Shoe brand wins $27M in military contracts


Bates, a brand of Rockford-based Wolverine Worldwide, makes Temperate Weather Combat boots for the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency. Courtesy Wolverine Worldwide

A shoe brand with a history of manufacturing military footwear has received contracts valued at $27 million to produce boots for U.S. allied forces.

Bates, a division of Rockford-headquartered Wolverine Worldwide, said it has been awarded contracts to manufacture Temperate Weather Combat boots by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to outfit allied forces in Afghanistan.

Bates will produce the boots at its Big Rapids facility.

The boots will be constructed of 100 percent American-made materials, and will be produced to meet Berry Amendment requirements.

About the boots

The Temperate Weather Combat boots use Vibramsoles to provide superior grip with rugged longevity.

In addition to the Vibram soles, the boots are built with GORE-TEXtechnology, which provides comfort and protection during intense activity by keeping water out while allowing sweat vapor to easily escape.

The contracts call for the production of boots in both black and tan colors.

“Bates continues to produce some of the world’s most technologically advanced footwear for men and women in combat,” said Blake Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide’s chairman, CEO and president.

Bates is one of the largest suppliers for the U.S. Department of Defense.

“We are committed to being the leader in providing footwear solutions for all branches of the U.S. military and are privileged to supply these performance benefits inherent in our Michigan-made combat boots,” Krueger said.

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