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!
Im not paid nor compensated for this review.
These boots are fantastic soft comfortable oit of the box ( order your sneaker size) great construction i could not have asked for better and if i ever need another pair of boots it will be wilcox
Daniel W massachusetts
The most comfortable boots out the box. No break in period needed and has more than enough support.
Great product! The boots are very comfortable. The appearance is awesome. I’m a very proud owner. Had several friends ask me where I had purchased the boots and at first I was hesitant to tell them as I wanted to keep the look for myself. I will be a return customer. The only thing I might ask is a pull loop on back of boots.?!
Thank You !!!
Loyal to Red Wings for years, ordered these on line with caution. Arrived ahead of schedule, the new leather smell and quality craftsmanship removed my cautions. Once one my feet, their comfort is outstanding! Will purchase again without hesitation.
The Wilcox belt I just received is exactly what I was looking for--a matte black, full-grain cowhide item that I know will last a good, long while. Nothing fancy in terms of design, but rugged, sturdy, and nice-looking. Perfect for my needs. Thanks again, Wilcox Boots!
I’m skeptical about buying boots without trying them on but I went with my gut on this one and glad I did. It’s hard to find a comfortable work boot that also looks good. These are definitely worth the price and I will be definitely adding more colors to my collection.
Comfort, style and durability
Definitely looking forward to another pair, best boots I’ve owned
100 out of 10 recommend
These pair of boots have exceeded my expectations. All leather upper, inside and out, very well constructed. Once you break them in, they are Very Comfortable. Size is pretty much true to size.
I've owned a Wilcox Belt for a few years now, and it's holding up admirably. Far better than other manufacturers belts I've purchased in the past. High quality leather and buckle. I ordered an additional one as a backup, and a couple sizes smaller, as I've had a bit of a waist reduction in the past few years.
From the packaging, to the leather, everything about my purchase has exceeded my expectations from a quality standpoint. You can tell care was put into my order.
I am already scouting which pair of Wilcox I want to get next...
AFter bringing a question to Customer Service, I supremely pleased with the attentiveness of Wilcox and recommend them to my team. I wear them daily in my office. They are amazingly comfortable and durable. And when broken in, fit like fine leather gloves.
Being flat-footed, having a boot that I can wear all day long is paramount. The Kerns are not only one of the best-looking boots around, but they are high quality and feel awesome. I thought my Danners were super comfortable and way more comfortable than any Redwings I've owned. These boots out of the box are like sneakers in the skin of a boot, so glad I bought two pairs (brown & black) since these will probably sell out quickly. The only drag was having to wait so long since my size was out of stock, but Wilcox made it right with a discount code to purchase two pairs. Great customer service from what appears to be an awesome company making a great product that I have no doubt will probably last me a long while before having to re-sole.
The footbed and some are extremely comfortable, the leather is soft and easy to break in. Seems like a good construction and the I really am pleased with the look, once these wear out I may buy another and will be looking to purchase another style someday.
Just upon opening the box I knew this was something special! I've only owned my boots for a month or so but every time I wear them they get even better. Buy them!
I'm getting a pretty nice collection of boots now and I have to say these are my favorite. These have become my day to day shoe. They are quite comfortable from the get go, but like many quality shoes, they have a break in period. It took about a week or so but I didn't have any kind of problems like sore spots on my feet or anything like that. Just took a bit for the stiffness to get worked out. Now they are a pleasure to slip into.
Make no mistake about it, these are quality shoes and worth the money. I completely expect to be wearing these 10 years from now. I've gotten quite a few compliments on them too. They look great and feel good and the quality is there.
The only issue I had was with the sizing. For me they were not true to size. I had to return the original pair and get a half size larger, then I had to return that pair and get another half size larger. So, I eventually wound up with a full size larger than I wear in sneakers. It was really not a problem. The return is easily done and a shipping label provided. It was just hard to wait for my new beautiful boots but it was worth it because now the fit is perfect and I wear them constantly. Wilcox made this process as painless as they could.
So if you are on the fence about the boots from Wilcox just buy the boots. I'm sure I'm going to be back for another pair eventually.