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Bates Men's M-8 Military Boot
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- Leather and synthetic
- Manmade sole
- Slip Resistant
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JUST LIKE YOU.......IT PERFORMS UNDER PRESSURE. Bates Boots are serious Uniform/Tactical Boots.Bates Boots is committed to providing quality, comfort and performance. Bates Boots keeps your feet warm and dry through all your excursions.High performance tactical 8" boot with a multi-terrain outsole for rugged terrain.8" Tan Rough Side Out Leather and Nylon Breathable Lining Cushioned Removable Insert Durable Direct Attach Construction Multi Terrain Vibram™ Mutant Rubber Outsole Made or Assembled in USA 1450 Bates Men's M-8 Tactical Uniform Boots - Tan
Founded in 1885 as a dress shoe manufacturer, today Bates Footwear is dedicated to the development and manufacturing of uniform footwear for all branches of the military and civilian police forces. In 2003, the company joined the billion-dollar footwear giant, Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. and is headquartered in Rockford, Michigan. Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. is one of the world’s leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport and uniform footwear. The company’s portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Bates, Chaco, Cushe, Hush Puppies, HYTEST, Merrell, Sebago and Wolverine. The company is also the exclusive footwear licensee of popular brands including Cat Footwear, Harley-Davidson Footwear, and Patagonia Footwear. The company’s products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in 190 countries or territories.
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00814U1YM
- Item model number: M-8-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: December 17, 2008
- Domestic Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Top Customer Reviews
Anywho... I purchased these online in the 11 Wide Volume (I wear 11 3E shows). I did get the standard 11.5 volume (11 would not fit either), but they were too narrow (Anecdotally, in the 11 wide volume, I now use an after market Superfeet insoles. Their 11.5 size insoles fit the boot with slight trim whereby the aftermarket insole size 11 was too small).
I was looking for a more versatile backpacking alternative for daily wear. What I like about backpacking boots such as the upper end of Asolo and Vasque lines is that they have great adhesion to various rock surfaces even wet rock. They also shed mud well, but are not great in snow. Backpacking boots are a bit too stiff for general wear if you are unloaded, and you won't find yourself running in them.Read more ›
The Bates M-8 is very well-made and has a nice design. The padding and reinforcements on tongue and shaft are obvious when wearing the boots but not overwhelmingly so - they DON'T feel like ski boots. The tread is very aggressive and is perhaps the best off-road outsole I've ever had in boot. Unlike other tactical boots that either have 'normal' eyelets or plastic faux-speedlace eyelets, the Bates M-8 has plastic eyelets that are pretty close to the speedlacing found on Altama BDU boots or the current-issue suede-and-Cordura desert boots worn with ACU or MARPAT uniforms. I can lace/unlace these boots more quickly than any other tactical boots I own.
My only concern is that they seem to be sized rather narrow. I usually wear an 11 extra-wide or a 12 wide, and I prefer to default to too-loose rather than too-tight. Some manufactures, like Wellco, make a VERY wide extra-wide but my 11 extra-wide Bates fit more like a regular wide. I did not get them from Amazon so I can't exchange them, and they're comfortable enough after I played around with lacing and switched out the included insole, which was very thick. So, all is well for me, but if you have a wide foot and/or prefer to err on the side of too-loose like I do, I suggest you order 1/2 size up from your normal size, even if you find this model in extra-wide.
I have foot issues. A bunionette to be exact. (It's like a bunion, but on the little toe side) This means I need extra wide boots. And these boots did perfectly.
They are rugged, durable, and the leather still looks great. The boot is padded for comfort, and despite not having ventilation holes, you know, to keep the sand out, my feet didn't hardly sweat as much as they did in other boots. In the hot Iraqi summer, when my feet did sweat like crazy, it wasn't uncomfortable, and I had no moisture issues with my feet, as they dried out fairly well.
Despite the hard sole, traction is great. The Vibram mutant lug pattern does a great job.
Ankle support is great. It's stiff, yet still allows you to walk and run.
Comfort isn't as high as other boots I've tried. These aren't the tennis shoe soft boots you can find out there. These are almost as hard as issue boots, but more ergonomically shaped. If issue boots are a 1, and running shoes are a 10, I'd put these at a 3 on hardness. Put some new insoles in there. They help a lot.
Overall, I love these boots. Despite the hardness of the sole, the comfort top, ergo shape, durability, good looks, and durability of looks make these boots an awesome buy. These boots don't hardly look any worse after a year of missions, sand, and mud in Iraq, and now they're even more comfortable than when I got them!
Going to Iraq or Afghanistan? Buy 2 pairs. Swap them every day so the other pair can dry out. Not that drying out is an issue with these. It's just the smart thing to do for your feet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exactly what I needed and expected. Bates make a great boot.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
The most uncomfortable boots ever! I've been wearing them for months and I like them about the same as when I got them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tabatha Miller
Really happy with this purchase. You can't go wrong with this brand. Well-constructed. Boot section is very comfortable. I needed longer laces but that’s a personal preference. Read morePublished 5 months ago by EvilGXP
These are the most comfortable boots to wear out of the box. They are flexible and look great. The soft suede can be challenging to keep clean though.Published 6 months ago by Bryant Quan
Outstanding pair of of military boots. I've worn many in USMC, and these are some of the best. Excellent quality! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lyle
Big fan of Bates over the years, but I have always ordered a half size smaller.
The two vents at the arch are metal. I didnt see that posted anywhere.
I shopped hard and looked at a lot of desert tan boots before selecting these Bates M8's. Break in was less than a day and I can wear them all day as they are that comfy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by bigguy