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Just picked these up.  Really nice, natural CXL Ranger Mocs with some slight mods on the sole.
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Is this the Baxter model? Looks great.
post #2792 of 5294
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Originally Posted by JVK1 View Post

Just picked these up.  Really nice, natural CXL Ranger Mocs with some slight mods on the sole.

 

 

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Ah, the Aspen sole.  BOING!
 
How does it feel under your foot.
 
Nice pick up, and thanks for sharing the pics.  I think I have a pair of suede rangers on aspen in my near future.
post #2793 of 5294
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Is this the Baxter model? Looks great.

I ordered it a bit before I knew those were coming out, but definitely very similar!

Bakes11771 is right on, Aspen sole.  I swapped out the standard natural midsole for a dark brown one, and made some other quick modifications on gunmetal eyelets and the laces.  I've worn them twice so far - the sole's fantastic.  I can't put a final verdict out yet based on the amount of wear, but so far it feels like crepe and I expect it to hold up much longer.

Edit:  I just saw this old Rancourt blog piece on the Aspen soles.

http://www.rancourtandcompany.com/blog/2013/05/06/new-lactae-hevea-soles

Mine's essentially the same as the one pictured, but with the darker midsole and such.

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Originally Posted by JVK1 View Post

I ordered it a bit before I knew those were coming out, but definitely very similar!


Bakes11771 is right on, Aspen sole.  I swapped out the standard natural midsole for a dark brown one, and made some other quick modifications on gunmetal eyelets and the laces.  I've worn them twice so far - the sole's fantastic.  I can't put a final verdict out yet based on the amount of wear, but so far it feels like crepe and I expect it to hold up much longer.


Edit:  I just saw this old Rancourt blog piece on the Aspen soles.
http://www.rancourtandcompany.com/blog/2013/05/06/new-lactae-hevea-soles


Mine's essentially the same as the one pictured, but with the darker midsole and such.

Maybe they took the Baxter idea from your design. I'd say you should discuss a commission. :-)
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Maybe they took the Baxter idea from your design. I'd say you should discuss a commission. :-)

 

Haha that'd be brilliant. I ordered my pair from Taylor Stitch in SF a couple months back, I think a week or so after that blog post went up... They might have beaten me to the punch.

I hadn't seen it at the time, but Kyle Rancourt was in the city that weekend for an event and had a couple of the Aspen soles (sans shoes) on display. I'd been wanting a pair of the Ranger Mocs and decided to go for it, no regrets!
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Can most cobblers resole the Blake Last without causing any damage, or is it something special that I need to send it back in to Rancourt to have done?
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Can most cobblers resole the Blake Last without causing any damage, or is it something special that I need to send it back in to Rancourt to have done?

 

It definitely depends on the cobbler.  Most just assume that their customers don't know anything about shoes and repair them based on their opinions, skill level, and available tools.  Ask your local cobbler if they have a Blake/McKay stitching machine.  If they don't then they will probably just cement on a new sole.  Historically, Blake stitching machines are less prevalent among cobblers, which is one of the claimed benefits of Goodyear-welted shoes (more cobblers have welt stitching machines on hand).  

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It's funny you mentioned cobblers. I was talking with mine and he won't use JR soles on Aldens or AE's etc... He said they last waaay too long and he doesn't many any money if you never come back (because your soles don't wear out).
 

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It definitely depends on the cobbler.  Most just assume that their customers don't know anything about shoes and repair them based on their opinions, skill level, and available tools.  Ask your local cobbler if they have a Blake/McKay stitching machine.  If they don't then they will probably just cement on a new sole.  Historically, Blake stitching machines are less prevalent among cobblers, which is one of the claimed benefits of Goodyear-welted shoes (more cobblers have welt stitching machines on hand).  

Thanks for the feedback. I want to order a pair of the Blake Boots but was concerned about having them resoled in a few years. I read that Rancourt has been around for 3 generations but God forbid anything happens and the company isn't around. I guess with the internet I could always find a company that has the machine to have them resoled.
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Thanks for the feedback. I want to order a pair of the Blake Boots but was concerned about having them resoled in a few years. I read that Rancourt has been around for 3 generations but God forbid anything happens and the company isn't around. I guess with the internet I could always find a company that has the machine to have them resoled.

 

It is worth pointing out that Rancourt's Blake Boots are actually Blake/Rapid stitched.  This means that the midsole is Blake stitched in the traditional way, but then the outsole (the part that contacts the ground) is stitched using a welt sewing machine.  So, if your cobbler has a welt sewing machine, he could replace the outsole properly.  However, if your midsole ever needs to be replaced (which is quite common, because the toe area often gets worn into just in front of the stitching) that's where you'll run into trouble.

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It's funny you mentioned cobblers. I was talking with mine and he won't use JR soles on Aldens or AE's etc... He said they last waaay too long and he doesn't many any money if you never come back (because your soles don't wear out).
 

 

Interesting.  At least he was honest that he deliberately uses inferior products to keep you coming back more often.  

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Oh he'd use them for me he said, but he won't use them unless someone asks. It's like a shoe speakeasy apparently...

 

"I'm here for the JR soles..."
 

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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post

Oh he'd use them for me he said, but he won't use them unless someone asks. It's like a shoe speakeasy apparently...

 

"I'm here for the JR soles..."
 

 

lol8[1].gif  Well I suppose it is another case of needing to be well educated before heading out to make sartorial decisions, lest ye spend more money than necessary.  

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Thanks again to ChetB for bringing the Rancourt-made Eastland boots on ebay to my attention.
Took a trip to my local customs office this morning to pick up this beautiful Box:

Eastland Wildwood boots in dark olive leather of a kind a haven't seen before. It's very thick and stiff, has a pronounced but fine grain and a waxy surface that smells like beeswax. It shows a strong pull-up from dark olive to almost bright green - very nice.





I love them but they are very roomy around the heel and midfoot - a strange combination considering that the toe is rather narrow and loafer-like. Will try to wear them tomorrow...
post #2805 of 5294
Very cool boots. I really like that high boot style. Hopefully you can get the fit to work for you with some socks or insoles or such.

The leather does look very interesting.

Enjoy and thanks for posting photos.
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