from batesfootwear.com)

Building off the success of the Olive Mojave, Bates has recently released two new colors in the mid boot, Dark Cloud and Olive Brown. Both new colors will continue to open the doors to new uses of this boot, including hiking, hunting, and other outdoor activities such as paintball. The new colors also lend themselves to undercover or plain dress officers who are looking for the comfort of tennis shoes without sacrificing the performance that they need in a tactical boot. The Raide boot is specifically built to give you all day comfort and minimize the major shift of the toe drop that most people experience when switching from athletic footwear to their work boots.

The new Raide colors are available now on batesfootwear.com along with the 4 other boots in the Raide line. Raide mids in black and olive mojave, the waterproof tall with a side zipper, and the hot weather tall with side zipper. The Raide truly is the tactical boot with the sole of a runner!

New Raide mid colors in Olive Brown and Dark Cloud

New Raide mid colors in Olive Brown and Dark Cloud

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Bates Best Sellers! https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/bates-best-sellers/ https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/bates-best-sellers/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:03:31 +0000 Eric Nuechterlein http://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/?p=878 No featured Image configured Read More]]>

Bates has the footwear for any situation that you may encounter during your day. We have purpose built and technologically advanced footwear to help you get through even the toughest of days. We have compiled a list of our current best sellers to help you in your purchasing decision. Scan the list below for a quick overview, and hit the links to learn more on our website!

Raide Hot Weather Side Zip – Built like a running shoe, the Bates Raide gives you a dynamic fit with a streamlined, breathable upper pattern. The Raide features a strobel construction, hugging your foot with a lightweight and extremely comfortable fit. With its slip-resistant rubber tread and its cushioned midsole, the Raide truly is a tactical boot with the sole of a runner.

Raide Hot Weather Side Zip

Raide Hot Weather Side Zip

USMC Lightweight Durashocks® Boot – This lightweight Berry Compliant boot is made with oil, stain and abrasion resistant Wolverine Warrior Leather®. Also featuring Bates DuraShocks® shock absorbing comfort technology, you’ll be comfortable on your feet all day long.

USMC Lightweight Durashocks® Boot

USMC Lightweight Durashocks® Boot

GX-8 Side Zip Boot with GORE-TEX® – A durable waterproof side zip boot that is perfect for all seasons. Featuring a strong, waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® lining, your feet will stay protected, comfortable and dry. (#1 Best Seller on batesfootwear.com)

GX-8 Side Zip Boot with GORE-TEX®

GX-8 Side Zip Boot with GORE-TEX®

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Side Zip Boot – Made with Wolverine Warrior Leather®, this boot is oil, stain and abrasion resistant. Combined with the ease of a side zip and the protection of a composite toe, this style is the ideal desert colored boot for any situation.

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Side Zip Boot

GX-8 Desert Composite Toe Side Zip Boot

Shock 6” Side Zip Boot – Shock is the newest in Bates anti-fatigue footwear. Featuring our four-part Endurance Performance System, Shock delivers the comfort that you want with the durability that you need. (The SHOCK is worn by Ryan Gosling in 2017’s BLADE RUNNER 2049!)

Shock 6” Side Zip Boot

Shock 6” Side Zip Boot

8” Durashocks® Lace-to-toe Side Zip Boot – Bates 8″ DuraShocks® Lace-to-Toe Side Zip is guaranteed to keep you comfortable on your feet. Backed by our 30-day comfort guarantee, this style features an easy on and off side zip and classic lace to toe styling.

8” Durashocks® Lace-to-toe Side Zip Boot

8” Durashocks® Lace-to-toe Side Zip Boot

Leather Uniform Oxford – Bates Leather Uniform Oxford features a polishable leather upper and a breathable moisture wicking lining. The shoe also has a durable Vibram® rubber outsole for long lasting comfort.

Leather Uniform Oxford

Leather Uniform Oxford

Get all of these and many more NOW at batesfootwear.com!

