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High quality plain toe oxford at moderate price - by , May 20, 2020
5/ 5 Stars
I purchased many pairs of Bates leather durashock through the BX while active duty and loved them. After reading reviews about soles cracking (never happened to me, except the last pair, but after 10 years daily use!) I went with this model -- leather uppers with a full vibram sole. Excellent shoes. Not as shock absorbing as the old durashocks but I replaced the insert with my custom orthotic insert and they feel and look great. Took a satin shine with the first application of quality (Ralyn, who bought out Meguire's) leather creme, and high gloss by the second polishing. These Bates are very well constructed, as good or better than luxury brand plain toe oxfords (which you can't find anymore, anyway.) Look good for any dress pants occasion, military or civilian, from work to formal event.

High quality plain toe oxford at moderate price

May 20, 2020
I purchased many pairs of Bates leather durashock through the BX while active duty and loved them. After reading reviews about soles cracking (never happened to me, except the last pair, but after 10 years daily use!) I went with this model -- leather uppers with a full vibram sole. Excellent shoes. Not as shock absorbing as the old durashocks but I replaced the insert with my custom orthotic insert and they feel and look great. Took a satin shine with the first application of quality (Ralyn, who bought out Meguire's) leather creme, and high gloss by the second polishing. These Bates are very well constructed, as good or better than luxury brand plain toe oxfords (which you can't find anymore, anyway.) Look good for any dress pants occasion, military or civilian, from work to formal event.
Bates Footwear's reply

Thank you for your wonderful review!

Very satisfied - by , Dec 17, 2019
5/ 5 Stars
I have worn these shoes as long as I can remember. Very sturdy, comfortable and made using Goodyear Welt construction ( heals can be replaced). Can be worn for casual occasions or with a tuxedo. Really attractive and durable!!

Very satisfied

Dec 17, 2019
I have worn these shoes as long as I can remember. Very sturdy, comfortable and made using Goodyear Welt construction ( heals can be replaced). Can be worn for casual occasions or with a tuxedo. Really attractive and durable!!
Another set of good shoes! - by , Sep 30, 2019
5/ 5 Stars
I've worn Bates shoes for 20 years. They have all lasted for years and they have been easy to shine and wear. This set feels the same as the others and has already taken a shine after a week. The soles are good (the other soles lasted for over 3 years and I only changed out shoes because of wear.

Another set of good shoes!

Sep 30, 2019
I've worn Bates shoes for 20 years. They have all lasted for years and they have been easy to shine and wear. This set feels the same as the others and has already taken a shine after a week. The soles are good (the other soles lasted for over 3 years and I only changed out shoes because of wear.
Bates Footwear's reply

Thanks for your awesome feedback!

Durable, but needs some upgrades - by , Sep 02, 2019
4/ 5 Stars
This is not my first time buying these- so that's always a good sign. Just a couple of things for buyers to know in advance- (1) they are long. If you wear size 9 and but size 9 you'll be ok. Your toe will reach to mid toe cap. I imagine that is to accommodate the narrowing toward the toe. (2) You'll want insoles. There is no arch support and virtually no padding. Once you throw some insoles in there you'll be good to go and these shoes can last you almost decade of heavy use if you take care of them. Would definitely recommend.

Durable, but needs some upgrades

Sep 02, 2019
This is not my first time buying these- so that's always a good sign. Just a couple of things for buyers to know in advance- (1) they are long. If you wear size 9 and but size 9 you'll be ok. Your toe will reach to mid toe cap. I imagine that is to accommodate the narrowing toward the toe. (2) You'll want insoles. There is no arch support and virtually no padding. Once you throw some insoles in there you'll be good to go and these shoes can last you almost decade of heavy use if you take care of them. Would definitely recommend.
Expected more - by , Apr 09, 2019
1/ 5 Stars
I have been a soldier for 20 years and wanted something a bit more durable than the standard patent leather shoe. I ordered this shoe expecting it to be genuine leather, but it was not. It does not respond to shoe paste and I was greatly disappointed with the comfort of this shoe. Guess I have no alternative but to return to patent leather.

