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H-D Footwear Riding Sneakers

Post by Brad Schneck

I will admit that proper footwear while riding a motorcycle has never been a strong priority of mine. My ignorance of the need was not based on a particular reasoning. I’ve worn sneakers on most occasions, and they’ve served me well. Over time I recognized the need for more proper gear in a few areas. I made an effort at proper footwear in the form of steel toes, and eventually a pair of leather riding boots. However, I found these boots to be heavy, Continue reading H-D Footwear Riding Sneakers


Screen Shot 2018-05-27 at 5.36.16 PM If there is one thing I enjoy about writing & reviewing products, it’s the opportunity afforded to me to try out products and report the results back to you, our biker audience. In this case, HARLEY-DAVIDSON FOOTWEAR sent me 3 pairs of boots many months ago. Continue reading IRON TRADER NEWS HAS PUT HARLEY-DAVIDSON FOOTWEAR TO TEST, AND THE WINNER IS…

Bates Footwear Prepares to Hit the Road as Part of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis

12Rockford, MI – July 27, 2017The 2017 Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis is kicking off, taking more than a dozen veterans on the ride of a lifetime halfway across the country from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Bates Footwear, the Official Footwear of the Ride, has equipped participants with their Freedom and Bomber motorcycle boots to accompany riders on their journey.13
The 9-day ride departs from Sun Valley, CA and takes veterans through some of the most beautiful parts of the country, with extensive riding through the many National Parks of Utah and over the Rocky Mountains. Along the way, riders will don their American-made Bates motorcycle boots as they make their way to the nation’s largest motorcycle rally.

14On Saturday, August 5th, the group will arrive in South Dakota and make a ceremonial grand entrance into the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Participants will then enjoy all that the event has to offer, including an appearance on stage at the famous Buffalo Chip, riding in the Black Hills, and more.

The Ride to Sturgis is just one of the ways in which Veterans Charity Ride supports wounded and severely injured veterans from all branches of service. The non-profit organization uses motorcycle therapy and other life-changing programs to provide uplifting and healing experiences for these veterans, and Bates Footwear is proud to support their efforts.

15You can follow along with the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis on social media by following #veteransride and #batesvcr. Learn more about the Veterans Charity Ride at www.VeteransCharityRide.org.

Check out the American-made Bates Freedom and Bomber motorcycle boots that the veterans will be wearing at www.BatesFootwear.com, and follow Bates Footwear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.

About Bates Footwear
Founded in 1885, Bates is one of the largest suppliers of footwear to the U.S. federal government and Department of Defense, providing men and women in uniform with everything from dress shoes to tactical boots. Built on a rich tradition of quality craftsmanship, Bates has applied the brand’s dedication to market-leading innovations to offer a new choice in motorcycle footwear. Learn more at www.batesfootwear.com.


Feet So Happy You’ll Wanna Dance!

Feet So Happy You’ll Wanna Dance!

H-D Footwear has bikers covered in all situations with boots and shoes that boldly represent a riding life. But as the riding season revs up across the country, we’re all about practicality and comfort. That means turning to H-D Footwear’s Performance Line, a group of riding boots for men and women that address the demands of riders by focusing on durability and safety.

The new Parkwood for men combines lightweight materials, including breathable mesh, with cement construction and a slip-resistant rubber outsole that defends against oil and abrasion. It’s a classic six-inch lace up that provides ankle protection plus flexibility.

The pragmatic Berkner for women is a low-cut black leather boot with a 1.5” heel, mesh lining and cushioned top. But is doesn’t skim on style, featuring abrasion-resistant overlays, silver-tone details and copious H-D branding—plus solid, Goodyear welt construction.

Any boot feels better with comfortable socks and H-D Footwear has a selection of them, including CoolMax designs with details that make a difference—such as moisture-wicking technology and cushioning. It’s a fact: happy feet make the ride better!

Find your nearest dealer and see the entire line at harley-davidsonfootwear.com. They’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, too.

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“Freedom” Riding Boot from Bates Footwear Now In Stock

Rockford, MI – January 17, 2017 – The latest offering from Bates Footwear, the Freedom riding boot, is now in stock and available online and through select powersports dealers. The Freedom offers motorcyclists premium performance, protection and all-day comfort, and is 100% sourced and manufactured in the United States.

1Constructed from water-resistant leather & nylon uppers, the 6-inch Freedom boot features Dri-Lex® lining to keep cool, dry and comfortable. Poron XRD® impact foam in the side panels offers total ankle protection, while leather toe shift reinforcements ensure longevity. The boots are anchored by a rugged Vibram® rubber lug outsole for sure footing on and off the bike. The Freedom is sourced in the United States and is proudly manufactured in the Wolverine Worldwide factory in Big Rapids, Michigan.

2The Bates design team incorporated several features that pay tribute to Bates Footwear’s American Military heritage. The five embossed stars on the heel of the boot represent the five branches of the US Armed Forces, while the red welt stitching along the top of the sole is a reminder of the sacrifices made by our military. The American flag on the outside of the right boot is shown with the field of stars facing forward to symbolize the flag being carried into battle.

34Bates Footwear Freedom Features

  • Water-Resistant Leather & Nylon
  • Dri-Lex® Lining
  • Leather Toe Shift Reinforcement
  • Nylon Collar
  • Poron XRD® Side Impact Foam
  • Vibram® Rubber Lug Outsole
  • Leather Welt Construction
  • Made in the USA
  • Available in Black/Camo or Brown
  • 5100% Sourced and Manufactured in the United States
    • Leather made in Vicksburg, MS
    • Upper Nylon made in New York, NY
    • Laces made in Cumberland, RI
    • Lacing Hardware made in Stoughton, MA
    • Thread made in Mt. Holly, NC
    • Inside Lining made in Weymouth, MA
    • Cushion Insert made in Wadsworth, OH
    • Insole made in Hampton, NH
    • Midsole and Outsole made in Concord, MA
    • Assembled in Big Rapids, MI
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    The Bates Footwear Freedom motorcycle boot is in stock and available online and through select powersports dealers. Learn more about the Bates Footwear PowerSports Line at www.BatesFootwear.com, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.