Lightweight boot for all day action. Walk on clouds 'til the sun goes down.
  • 360° Goodyear welt
  • Premium full-grain leathers

$290 Traditional Retail price


Direct to Consumer price

The Kern Boot fits true-to-size in length & width for most feet, with a slightly more narrow toe shape than our other lasts. 

Size guide: Order the size you most commonly wear in US-sized sneakers.

Between sizes? Choose the larger size. 
• For example: If some of your sneakers are 9 and some are 9.5, order a 9.5 in our boots.

Width: E - All our boots are an E width. This means a little more breathing room than standard shoe width (D).

Wide Foot? Most people with EE width find our boots fit them well if they either (a) go up a half size, (b) replace our standard insole with a thinner insole for more room, or (c) do both.
• You can do the same thing (a) or (b) if you prefer a roomier toe box or like to wear thicker socks. Either way gives you a little more wiggle room around your toes.
• 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.

Full sizes: 8 - 13
Half sizes: 8.5 - 11.5

Free Returns & Exchanges
• 100 days to Return or Exchange
• We cover the cost of shipping the item back to us too, so there's no stress involved.
• Read our full returns policy here

Fast Secure Shipping
• Orders ship out by the next business day
• See more shipping info here


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

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).




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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 161 reviews
Dave Lewis (Cincinnati, US)
Great Boots

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Bo Champion
4 stars only because I couldn't get them in all black.

Needed all black for work. Unable to get them in all black but was told the middle was stainable. Ordered the black leather with black sole and tan middle. They arrived promptly. Out of the box, these boots were a little difficult to get on because I have a high instep, so this is a problem I have with most boots. It gets easier each time. Now, once I get these heaven- sent gifts from God on my feet.... Holy cow, literally can (and do) wear them all day. I don't work a normal 8 hour day, so I end up wearing these boots 14-18 hours at a time with no problem at all. I own quite a few pairs of boots, both for work and non- work activities and if these aren't the most comfortable pair of boots that I own, it would be because I also own a pair of the Wilcox Shiloh....

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.


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 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.

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