Xerocole™ - Women's Desert Hiking Boot
The Xerocole (Zee-Ra-Kohl) is our performance women's desert hiking boot. Whether you are hiking in Moab or tackling the Arizona Trail, the Xerocole provides all day comfort, best in class breathability, durability and protection while on the trail.
Women's sizes: We recommend choosing your normal size. If you have a narrow or low-volume foot, consider choosing 1/2 size down. (i.e. if you are a 10 choose 9.5).
Men's sizes: the men's boots are designed with a roomier fit. We recommend if you have wide or fuller feet, choose your normal size. For men's sizing that is regular to narrow, we recommend sizing down 1/2 size from your usual size (i.e. if you are a 10, choose 9.5).
The Xerocole is Biocircular™, meaning it is made only from materials with 100% proven paths back to nature, is repairable through the Erem Reboot program, and can be re-streamed into new, ‘tough as a cactus’ boots over and over again.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns
Erem will accept returns of all unworn and unaltered products for up to 30 days for a full refund to your original method of payment, or an exchange in a different size. Your return will not be accepted if they arrive with any signs of outdoor wear.
Built For Desert Performance
The Xerocole upper is held together with stitching rather than adhesive lamination (which is the industry norm). This allows the 18oz, woven canvas and reverse, full-grain leather upper to truly breathe. The upper is loose-lined with moisture-wicking, 100% Tencel™ Lyocell to regulate foot temperature and naturally prevent odor.
The Xerocole features a single-piece, rubber sole stitched to the upper to prevent delamination while enabling repairability. 1.8-2.0 mm reverse, full-grain, leather in the upper is a robust yet flexible material that provides puncture and abrasion protection on all critical wear-points.
A three-quarter gusset and padded collar keep out trail dust and debris, preventing odor, irritation, and blisters. An integrated, 3.0 mm toe bumper smooths out uneven footing while a wood-fiber shank board gives torsional support and protection in rocky terrain. Deep, 6.0 mm tread lugs ensure steady traction even in loose substrate.
All Day Comfort
Erem’s shock-absorbing insole firmly cradles the foot with a contoured and molded cork footbed that promotes long-term foot health and all day comfort for a desert hike. Handmade in Portugal from rescued cork crumb, the insole is topped with just the right amount of natural latex foam for plush, all-day comfort.
Made with only materials that have a proven, safe, and timely path back to nature, repairable through the Erem Reboot program, and able to be re-streamed into a brand new ‘tough as cactus’ footwear, the Xerocole represents the future of sustainable outdoor performance, today.
Height: 5.25” collar line
Reverse full-grain leather, 1.8-2.0 mm thick
70 +/- Shore A durometer outsole
6.0mm deep lugs
Full length wood-fiber shank board
Boot weight: 48 ounces per pair (Size 9 US Men’s)
Heel drop height: 10mm
Materials and Ingredient List
1) Vegetable-tanned leather from LWG "gold-rated" tannery
2) TENCEL™ Lyocell
3) Cotton (90%+ organic)
5) Recycled wood fiber
7) Eco-Rubber (70% recycled content, biodegradability enhancer, can be devulcanized)8) Natural latex foam
9) PLA derived from corn
11) Eco-adhesive (novel formulation that meets Erem environmental standards)
Fit and Sizing
The Xerocole Expedition is designed with a roomier fit. Therefore, We recommend if you have wide or fuller feet choose your normal size. For people with a narrow or low volume foot, we recommend sizing down 1 full size from your measured or usual size (.e.g if you are normally an 11, go with a 10).
Erem provides half-size increments for the Xerocole to fit every foot. But, if for any reason your product doesn’t fit, you have 30 days for free exchanges and returns. Just make sure to keep the products unworn and unaltered.
Shipping & Returns
Erem Shipping Policy
Orders placed before 11:30AM CT will ship the same day, otherwise it will ship the next business day. Orders placed on weekends or holidays will be shipped out on the next business day. Note: Transit times vary by shipping service selected at time of order, holidays and weekends, and unexpected weather delays.
Erem offsets 100% of the carbon emissions from all shipping of our products to / from our customers.
