The Ol' Founding Story
As far as we're concerned, Wilcox has always existed - it just took some time for us to recognize it and give it a name. It's a way of thinking. A way of being.
The Wilcox way is building, exploring, and living an adventurous life. Calculating risks & chasing your curiosity.
From the first taste we got of building a shed with grandpa, then our own skate ramps in the driveway, to when we were finally able to kick start dad's old Honda XR, we've been hooked on the thrill of building, exploring, and living an adventurous life.
The rubber really hit the road for this thing we call Wilcox in 2014 on a motorcycle tour south of Mexico. A heavy storm placed fate in the palm of our hands. Taking cover in a small town jam-packed with leather workers and boot makers, we discovered the craftsmanship & care of handmade welted boots. That trip literally paved the way for what became Wilcox.
Put all those things together, and add a love for the classic things in life, and here we are today. We're still fueled by those same principles we learned when we were young.
We exist to build the best damn boots we can and follow our curiosity along the way.
What makes a quality boot?
For years we wore through boots in less than a season, then we realized - footwear these days wasn't made to last. It's disposable. We were tired of the existing options. Classic leather boots are rarely comfortable. Comfortable boots are rarely stylish. They're too expensive, or poorly made. Our goal has always been to blend modern comfort with classic styles & heritage construction - all at the right price. Our boots are built to last, with a resoleable Goodyear Welt.
Our primary goal as bootmakers is to practice & preserve the heritage methods of shoemaking. While most footwear brands have replaced quality with quantity, we've doubled down on using the best techniques with the best materials.
Since its invention in the late 1800s, and to this day, the Goodyear Welt is still the most durable method of shoe construction.
"They don't make 'em like they used to." Fortunately for you, we do.
It's home to the largest footwear industry in the west. Leon is to boots as Detroit is to cars.
In selecting where to produce, we wanted to work where there was a long history of bootmakers and local access to all of our materials. In fact, all our materials are made within a 10 mile radius of our production line. León is known as "the footwear capital of the world" and is the heart of footwear in North America.
Producing in this important center allows us to build premium boots without any constraints on materials or highly talented craftsmen. This means none of the materials are shipped overseas and our carbon footprint is hyper localized.
Having worked, traveled, studied & volunteered throughout North America across multiple decades, one of our goals was to bring together the design, materials, skills, & economies of scale from our great continent. With our long-standing collaboration, we've built a company that is known for producing high quality products without going overseas to slash costs.
Like most things in life, the beginning was bumpy and we're still a little rough around the edges. In our 8th year now, we're proud of the history we're creating and excited for what the future holds.
We wouldn't be here without support from boot enthusiasts all over the world. Over 20,000 customers from 30 countries and counting! Thank you!
Comfortable, timeless design that's also functional. Will definitely be buying from Wilcox again.
I think the finishing touches of these boots outpace the price. Very high quality materials and very comfortable. I am an 11 in most shoes so I sized down a half size. These are a little short so I would recommend ordering your usual size. My next pair, and yes there will be more, will be an 11.
A repeat customer. Had a pair of Wilcox boots in brown, wanted to add a pair in black. Out of the box comfort with perfect fit. Old pair is a staple in my wardrobe. Appropriate for casual or business casual.
Well made and comfortable will keep purchasing from this manufacturer.
I love these boots everybody comments on them and wants to know where I bought them.
I've had my Shiloh's for about 3 years and they've been possibly the best shoes/boots I've ever owned. They've been amazingly comfortable from day one. And now they're even more comfortable than my tennis shoes. This may be the year I get new treads on them but they have lots of life left in the leather. I may even get a 2nd pair just to have a clean pair to wear as causal dress.
The most comfortable boots I've ever had. They seem very well made. I am a maintenance guy walking around all day climbing ladders etc. I dont even take these off when I come home all the other boot I've owned couldn't wait to take them off. I will order another pair in a week or so.
I am never sure about ordering boots on-line without seeing them but these arrived and the quality was better than I expected. I have had them a short time and they are more comfortable every time I wear them.
Beware of these boots because they’re made for more than walking and you’ll probably end up with two pairs just like I did. Comfort, craftsmanship and style are a 10/10. Money well spent!
The boots are very comfortable and look very nice. I would recommend them to others, and will purchase them again in the future.
Purchased a black pair back when Wilcox was a start up for riding. Great right out of the box. Probably will have to resole next year. Needed work boots and I really didn’t have to think about what boot would do the job. I get many compliments on the Rust Shiloh that I’ve been wearing for the past two months.
I am in construction and have had every boot on the market. I ordered Wilcox to give them a shot and I'm proud to say I will be returning to them on my next set of boots!
Super comfortable and versatile! Great quality product that I’ll wear for years! Thx, Mark-Seattle
This belt has been my go to everyday since I got it. Durable leather, classic style, fit is fine ordering one up from my pant size.
I bought these a few years ago and use them hard. (Harder than I should've to be honest. Hunting, hiking, motorcycle, farm.) They look even better with time. I've had them re-soled once,(hunting trip in hard/wet conditions ripped off the heel.) Still love them whether polished or not.
Only gripe is the back/forth shipping took a while and the insert that came w/ them was virtually useless, just a piece of fabric almost.
(I got my own inserts,) and that was all they needed.
I've considered buying a 2nd pair but don't want to spend the dough yet.
I've had other friends purchase, and I'm glad we all have.
Most of the time they're not polished.