Bates Men's M-8 Military Boot

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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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,187 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    Boot experience. Sort of like car tire reviews, how good is a review if you've only used a one or two tire brands? I have used a series of different boots over the years for hiking, backpacking, ruck marching, and some tactical time forward deployed. I have used old school army boots circa the 90's, Asolo backbacking, Vasque (backpacking and hiking, Merrells (hiking), Corcorans (Military), Timberland (workbooks), and now these Bates M-8 tactical boots. Sounds like a lot, but I still haven't found my perfect boot. By the way, I am 6"1" always between 220 and 230 lbs, now in my early 40s. So the weight is some 25 lbs of undesirable weight (I tell you this not to get a date, but because I believe most gear for men is designed for folks 160 to 180 lbs; an issue for the heavier guy in terms of durability ,flex, and even buckling). I am not a boot pro, just on a mission to find a good boot before I die. What follows is just an opinion, take it for what it is worth.

    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.
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    This is my third pair of newfangled 'tactical' combat boots. I've owned many pairs of old-style combat boots such as the all-leather Altamas from the BDU era, leather-and-canvas jungle boots, and suede-and-canvas (or nylon) desert boots. As I get older, I desire more ankle support so I have tried the newer-style tactical boots that have thickly padded and/or reinforced shafts and padded tongues, as well as sneaker-like design. (See my other reviews.)

    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.
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    Size: 8 3E USColor: Desert Tan Verified Purchase
    These boots came out of Iraq looking pretty good.

    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.
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