Who We Are: Honor Bound Men and women in uniform take the call of public service to the extreme, setting aside their own comfort and safety to protect the rights, property and lives of others. In return, they deserve only the highest performance, most comfortable and best value footwear, made by a company that takes its duty as solemnly as soldiers and cops take theirs. Here are Bates’ credentials: One of the largest suppliers of footwear to the U.S. federal government and Department of Defense. A 120-year-old company. Part of Wolverine Worldwide, a billion dollar shoe corporation, giving us tremendous strength in R&D, purchasing and manufacturing. Priority access to the finest components and materials, including both Gore-Tex® and Vibram® as well as superior commodity products, from better leathers to stronger laces. Unlike most competitors, Bates’ entire business is making footwear for military, police and other uniformed public services. Over 1.5 million pairs of Bates boots and shoes are purchased each year.