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!
Wore these to a trip to Scotland/Ireland. Comfortable all day. Lots of walking. Great boot.
The best that's it.
The shipping was very quick. Literally a few days. Break in time was only a couple of days as well. Very comfortable. I wear them 8 hours per day. No sore feet. Very stylish as well. I will buy again.
They are beauty and terrifically comfortable! Like walking on the clouds ☁️ ☁️☁️
Love the fit. Love the comfort. And loved how they smelled like real leather shoes when I opened the box!
Love the boot! Ordered 1/2 size larger than usual, which worked out just right. Comfortable right out of the box. No break-in needed, and very well made. Happy camper here.
I have bought and wear many high-end boots over the years. These Wilcox Boots rate as good or better than many. I had knee surgery and my surgeon suggested a flat sole boot. My Wilcox Kerns fit the bill and provided the needed support and comfort. This is my second pair of Wilcox and currently waiting on my third pair.
I have had these boots since December and have worn them nearly every day since. They were comfortable out of the box but as they have broken in it’s just gotten better. The wear and patina on the boot is beautiful, the construction is sturdy, and they are so lightweight (for boots). I have pretty flat feet and often have foot pain—but not in these boots.
This is my 3rd pair of Wilcox boots. Just like the Fairfax and Shiloh these are fantastic, super comfy, like walking on air. Unfortunately, I've not had the opportunity to wear them for any length of time, but there's no doubt these will live up to expectations. The fit is right on and they wear fine right out of the box. It took a minute to get the order right as the wrong color was originally sent out, but customer service is exceptional and the problem was resolved. Highly recommend any of the Wilcox boots - simply the best.
I like the boots. I purchased and put them on right away. Tight but relaxed quick for me. I where these for causal dress. The only thing I can say I don’t like is the glue smell. My closet smells like these boots. Not a bad thing just the truth. I would buy another pair. Maybe pigeon blood coloring if they had it.
Received my first pair of Shilo Boots and I they didn't fit.....I was bummed BUT I contacted Wilcox Customer Service and they gave me all the info to return the boots. I normally wear a 9.5 boot/shoe but these were just a bit too tight and my big toe was hitting the front. Exchanged them for a size 10. Best part was the boots went back and the replacements were back in a week. The boots fit great and after wearing them for one day (it is the summer so not wearing them a lot) they feel great and are already forming to my feet.
Highly reccomend the boots for comfort and style. Can't wait for the weather to get a little cooler so I can wear them a lot more often. I usually take a MC trip with freinds and these will be my new riding boots.
The boots are as advertised. Very happy with them
Haven’t received them yet
These boots are great right out of the box. Very comfortable and no break-in needed. Only problem seems to be getting replacement laces. Finally had to order the flat version, not what I wanted.
So far I have had a tough time breaking these. The leather is thick. I took them to a cobbler to have them stretched. Wilcox states that the boots are an E but it is a very narrow E. I likely will have to remove the insole to pick up a little bit more room in order to use them daily. These are good looking for style. Not sure how well the hold up to a factory but if I can get them to quit hurting my feet long enough to use them I will find out.