Since 1887, the Bates brand has outfitted military and law enforcement personnel with premium dress and tactical footgear. Bates boots and shoes are worn by military personnel in nearly forty countries around the world. Men and women in uniform take the call of public service to the extreme, setting aside their own comfort and safety to protect the rights, property and lives of others. In return, they deserve only the highest performance, most comfortable and best value footwear, made by a company that takes its duty as solemnly as soldiers and cops take theirs. The Bates brand has been part of the Wolverine World Wide brand portfolio since 1969 continuing this way the tradition of manufacturing footwear with the finest components and materials, including both Gore-Tex® and Vibram® as well as superior commodity products, from better leathers to stronger laces. Bates is the gold standard in uniform footwear.