Founded in 1885, Bates is dedicated to the manufacture of tactical, military, police and security boots. The company started out as a modest footwear business and then went on to move into the area of military equipment in 1960. From then onwards, the great demand for the company's high performance military shoes and boots led it to dedicate all its resources to this sector and it is currently the leading footwear supplier to the Federal Government of the United States.

Thanks to its ongoing investment in R&D, Bates incorporates nothing but the best components and materials in its products, such as Gore-Tex®, Vibram®, Thinsulate®, etc. and technologies such as ICS (Individual Comfort System).