I like the Kern so much that I bought the black version with the white soles. I’ve been wearing this boot almost every day for the past year and it has not let me down.
Great looking boots and very comfortable right out of the box. Strongly recommend!
I’ve got the Kern in brown with black soles and black with black soles. Super comfy right outta da box! No break-in required. Roomy toebox for heavier socks. I put a set of @generationlaces on both pairs and they were perfect! Definitely recommended.
This is my second pair of The Kern boots, black and brown now! The most comfortable boots I’ve ever worn on the first wear! They’ve become my daily Go-To boots.
I purchased a pair of Kerns for work after owning 2 pairs of Wilcox Fairfax, 1 black, 1 brown, which are my everyday go to outside of work. I found the Kern to be a little roomier in fit, very comfy, and the leather incredibly durable. I’ve delivered bread for 35 years and this job is surprisingly hard on shoes, usually the toes get chewed up from kicking around stacks of bread, a month in and they’re still flawless! I put in anywhere from 10,000 - 15,000 steps in a day and my feet have new life! I’ve always bought high quality shoes/boots especially for work, these are a game changer!
Things that can be improved upon:
Hook eyelets on the top two.
A bigger pull strap, I can’t hook my finger in there.
When it comes time to re-sole these, I will have the shoe cobbler put in bigger straps & hook eyelets.
Love these boots!
I have only had these boots a few weeks and I am exceptionally satisfied with this purchase. Some thoughts on my first few weeks:
Comfort - It took a week to give these boots the initial break in, which could be expected for any high quality leather boot), and after the first week, these boots feel AMAZING. I wear the boots all day long - and am on my feet all day long. I'm a teacher and I'm on my feet all day. By time I get home after working up to ten hours, I'm really in no rush to take them off as they're that comfortable! The sizing is great. I wear a 12.5 and the 13s feel perfect!
Support - I have flat feet, am recovering from two ankle surgeries, and have a neuroma in my foot (think walking on a marble) so I use an orthotic. Orthotic aside, these boots comfortably hug my foot and I have zero concerns with anything happening to my feet. These are the boots I've been looking for!
Looks: I admire the stitching on these boots every time I grab them and put them on. I wear them with jeans and dress casual pants and they look great either way. Hell, these boots would look great with just about anything. The stitching screams of great craftsmanship and the leather feels great. I'm getting lots of compliments on them!
Durability - Although I've only had these a few weeks, once you get these in your hands and on your feet, it's easy to see these boots are meant to last! That stitching though...
All-in-all I am exceptionally satisfied with these boots. While the price tag might deter some, keep in mind these boots will last YEARS AND YEARS! You will not be disappointed with these amazing boots!
I have my second pair of Wilcox boots and am very pleased with the fit, the comfort and the quality
I love my boots so far!! Quite comfortable yet it still needs some break in. I usually wear it casually along with jeans. I definitely will buy another pairs in black soon!
Wilcox belts are just incredibly well made. The 1.25 works for nearly everything I have. I'll definitely be a return customer for belts AND boots.
This is a really beautiful leather belt for a great price! You should definitely buy!
I love my Wilcox boots this is my second pair of these boots and I'm still wearing the first pair! Best boots I've ever worn
Recently bought my first pair of Wilcox boots, a beautiful pair of brown leather Shiloh's. They are superbly made and oh so comfortable. I look forward wearing them for years to come. Their service and delivery are excellent. I can whole heartedly recommend Wilcox.
I've had these on my wish list for a number of years and I finally pulled the trigger. I'm so glad I did! They are comfortable and well made. They took about 10 days of wear to break in (felt a little tight in the toe at first), but are now a dream!!! I'm looking forward to putting many miles into these bad boys!
They feel great right out of the box and run true to size. great craftsmanship and quality leather.
Kern Boots are the best Boots I’ve ever had. Enough said!! Just received my second pair.
Walk on clouds 'til the sun goes down.
LIGHTWEIGHT BOOT FOR ALL DAY ACTION
The Kern is our lightest boot, made for long days on the street, shop floor or maybe even a dance floor?
Heavy moon boots are a thing of the past.
Constructed with CloudCush™ Comfort
What the f*#k is CloudCush™ Comfort?
Premium Full-Grain Leathers
360° Goodyear Welt
Tough & Soft
BUILT TO TAKE A BEATING...
AND FLOAT ON CLOUDS WHILE DOING IT.
- Timeless Style
- No Retail Markup
- Timeless Style
- Specific Use
- Retail Markup
- Timeless Style
- Specific Use
- Retail Markup
Day 1 to Day 365
Built To Take A Beating
Overtime with use, your leather gear will buff out marks and scratches into a rich and lustrous patina that is exclusively yours. From day one to 365, your boots will weather but not wear out, creating a handsome, rich character unique to you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Wilcox Worry-Free Warranty
We stand behind our products. Like any heritage goods, if you take care of them, they’ll take care of you. We guarantee each item against failure or defect in its intended use for 12 months after the date of purchase. The materials and craftsmanship used in our boots and other leather goods will hold up with normal use for a long time, but given the complexities of anyone using our products wherever and however they wish, we’d be silly to say our boots are indestructible. If you experience any defect in material or workmanship, please contact us so that our customer support team can assist.
It's not just about comfort.
4 Layers of Comfort that ADAPT to you
CloudCush™ Comfort is an adaptable system that lets you customize the fit to your feet.
Regardless of the insole you go with, our industry-leading PORON® foam footbed is still at the base of it all to provide premium shock absorption and quick rebound.
Natural cork base layer that creates an imprint of the wearer’s foot. The cork slowly forms to your foot over time, and increases the comfort of the pair every wear.
CELTEC® shaped shank that provides stability to the boot, and helps with arch support.
Anti-microbial PORON® foam footbed which makes the boots feel soft right from the first wear and provides premium shock absorption and quick rebound from sunrise to sunset.
Removable OrthoBoost™ foam insole to provide all-day support and give your feet a soft cradling feel (that would please most podiatrists).
Where Durability Meets Comfort
The welt is a strip of leather about an inch wide that connects the upper leather to the midsole. Its outer edge cam be seen around the edge of the boot.
This is the tell-tale sign of the highest tier of shoemaking that allows boots to be easily resoled and fully rebuilt, allowing them to last for years to come
XL EXTRALIGHT® SOLES
XL EXTRALIGHT® soles are more comfortable, lighter, stronger and better performing than similar foam wedge soles with the same mechanical properties. Weighing 3x less than other materials, they are light, flexible and a natural shock absorber, for stress-free foot and back comfort.
This means the leather used on our boots has not been sanded, buffed, or treated in anyway to remove natural imperfections. Sanding or buffing removes the layer of skin below the hair, but this is the strongest and most durable part of the hide - so you don’t want to lose it.
This leather shows characteristics of the hide it came from, and only gets better with age.
This age of leather is perfect for the inside of the boot. It’s buttery smooth but still durable and breathable.
Together with our CloudCush™️ Comfort system, this makes for a snug pair of boots.