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Rampart Range Day – Belleville

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

For the patrol law enforcement customer, Belleville’s Tactical Research line has launched the “Fatt Maxx”. Corey Etheridge, Belleville’s Director of International Sales describes the boot as a marriage of a traditional combat boot and a feather pillow; LE officers standing on concrete and pavement really appreciate the emphasis on sole cushioning for anti-fatigue in the foot.

Belleville – Exodus 451

Monday, May 9th, 2016

During last week’s Warrior West I got to check out a new hot weather boot from Belleville. The Exodus 451 incorporates Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Technology.

This new construction is radically different than what you are used to with Gore-Tex lined boots. In the past, they used a bootie shaped liner that was sewn into the boot. With Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Technology, the membrane is laminated directly to the boot’s outer material, mimicking the construction of outerwear. The result is a boot that is lighter, cooler to the foot in hot weather, and more breathable.

Initially, the Exodus 451 is offered in Black, but a Coyote version is on the way.


Warrior West – Bates Introduces Two New AR 670-1 Compliant Boots

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Bates Footwear has introduced two new Coyote Brown, AR 670-1 compliant boots.

Cobra Hot Weather Jungle Boot

The 8″ Cobra features updated jungle styling with flesh out cattle hide uppers combined with abrasion resistant nylon panels. As you can see, they’ve perforated the leather to enhance breathability (looks like pinholes in the photo) and incorporated a low profile lacing system, The boot also features Bates’ anti-fatigue Endurance Performance System, a stabilizing nylon shank and a multi-terrain rubber lug outsole.

Ranger Hot Weather Boot

The Ranger Hot Weather also offers flesh out cattle hide uppers combined with abrasion resistant nylons panels. However, in addition to perforations in the leather in the instep area of the boot, the Ranger features to toe lacing.  Also, there is a stabilizing nylon shank, EVA foam midsole for custom and a rubber lug outsole.  


Win a Pair of Salomon Boots from Tactical Distributors

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Drawing is June 1st.


Any Of You Guys Wear These?

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

When I joined the Army in 1985 this chevron sole design was the issue combat boot for the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. Just a year later they started issuing a slightly upgraded model but this one was worn by soldiers throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. Did you ever wear them?

Photo: Lee-Jackson Militaria

Converse Coral Shoes

Thursday, March 31st, 2016


Here’s something you don’t see everyday, a pair of issue Coral Shoes by Converse, dating from Operation Desert Storm.


I’m curious, does anyone have any additional details on these?

Thanks Cool Arrow Kicker!

UPDATE: Here’s a photo from Travis at Mayflower of his Tan and Green pair from when he was on a dive team.


Bates Footwear Awarded $30.5 Million United States Marine Corps Contract for Temperate Weather Boots

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

ROCKFORD, MI (March 23, 2016) — Bates® Footwear, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, announced today it has been awarded a contract to manufacture Temperate Weather boots for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) under a new five year U.S. Government contract.

“I applaud today’s announcement, which will support jobs in Big Rapids, further diversify Michigan’s manufacturing sector, and help keep U.S. Marines safe with quality, reliable footwear,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI). “I also commend Bates Footwear for its unwavering commitment to serving and honoring the brave men and women that make our military strong.”

Although the Temperate Weather boot will be a new production line for Bates Footwear in 2016, the boot itself is not unfamiliar to the USMC as Bates produced a similar Temperate Weather boot from to 2007 to 2014. Each boot is constructed with Vibram® “Sierra” soles to provide superior grip with increased longevity. The boots will be manufactured in Big Rapids, Michigan and will be constructed of 100% American-made materials.

U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga (R-MI) said, “Michigan has a history of providing our servicemen and servicewomen with reliable high quality footwear. I am proud to see the U.S. Marine Corps continue this tradition by choosing to outfit our Marines with boots made in West Michigan. It is vital that the men and women serving in our Armed Forces have access to the best equipment available. In terms of footwear, that means having military boots manufactured by Bates.”

“We are very proud to once again provide the United States Marine Corps with a dependable, enduring Temperate Weather Boot. Bates remains committed to upholding the values of the United States Department of Defense and the Marine Corps,” said Andrew Fowler, Vice President and General Manager, Bates Footwear.

U.S. Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI) said, “I congratulate all the hardworking men and women at Bates for winning the Marines contract. This is wonderful news for Big Rapids and for manufacturing in Michigan. Marines have been wearing Bates products for decades and this contract means they will be wearing the world’s best boots for another five years.”


32 North STABILicers

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

STABILicers are American made tarction decices that are worn attached to the soles of your footwear.  This is the Hike XP model.

The Hike XP incorporates their SureFit™ binding system and contoured insole provide a secure fit. These are a great option for those wearing commercial hiking boots in icy and other slippery conditions. Made from a Lightweight Thermo Plastic Elastomer that remains pliable in cold weather, they also incorporate replaceable cleats.

While the model I’ve shown is for use with hiking boots, several models will fit military footwear.