Kern

Lightweight boot for all day work. Floating on clouds 'til the sun goes down.
  • 360° Goodyear welt
  • Premium full-grain leathers
  • Free shipping & returns in US
  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
Regular price$245.00
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Free Shipping in domestic USA
• Orders ship out by the next business day
• See non-domestic shipping info here

Free Returns & Exchanges
• We cover the cost of shipping the item back to us too, so there's no stress involved.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 146 reviews
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Jesus Estrada (Los Angeles, US)
Excellent boots

Comfort, style and durability
Definitely looking forward to another pair, best boots I’ve owned
100 out of 10 recommend

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Rob P. (San Diego, US)
Many Compliments on these Boots

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.

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Toby (Yuma, US)
Almost perfect

I really like these boots. They are my first nice pair of boots. They took a week or so to break in, but they weren’t super uncomfortable during the break in period. I would have given them five stars but I heard the pull strap tear when I went to put them on when they were new and stiff. No visible damage but still worries me a bit. It was probably my fault. I have on more than one occasion been accused of forcing something big into a small opening.

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JoseLuis Lopez
Great Boots

These boots are great. Really comfortable and durable. The leather upper is really tuff and resistant to scuffs and scratches. The inner lining is nice and soft aswell. The insole is more than just your basic insole it's got lots of cushion. The XL Extralite sole is great too lots of grip but not too stiff like some thick clunky rubber soles. I use my boots inside walking on hard concrete surfaces and I have no problem with my feet at the end of the work day. These boots are good for any occasion work or going out.

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Bo Aragon (Las Vegas, US)
Beware of these boots

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!

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Raymond Seballos (Strongsville, US)
Very comfortable

I really like this boot and it is very comfortable. It fits true to size. I have very skinny feet so I have to lace them up fairly tightly. My only suggestion would be to put some padding on the tongue of the shoe. However, I can wear them all day in jeans or dress pants.

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Craig Redinger (Richland, US)
6 pair

Can you tell I love these boots. My first Shiloh's have been re-soled twice and the patina is the best. I put them on more times a month than all the other's combined. The Kern's are a great comfortable casual city hiker for me, and go great with jeans or shorts. My newer Shiloh's and my Fairfax are great for the boot look and are substantial for a scooter ride.
If you only buy one pair or all, just do it you will be happy.

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Jimmy P. (Milford, US)
Great Quality and Comfortable!!!

These boots are of great quality and super comfortable for standing all day and for performing at live shows. I chose the Kern because of the cushion, and they keep you feeling very stable and comfortable on stage during performance. I was impressed with the packaging and the quality, as I am typically very skeptical when buying shoes on line. I am between size 11.5 and 12, so I went with the 12 as I have wider feet. They felt great right when I put them on, and they are even feeling better after each use, as they break in. I have the black with white soles and now I want to save up for the brown w/ black soles!

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T.L. (Orlando, US)
Nice boots

I've had them two weeks now. They look good.. very comfortable. Seem to be well made (I'll let time be the judge of that). I got size 12.. which, contrary to others here, I found to be just a tad large..
So far, I'm very happy with them.

HOW TO STYLE

The Kern is our lightest boot, so they're up for long days on the street in the shop, or hell - even on the dance floor.

Pair 'em with a denim jacket and some black jeans to hit the streets. Throw them on with a corduroy shirt and head to the mountains.

They'll work with whatever you're working with.

WHAT'S INSIDE

We cut a Kern boot in half to peak inside its light & fluffy guts
CLOUDCUSH™ COMFORT

Layer 1: 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.

Layer 2: CELTEC® shaped shank that provides stability to the boot, and helps with arch support.

Layer 3: 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.

Layer 4: Removable OrthoBoost™ foam insole to provide all-day support and give your feet a soft cradling feel (that would please most podiatrists).

🔨 TOUGH & SOFT ☁️

BUILT TO TAKE A BEATING...
AND FLOAT ON CLOUDS WHILE DOING IT.

Removable OrthoBoost™ Insole

Shoe Construction

The heritage constructed Kern boot features a 360° Goodyear Welt with an XL Extralight PU wedge sole on moon juice steroids.

The full-grain leather uppers and calfskin lining make it incredibly durable yet comfortable enough to wear all day.

GOODYEAR WELT

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.

FULL-GRAIN UPPERS

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.

CALFSKIN LINING

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.

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