Expected more

Apr 09, 2019
I have been a soldier for 20 years and wanted something a bit more durable than the standard patent leather shoe. I ordered this shoe expecting it to be genuine leather, but it was not. It does not respond to shoe paste and I was greatly disappointed with the comfort of this shoe. Guess I have no alternative but to return to patent leather.
Bates Footwear's reply

We stand behind our products and would be happy to do all we can to help at 866.699.7374.

Outstanding Product - by , Apr 05, 2019
5/ 5 Stars
A very comfortable shoe, one that I enjoy putting on in the morning and spending a day on the go. Quality workmanship all the way through.

Outstanding Product

Apr 05, 2019
A very comfortable shoe, one that I enjoy putting on in the morning and spending a day on the go. Quality workmanship all the way through.
Bates Footwear's reply

Thank you for the outstanding feedback!

Durable and comfortable - by , Oct 24, 2018
4/ 5 Stars
While working 24 hours at the firehouse these shoes are extremely comfortable and professional looking . Easy on and off when changing into fire gear . Keep up the good work. Can’t find shoes like this anywhere.

Durable and comfortable

Oct 24, 2018
While working 24 hours at the firehouse these shoes are extremely comfortable and professional looking . Easy on and off when changing into fire gear . Keep up the good work. Can’t find shoes like this anywhere.
Bates Footwear's reply

You deserve comfort on those long days! Thanks for the great feedback!

great - by , Oct 12, 2018
5/ 5 Stars
NOW to be fair I am going to use them on Veterans Day for first time. but I was one of the few that loved my military boots in vietnam.i put these shoes on and they fit perfectly. look fantastic . really a first class piece of workmanship. I will be wearing them to all military meetings .also my daughters wedding on 26 oct 2018. last of all they will be on my feel for all eternity.could not believe how good they look and felt on.have already tolled members of great purchase. sgt. Richard u.s. army.

great

Oct 12, 2018
NOW to be fair I am going to use them on Veterans Day for first time. but I was one of the few that loved my military boots in vietnam.i put these shoes on and they fit perfectly. look fantastic . really a first class piece of workmanship. I will be wearing them to all military meetings .also my daughters wedding on 26 oct 2018. last of all they will be on my feel for all eternity.could not believe how good they look and felt on.have already tolled members of great purchase. sgt. Richard u.s. army.
These shoes exceeded my expectations. - by , Aug 13, 2018
4/ 5 Stars
These are a study yet comfortable pair of low quarters. My first pair lasted over a year with daily use.

These shoes exceeded my expectations.

Aug 13, 2018
These are a study yet comfortable pair of low quarters. My first pair lasted over a year with daily use.
Outstanding for standing out - by , Jun 02, 2018
5/ 5 Stars
I had these issued to me for AFJROTC, and I always meant to look them up, finally did, and I can definitely say they are easily worth the price. I wore them probably less than service members, buy I never had much discomfort from them, a little during the break in period, but they were soon one of the most comfortable shoes I own. Wore them for 4 years of moderate walking, and never babied them and they still look great took a polish like nothing else. The only sign of wear is the soles where I'd pivot for drill, but considering that I drilled on mainly concrete I have boots that would look considerably worse if I'd have down the same to them. Overall 10/10 (even if you aren't in the service and just need dress shoes)

Outstanding for standing out

Jun 02, 2018
I had these issued to me for AFJROTC, and I always meant to look them up, finally did, and I can definitely say they are easily worth the price. I wore them probably less than service members, buy I never had much discomfort from them, a little during the break in period, but they were soon one of the most comfortable shoes I own. Wore them for 4 years of moderate walking, and never babied them and they still look great took a polish like nothing else. The only sign of wear is the soles where I'd pivot for drill, but considering that I drilled on mainly concrete I have boots that would look considerably worse if I'd have down the same to them. Overall 10/10 (even if you aren't in the service and just need dress shoes)