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On the way to becoming one of the world’s largest uniform footwear companies, Bates has traveled a long and formative road. The company began as a small dress footwear maker in 1885. In the early 1960s, the Bates Shoe Company changed direction to focus on making the finest military dress shoes for the United States Navy.

The overwhelming popularity of the original Bates uniform oxford quickly led to the development of many more military styles for all branches of the armed services, until the company was exclusively making uniform footwear. Meanwhile, the demand for the Bates brand crossed over into the civilian uniformed services as the company’s products gained a reputation as exceptionally well suited for doing some of the most demanding and important jobs on earth.

The Bates experience spread worldwide during the 1970s and 80s, so that now we are outfitting elite military organizations in over 50 countries. Market-leading innovation continues to lead the way to Bates’ future — while the company will never waver from its dedication to craftsmanship, integrity and value that has proudly brought us to where we are today.

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.

Bates’ Credentials:
One of the largest suppliers of footwear to the U.S. federal government and Department of Defense.
A 120-year-old company.
Part of Wolverine Worldwide, a billion dollar shoe corporation, giving us tremendous strength in R&D, purchasing and manufacturing.
Priority access to the finest components and materials, including both Gore-Tex and Vibram as well as superior commodity products, from better leathers to stronger laces.
Unlike most competitors, Bates’ entire business is making footwear for military, police and other uniformed public services.
Over 1.5 million pairs of Bates boots and shoes are purchased each year.

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