Top positive review
18 people found this helpful
on June 8, 2009
These are spectacular boots for anyone in the law enforcement, corrections, or EMS field. I work at a detention center in Virginia and needed a sturdy pair of boots that provided a lot of ankle support since we are often running around tight corners when responding to emergency situations. That's why I opted for the 8" uppers.
I have owned these boots for almost a year and a half now and they have exceeded every expectation. The first week or two wearing them they were still pretty stiff and hurt my feet but after they were broken in, it felt like I wasn't wearing anything at all. The provide the much-needed ankle support for running around sharp corners. They are extremely durable yet still lightweight and don't impede movement
They are actually genuine leather and hold a shine pretty well (unlike other fake leather boots where the "leather" peels off after they get wet a few times).
For the price, these are an amazing buy. If/when they finally do wear out and become unusable, I will most definitely buy another pair.
I cannot say enough positive about these.
***UPDATE*** Approximately 3 YEARS after writing the above review, the same pair of boots are still going strong. In fact, I'm wearing them now. I'm about to purchase another pair b/c the sole is starting to show it's age. But I'll definitely be holding onto these as a back-up. And you better believe I'm getting another pair of Bates boots. I really hope to have the same experience the second time around.