A global leader in footwear, Bates was founded in 1885 in Massachusetts. The company quickly grew, manufacturing over one million shoes for the U.S. government during WWII. A trusted brand, even President Eisenhower wore Bates. Today, Bates is one of the largest suppliers of footwear to the U.S. Department of Defense. Designed for military personnel, law enforcement officers and others who work in demanding or hazardous working conditions, Bates delivers dependable, innovative footwear. Market leading technology reduces fatigue and increases comfort with breakthroughs such as DuraShocks, a lightweight, energy-returning outsole and iCS (Individual Comfort System), which provides customized comfort. Bates has priority access to premium materials, including GORE-TEX and Vibram, as well as the best leather and laces. Incredibly durable and functional, Bates footwear is ready for hard work.