Can anyone compare the Rancourt camp mocs to the LL Bean camp mocs? I love my LL Bean camp mocs so much that I'm thinking about buying a pair Rancourts, however, I'm not sure if it is worth more than double the price. For reference I have the Ranger Mocs and the Pinch Penny loafers, both of which I really like.
You can find comparisons all over the place, but the main difference is the quality of the leather used. LLB uses okay leather from some unknown tannery, of unknown quality. Rancourt uses chromexcel, which is tanned at the most well known tannery in the USA, if not the world, Horween. The quality of the leather is instantly obvious upon handling the shoes (photos will not do the job) and it's even more obvious after 6 months of wear, when the LLB leather looks like shit, and the CXL is amazing looking and rugged and thick.
Other points, the construction is just better with Rancourt, it's handsewn, with finer attention to detail and more subtle, hard to put your finger on differences in quality.
But, at the end of the day, not everyone is able to or feels it's worth paying for those qualities. A good cheap beater pair of camp mocs may last you just fine for now until you can afford a pair of $250 shoes. Most people on the street are not going to notice that you're wearing better shoes. And, it won't save you money, because you will almost certainly buy more. I have way more shoes, now that I'm paying $200-$500 per pair than I ever had when I was paying $50/pair. That includes 4 pairs of Rancourts at this point, not to mention my AEs and Wolverines.