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TOP PICKS from our Director of Product Development! https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/top-picks-from-our-director-of-product-development/ https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/top-picks-from-our-director-of-product-development/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 19:30:22 +0000 Eric Nuechterlein http://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/?p=864 No featured Image configured Read More]]>

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the great footwear options available on batesfootwear.com? From waterproof, to safety toe, to the amazing technology stories, Bates has you covered in all areas. We are here to help you find some of our stand out products with the help of our Director of Product Development Eric Fracassi. He has chosen three areas to highlight in this edition of “PD Picks” the Raide, GX platform, and our patented EMX technology. Check below for his quotes on why he feels these products continue to rise to any occasion!

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“The Raide is the most comfortable boot in our line! If fits like a lightweight, athletic shoe, which means it’s great for those long days on the job.”

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GX Platform

“The GX-8 is my first choice for durability and protection – it’s totally amped up and ready for duty! I like that it perfectly combines waterproof leather and all day breathability.”

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EMX Technology

“EMX technology means you get a custom fit every time you put them on your feet! The memory foam construction wraps around your heel and conforms to the shape of your foot.”

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New Coyote work boot! https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/new-coyote-work-boot/ https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/new-coyote-work-boot/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 17:43:58 +0000 Eric Nuechterlein http://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/?p=857 No featured Image configured Read More]]>

Bates continues to push the boundaries on comfortable, durable, technology driven footwear. Newest to the line is our GX-8 Waterproof Composite Toe Side-Zip boot. This boot partners everything that you already love about our GX series (our best selling boot on batesfootwear.com) with a new Nubuck coyote colored leather, and the waterproof and comp toe protection! This boot is the perfect go to for any task that involves extra protection and comfort. Along with the Nubuck leather and 1680 Denier Ballistic nylon, this new boot boasts a moisture wicking lining, cushioned removable insert, YKK side zipper, non metallic composite toe, and a lightweight cushioned EVA midsole to deliver flexibility and performance! Whatever the job, the Coyote GX-8 boot is ready to get it done. Get it now at batesfootwear.com!

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You Ask, We Answer! https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/you-ask-we-answer/ https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/you-ask-we-answer/#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 18:43:42 +0000 Eric Nuechterlein http://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/?p=851 No featured Image configured Read More]]>

Bates strives to provide our consumers with the best and most technology advanced products. We also understand your specific needs and desired performance for your everyday tactical, law enforcement, and military footwear. That is why we are taking the time to answer some of your most frequently asked questions. We researched the web along with our social media platforms and compiled a list of the things that you ask most about Bates footwear. Check below for our answers and some links to the footwear that answer some of your questions!

Q: Where can I buy Bates boots?
A: Bates boots are sold directly from www.batesfootwear.com. You can also use this website to find the retail store closest to you! Use this LINK to go to our “Find A Store” page.

Q: Can you polish Bates boots?
A: Head to batesfootwear.com and click on the ACCESSORIES tab at the top. From here, click on “Shoe Care Tips” here you will find a detailed breakdown on how to care for and polish your boots!

Q: Are Bates boots waterproof?
A: Bates offers a wide variety of waterproof boots. Go to batesfootwear.com and click on the Men or Women tab, from here, select “Waterproof” under the Comfort/Safety section. You will find an entire page of waterproof options!

Q: Are Bates boots made in the USA?
A: Bates is proud to offer some made in the USA products, and it is very easy to find on our website! Once on our homepage, click on the Men or Women’s tab, and scroll down to find “Made in USA“.

Q: Are Bates boots slip resistant/Durashocks/Vibram/GORE-TEX? (Few questions combined)
A: We are very proud of the technology and special features that go into the making of our footwear. On each product page, you can scroll to the bottom to see which technologies are in each specific boot. You can also search for these specifically using our SEARCH box in the top right corner of our website.

Q: Are Bates boots good for hiking/being on your feet all day?
A: Bates has excellent options for footwear if you plan on taking a hike, or if you work on your feet all day long. For example, head to the BATES FX page on our website and take a look at all the great reviews this boot has about working 12 hour shifts, walking 10+ miles, and being on your feet all day long!

Q: Do Bates boots run true to size?
A: When picking out your boots and adding them to your cart, you will need to open up the size option on the product page. When doing this, there will be a percentage at the bottom of that pop up that tells you what percentage of customers believe this boot runs true to size. You will also see a size chart available.

Q: Who owns Bates boots?
A: Bates is owned by our parent company Wolverine Worldwide. Click HERE to visit the Wolverine Worldwide website.

