Bates proudly serves as one of the largest suppliers of footwear to the U.S. federal government, the Department of Defense and public service departments throughout the United States. Thanks to our parent company, Wolverine Worldwide, we benefit from a strength in R&D, purchasing and manufacturing that is paramount. Bates enjoys priority access to the finest components and materials, including GORE-TEX ® and Vibram®, as well as superior commodity products. And while the materials we use have changed throughout the years, our commitment to making the finest footwear for military, police, and other uniformed public services hasn’t. As a result, every one of the 1.5 million pairs of Bates boots and shoes we sell each year ultimately benefits those who deserve it most: men and women in uniform.