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Bates was founded in 1885 and since then has grown into a top tactical clothing company as a result of their advancements in tactical boot technologies and their unwavering commitment to those service men and women who depend on the best products. What was founded as a small dress footwear business, a long time ago, has become a leading footwear manufacturer for police officers, special operators, and the military today.
Bates originally chose to focus on military dress shoes for the United States Navy in the 1960s. This decision came was influenced by the need to produce a better product for our military. The overwhelming popularity of the original Bates products quickly led to the development of military styles for all branches of the armed services. Soon, the demand for Bate's high performance military footwear and boots lead to a bold step; Bates would dedicate itself fully to making uniform footwear.
Today, Bates proudly serves as one of the largest suppliers of footwear to the U.S. federal government, the Department of Defense and public service departments throughout the United States. Bates benefits from a strong R&D department, and top of the line manufacturing. Bates uses priority access to the finest components and materials, including GORE-TEX and Vibram, as well as superior commodity products. And while the materials that are used have changed throughout the years, the commitment to making the best footwear for military, police, and other uniformed public services hasn’t. As a result, every pair of Bates boots and shoes we sell ultimately benefits those who deserve it most: men and women in uniform.
The future of Bates Boots continues to be inspired by market-leading innovations that reinforce the dedication to superior craftsmanship, integrity, and value.