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- Leather and synthetic
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately 7.5" from arch
- Durable, easy to clean leather and nylon upper
- Breathable lining
- Cushioned removable insert
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8" Women's Bates Tactical Sport Side - zip Duty Boots protect and serve your feet with support and slip - resistance! When the demands on feet and ankles escalate, the #1 selling Bates boot always rises to the occasion, while the side-zip design makes them easier to put on and remove. Now 30% lighter than their original model, these longstanding force veterans feature breathable mesh linings, fully cushioned removable insoles with shock-absorbing pads and slip-resistant Ultra-Lites Rubber Outsoles so when you put your foot down, it stays there. More: Side-zip for easy on / off; Soft toe; Cement construction; Measure approx. 8" in height; Lightweight... 2 lbs. State Size. Order Now! 8" Women's Bates Tactical Sport Side-zip Boots
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.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00816BRY8
- Item model number: ENFORCER 8 Inch-W
- Date first available at Amazon.com: May 31, 2005
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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This version has a flap that covers the top of the zipper, which I like and keeps the zipper from catching on hems. The previous version had metal eyelets and zippers; this one has plastic. Even so, I preferred this boot to others I tried. Since my older Bates boots are now falling apart, I'll keep these and report back at some point.
The platform of the boot is great- it has good traction, and has good cushion and flexibility. The leather breaks in quickly to flex comfortably at the ball. The 8-inch height keeps my ankles stable when I lift heavy patients. The zipper is extremely useful for quick removal to get a nap between calls, and just as quick to put back on when the pager goes off. They also fit better than similarly sized men's boots (petite women like me in EMS don't have too much selection in tactical footwear).
Unfortunately for me though, the construction seems a bit off. Maybe it's just me? If I lace the boots to be snug, the zipper digs into my ankles, even with boot socks on. If I leave the laces looser, I'm reminded by every step that there's no padding between my ankle and the upper half of the boot, plus it feels too big (I'm typically a straight 7.5, but I suspect the 7s may have fit me better). Another minor con is that the leather scuffs easily, but I expected that because I use the top of my toe to unlock the brakes on hospital beds/ stretcher wheels/ etc.
If it weren't for my issues with the fit, I'd give the boot another star, but until then, I'll stick with my big, men's-sized, padded 5.11 ATAC shields.