There are a few characteristics necessary in every piece of tactical wear: performance, durability, and fit. These traits may count triple for boots. Feet can take a beating out in the field, and there are few experiences as brutal as marching injuries to break down a fighting force. Proper support, rugged breathable materials, and a durable sole can all be essential to keep you and your people moving. Since 1885, Bates has been supplying this kind of top notch footwear to uniformed personnel.

While starting solely as a dress footwear manufacturer, in the 1960s Bates took the opportunity to begin supplying dress shoes to the US Navy. This spectacular success has spurred a decade’s long dedication to serving the uniformed services. Over the course of the next two decades, Bates expanded and specialized to provide high-performance footwear to uniformed services at home and abroad. It was in this time period that today's first rate footwear systems were born.

Since then, a great many advances have been made in clothing technology. Bates boots made with new fabrics like Gore-Tex offer revolutionary opportunities to create innovative designs that combine water resistance and breathability. New leather treatments and manufacturing processes create boots that can last longer and ruck harder than ever before. This commitment to research, development and innovation has afforded Bates the opportunity to supply gear to military and civilian uniformed services in over 80 countries around the globe.