Erem will ship internationally, however we are unable to offer free shipping at this time. Our store will always calculate the most cost effective shipping options for you.
We ask our international customer to also please be aware of their country specific import/duty fees. These fees are the responsibility of the customer.
For any further questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Erem will accept returns of all unworn and unaltered products for up to 30 days for a full refund to your original method of payment, or an exchange in a different size. Your return will not be accepted if they arrive with any signs of outdoor wear. We understand the rush to get outside, but suggest that you first try on all products inside to ensure they fit before venturing out. If the original method of payment is unavailable, we will issue your refund in the form of store credit.
Erem will exchange unworn and unaltered products free of charge and with free return shipping. You can even use the original box!
Please note: marketplace items are non-returnable.
Once our warehouse has received and processed your return, we will automatically issue a full refund to your original method of payment. If the original method of payment is unavailable, we will issue your refund in the form of store credit.
You will receive an email notification as soon as your refund has been processed.
A refund may take up to 10 business days.START RETURN
Erem wants you to have incredible experiences in our products, and we know that you count on our products to perform.
Erem warrants that new Erem products will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the product. This warranty does not cover damage or malfunctions caused by normal wear and tear, accidents, modification, improper storage or handling. All warranty items will be evaluated by Erem and decisions will be made at the sole discretion of the Erem warranty department.
Finally, we are always happy to talk through any questions you may have about your products. Please reach out to us and, if you have them, share pictures of your product as reference so we can better assist you.CONTACT US
Care & Cleaning
How to Care for Your Xerocoles
1) Reverse grain leather is a very durable material. Still, for best performance, clean regularly
2) If the leather gets wet, we suggest stuffing the boots with paper towels or newspaper while they dry to help the boots keep their shape.
3) Always let your Xerocoles dry naturally. Don't put them near / under direct heat.
4) Some people think that reverse grain leather looks best when brushed. Use specialized suede brushes for best results.
How to Clean Your Xerocoles:
1) Remove the laces from your boots for full access to the tongue and gusset.
2) Use a shoe brush and shoe wipes to remove dirt and debris from the suede and canvas.
3) Mix mild dish detergent into a bucket or sink filled with cold water. Do not use bar soap or detergents as many contain additives that can be harmful to suede and canvas.
4) Using an old toothbrush, dip it into the soapy water and gently brush in a circular motion to clean.
5) Without getting any water inside of the boots, use a clean, damp cloth and rinse the soap off. Repeat until the boot is clean and all traces of soap are removed.
6) Crumple up a few sheets of paper towel or newspaper, and stuff it in the boot to help the boot keep its shape while drying.
7) Place the boots in a well-ventilated area and let the boots dry naturally. We do not recommend putting your boots in the dryer or any heat source under any circumstances.
Other Cleaning Tips & Tricks
Always allow your boots to air dry. If your boots get wet, make sure to remove the footbed insole to ensure the interior fully dries.
Lightweight, really grippy
I am really happy with these boots. They took a couple of wears to break in, but even out of the box were pretty comfortable. I had tried a half-size down, but decided wearing my normal size was more comfortable and allowed me to wear regular hiking socks - I do have a narrower heel and wider toes, to I think sticking with my usual 6.5 was the way to go. The grip of the sole on rock is great- noticeably different than my prior boots, and I am impressed by how lightweight and cool they feel on my feet in the warmer weather. And I am really glad to know they have been made in an environmentally thoughtful way. Looking forward to putting some more miles on these!
The best boots ever!
I love these shoes and I'm not even near a desert!!!
If you love hiking - BUY THESE BOOTS!
I wasn't sure if the money would be worth the benefits but I was wrong - it has been worth every penny. I have had many other Top Brand name hiking boots and because the Arizona desert is such a harsh environment with everything trying to poke you and your boots - I was getting 3-4" thorns through the bottom of my shoes. I ordered these because of their specs and they have been nothing short of amazing! I also have multiple bone spurs in both feet and most days it's painful to walk. When I wear these boots my feet never hurt! If my teenage daughter didn't tell me I look like a park ranger wearing them - I would wear them every day! If you hike - you HAVE to get these boots! You won't be disappointed! I am a customer for LIFE! THANK YOU!
Best boots ever!
Very very good!