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- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately Mid-Calf" from arch
- High-top work shoe featuring lace-up vamp and breathable lining
- Cushioned removable insert
- Lightweight cement construction
- Durable and slip-resistant outsole
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Designed to strict LE code, and completely non-metallic.Bates has outfitted the U.S. Military, Postal Service and civil service workers since 1885. These Tactical Combat Boots are built to perform with flexibility and responsiveness. Tough, lightweight and comfortable. Worn by cops, M.P.s, security personnel and us regular guys. All construction materials are non-metallic composites. Full-grain leather and durable ballistic nylon uppers make these hardcore combat boots; Oil and slip-resistant rubber outsole for sure grip military boots; Lightweight, full-cushion EVA footbed for comfort; Moisture-wicking mesh lining; Padded tongue and collar for superior comfort; Half gusset locks out debris.; 8"h., 19 oz. each; Mfg. Number: 2261.
Bates Men's Ultra-Lites 8" Tactical Sport Side Zip Work Boot
Bates Ultra-Lites have been an invaluable asset to uniformed personnel for over 10 years. Built with quality leather, 1680 denier ballistic nylon, flexible athletic construction, and classic styling, Ultra-Lites effortlessly take you from the car to the streets.
Other features include:
- Cushioned removable (replaceable) insole
- Slip resistant sole
- Side Zipper with 8” and safety toe
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 16 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.86 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00814TYAE
- Item model number: ENFORCER 8" SZ N/L BOOT-M
- Date first listed on Amazon: June 29, 2005
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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I initially bought these to be worn as riding boots and quickly transitioned into my every day footwear. They have served me quite well and have even held up through a motorcycle accident. --The bike pinned my foot to the ground and dragged me 50 feet. The nylon shell was worn away at the ankle ball joint, but the padding and material beneath that held up firm.
After 3 years, the outer covering of the vinyl cuff at the top of the boots has worn down to the mesh that holds the fabric together.
Aside from these two things (worn vinyl cuff and the nylon side being ripped apart from road rash) the boot have held up great and are still very comfortable and wearable.
You won't go wrong with these boots. They fit the budget, wear well, look good and will last you. I'm a Deputy at 350lbs, wearing them on 10hr shifts and so far they haven't blown a zipper or showed signs of fatigue or breakdown. Hope this helps review helps you make your choice.
Fit is my big issue. I have average size feet and a fitted shoe for me is 10.5 regular width. The forst day I put these on I laced them up, pulled the laces snug and went on my way. My inner ankles rubbed all day long. I figured the boots needed some break in time and relacing might help. I have retied these boots in a dozen different ways to attempt to keep them snug enough so my foot doesn't slide and my ankle doesn't get rubbed raw. I have never had so much trouble with a tall pair of boots before. It got so bad I wore my old worn out boots for a couple weeks to let my feet heal. To this day I still have yet to find a lace tightness pattern (tighten a little here, try to keep loose there, watch slack here) that comfortably fits my foot all around. Currently despite my efforts it is loose in the toe and a little too snug at the ankles. If the zipper breaks and I have to tie these every day I would rather throw them out than spend 10 min every day trying to tie/adjust them in a way that is comfortable.
So the fit stinks, so what. Every foot is different you might say. While true, I dislike the build quality as well. I've been wearing these boots for about a month and I've had more than a few thread pulls from the fabric and a couple from the seams between leather and fabric. If threads are failing now, what about in 6 mo after the winter ice, snow and salt? And perhaps because it is a "ultralight" every obstacle I climb over, step on or encounter underfoot makes me worry.
The sole is so thin I feel like I have no protection underfoot. Granted I work in an urban environment indoors, I'd like a sole that protects my foot better. Were a situation to get hairy I want to have the confidence to move wherever I need to without the worry of what instability might arise. This boot does not inspire that confidence.
For now I'll use them only because I have to. My old boots despite the wear and tear and holes cry out to me everyday in the hopes that I will still wear them. Every morning when I zip up these boots I wish the old ones had more life left. I twist and turn my foot so my ankles find a spot they don't rub and I go to work...grumbling and wishing for something different.
I bought this to replace my Milwaukee zipper motorcycle riding boot that after seven years of service and a few zippers and then finally wore out the soles. I also had a hiking/work boot with steel toes, that I was also using for MC riding, as well (in between zipper repairs on the Milwaukee). Both of those boots took a while to break in (like 6 months) and the bates boot was cheaper and seemingly better than either boot.
Not a steel/composite toe boots:
I am not getting the steel toe with this version of the bates boot but I think the protection in the toes is good if I got in accident.
They are a lot more comfortable and my feat do not sweat in them like my former MC boots and I have not even had them a week. They are a little tough getting on via zipper but I have some room to address my feet swelling after an active ride; I can probably ware two sets of socks if I lace them for it.
The biggest benefit is the sole, it is rubber and it has wide spaces between the tracks, so if I put my foot down in some gravel, they do a great job at making contact with the ground and I don't slide, which has always been the issue. when I dump my bike in the past. .