Hopefully this helped you answer some of your most thought about questions about Bates footwear. Be sure to visit our website and explore to learn even more!

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Bates boots in the bright lights! https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/bates-boots-in-the-bright-lights/ https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/bates-boots-in-the-bright-lights/#respond Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:43:54 +0000 Eric Nuechterlein http://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/?p=831 No featured Image configured Read More]]>

Bates has found a second home in Hollywood. Thanks to huge industry players like Ryan Gosling, Jon Bernthal, and Dwayne Johnson the Bates brand can be seen in major motion pictures and tv shows. Ryan Gosling wore the Bates Shock in the critically acclaimed and Oscar winning film “Blade Runner 2049”. Jon Bernthal seems to have taken a real liking to the product, as he can be seen wearing the Bates Tactical Sport boot in the long running series “The Walking Dead”. He also sports the Bates Zero Mass boot in his current Netflix drama “The Punisher”. Dwayne Johnson dons the Bates Tactical Sport in his high-octane action thriller “San Andreas”. Other products seen in the below images: Woman’s Tactical Sport, GX-8, Ranger II. Other actors seen below: Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Daniel Webber, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad. As the brand continues to grow, keep your eyes open for our screen ready boots in upcoming films and shows!

Check below for some images of our boots in film!

Ryan Gosling wearing the Bates Shock in "Blade Runner 2049" Photo by Stephen Vaughan - © 2017 Alcon Entertainment, LLC.)

Ryan Gosling wearing the Bates Shock in “Blade Runner 2049”
Photo by Stephen Vaughan – © 2017 Alcon Entertainment, LLC.)

Jon Bernthal wearing the Tactical Sport in "The Walking Dead" Photo by Gene Page - © AMC 2011

Jon Bernthal wearing the Tactical Sport in “The Walking Dead”
Photo by Gene Page – © AMC 2011

Jon Bernthal wearing the Bates Zero Mass in "The Punisher"

Jon Bernthal wearing the Bates Zero Mass in “The Punisher”

Daniel Webber wearing the Bates Ranger II boot in "The Punisher"

Daniel Webber wearing the Bates Ranger II boot in “The Punisher”

Dwayne Johnson wearing the Bates Tactical Sport in "San Andreas" Photo by Jasin Boland - © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., WV Films IV LLC and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC—U.S., Canada, Bahamas & Bermuda

Dwayne Johnson wearing the Bates Tactical Sport in “San Andreas”
Photo by Jasin Boland – © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., WV Films IV LLC and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC—U.S., Canada, Bahamas & Bermuda

Priyanka Chopra wearing the Bates Tactical Sport and Jake McLaughlin wearing the GX-8 in "Quantico" Photo by Giovanni Rufino/ABC - © 2016 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Priyanka Chopra wearing the Bates Tactical Sport and Jake McLaughlin wearing the GX-8 in “Quantico”
Photo by Giovanni Rufino/ABC – © 2016 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Adam Sandler and Josh Gad wearing the Bates Tactical Sport in "Pixels" © 2015 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. **ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY

Adam Sandler and Josh Gad wearing the Bates Tactical Sport in “Pixels”
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Bates Release Raide and Siege Lines https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/bates-release-raide-and-siege-lines/ https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/bates-release-raide-and-siege-lines/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 20:21:35 +0000 Eric Nuechterlein http://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/?p=817 No featured Image configured Read More]]>

Our law enforcement consumer is continuing to evolve. New officers and security personnel are demanding lightweight, athletic footwear. They want their on-the-job footwear to match what they are wearing to and from work. Bates is dedicated to providing this new type of footwear to our loyal consumers. We have launched two new lines of boots that provide top of the line comfort, agility, and durability. The Raide and Siege series of boots provide everything that the modern-day officers need for their extremely demanding jobs.

The Bates Raide gives you a dynamic fit with a streamlined, breathable upper pattern. The strobel construction provides a lightweight and extremely flexible fit. The Raide is truly a tactical boot with the sole of a runner! The Raide line offers a boot for every situation. It starts with a tall boot that features waterproof full grain leather and a waterproof membrane, along with a side zip for easy on and off. The line also offers 3 hot weather options; the first is a tall boot with a side zipper, a great lightweight athletic boot for warm climates. The line also offers two mid options in black and olive mojave colorways.

