Shoes-Copy-test Bates has been making quality footwear for over 125 years, and it all started with the classic oxford shoe. Since then, Bates has expanded its shoe offering to include a variety of oxfords as well as traditional chukkas and sport shoes. Choose from everyday shoes as well as formal dress uniform shoes. All are made with superior materials and can stand up to the challenges of military, law enforcement, and public service settings.