Bates Raide Line

Bates Raide Line

The Bates Siege provides you the same athletic and lightweight performance, in a more classic styled boot. The athletic fit and lightweight midsole are designed to return energy on every step. The Siege offers two waterproof options, one in a tall boot with a side zipper, and one in a mid-version. Both options built with waterproof leather and a waterproof membrane. The third offering is a tall hot weather boot. One of the lightest boots in the line, this boot is an extremely comfortable hot weather option!

Bates Siege Line

Bates Siege Line

Bates Director of Product Development Eric Fracassi talks about the boot evolution: “As the consumer’s needs evolve, our Brand’s product has evolved…we are proud of the new lines of uniform footwear that offer top of the line comfort and durability.”

The Raide and Siege product lines are both available now at batesfootwear.com!

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Bates GX-8 Boot Review – Motorcycle https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/bates-gx-8-boot-review-motorcycle/ https://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/bates-gx-8-boot-review-motorcycle/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:09:29 +0000 Eric Nuechterlein http://blogs.wolvapps.com/batesfootwear_us/?p=809 No featured Image configured Read More]]>

Thank you to Tricia Szulewski for her excellent review of the Bates GX-8 boot in American Iron Magazine! The below image shows the excerpt from the magazine, and the text below is what Tricia wrote to American Iron. We are very grateful for her review and more than happy that they stood up to her test. As she referred to them as “Crash-tested tactical footwear”!

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Bates GX-8 Boot (Crash-tested tactical footwear)
After more than 18 years of writing about motorcycle gear, I’m finally able to write a real crash-tested product review. After an unfortunate incident involving a wet road, tar patch, and a little too much lean angle, I am here to tell you that abiding by ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) is how I walked away from a crash and 40-foot slide with no more
than a bruise on my bum. The footwear I chose to wear that fateful day were Bates GX-8 tactical boots.

I prefer to wear motorcycle-specific gear that provides the most protection for riding, but I’d heard from many people that Bates boots are extremely comfortable for both riding
and walking. As a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach, I spend most weekends in a hot parking lot for 8 to 10 hours from April to October (our teaching season in Connecticut), which is where I’d been riding home from the day I crashed. I’d wear comfy sandals to teach if I could, but I have to jump on the motorcycles to provide
riding demos to the students, so I have no choice but to wear boots. Finding boots that are comfortable for this kind of foot abuse is a challenge for all coaches.

Bates offers several styles for men, but a practical women’s motorcycle boot is essentially nonexistent, so I decided to try out the GX- 8, which is also offered in men’s sizing. The features I will not sacrifice in a boot I plan to use for motorcycling include ankle protection, abrasion resistance, slip resistance, and a reinforced toe area that will withstand abuse from shift pegs. The tactical GX-8 met all these needs and more, so I felt confident enough to wear them while riding.

The boots’ waterproof leather, nylon upper, and moisture-wicking GORE-TEX lining keep your feet dry in hot or rainy weather. The GX-8 measures 8″ high and has a full-length
nylon zipper, making them easy to get on and off. The boot laces can then be tightened for a perfect fit. A small Velcro tab at the top of the zipper prevents the pull from scratching your motorcycle or catching your pant leg. Weighing less than 1-1/2 pounds each, the super light boots feel more like slippers. A removable insert provides
the right amount of arch support and cushion that makes these boots extraordinarily comfortable, even after standing in them all day long.

After carefully inspecting all the gear I was wearing during my crash, I was relieved to find that the GX-8 boots were barely affected. There’s a small scuff in the left toe area and a couple of the plastic lace tabs were scraped up, but they’re still functional. It may take a while for me to wear out these boots, but I may consider one of Bates’ men’s
motorcycle styles next. The motorcycle specific boots are made with impact absorbing foam, called PORON XRD, around the ankle that hardens on impact. Should my next crash be more
serious than sliding on pavement, I’d want this type of protection. AIM

Make sure to visit the American Iron website to get more info on these boots and other great riding information. Thanks again to Tricia for the great review!

Get your own pair of the best selling Bates GX-8 tactical boot here.

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