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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

I am so behind on this thread. Man.

Need to read that great piece of reporting on the visit to Rancourt HQ.

@coolarrow: Those boots look fantastic. I really like how they show in real life. Maybe we'll see some photos on the foot soon... And for that price. Wow.

Breaking them in today!  I already got a little mud on the heel, lol.

 

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TBH I wasn't a fan when I saw them on the website or when I saw the first pics you posted.  They look much better in action.

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last week couldn't help but take advantage of the eastland made in maine Rancourts on sale at East Dane stacked with a 20% off any purchase over $250 discount which made the boat shoes $120! 

 

 

I wasn't sure if the loden green/natural combo would be too much, but i think they look great in real life

I also got the moss suede senecas which are suuuper comfy

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great pick up at a great price!
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Originally Posted by Puffsan View Post

Well for the boat shoe i will definately go for the boat sole, i have owned many boat shoes in the past and i really like the style and comfort.

But i am also planning on buying a pair of 4 eye camp moc. These shoes will be shoes that should be comfortable to walk in for several hours in urban areas and i dont really know the difference between realtex lactae hevea, plantation crepe wedge, mini lug, tempest, or cristy. Will the sole affect the stiffness of the shoe?

Note that i also live in Norway, and that i tend to wear the same shoes whether its winter and - 10 celcius or summer and 20+. In the winter it gets snowy and it gets a bit slippery outside, so wont buy leather soles for example. It would be nice to have a sole that can handle wet and slippery weather, but at the same time does not looks like you're going hiking and can look good in a smart casual business enviroment (shirt and chinos for example).


next fall i will probably buy a blake chukka or a 5 eye winter suade boot that i can use when the weather gets a bit nasty aswell, and it would be good to know what sole i should have on those too smile.gif

I have the ranger mocs on the realtex lactae hevea, mini lug, and the basic camp-moc sole and they all have their pros and cons. The mini lug sole has the best traction of the three (but the other two are not bad), the realtex is very comfortable right out of the box and needs minimal time to break them in, and once broken in I find the camp-moc sole the most comfortable. Of my Rancourts, I actually favor my shoes on the mini-lug sole with chinos in a (very) casual business environment, but I've worn the others to the office without hesitation as well. For all day walking, I prefer the realtex or the camp-moc sole as they seem a bit lighter and more flexible and my feet are thankful after many hours/miles.

I have plantation crepe soles from other makers and find them very comfortable and having very good traction but haven't tried Rancourt's version (I've been turned off by the additional up-charge for them).
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Has anyone tried a Ranger on the Vibram 232? It sounds like that might be the way to go, if you like the look of a trail oxford but seek a lower profile.
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Nice score ... hopefully they'll have another promo soon.
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Originally Posted by fullycaffed View Post

last week couldn't help but take advantage of the eastland made in maine Rancourts on sale at East Dane stacked with a 20% off any purchase over $250 discount which made the boat shoes $120!  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)








I wasn't sure if the loden green/natural combo would be too much, but i think they look great in real life


I also got the moss suede senecas which are suuuper comfy

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@fullycaffed Those are both beautiful. Just beautiful.
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Sweet scores, fullycaffed.  They look great. 

 

I have some eastland walkers incoming.  Will post pix when they arrive. 

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I have the ranger mocs on the realtex lactae hevea, mini lug, and the basic camp-moc sole and they all have their pros and cons. The mini lug sole has the best traction of the three (but the other two are not bad), the realtex is very comfortable right out of the box and needs minimal time to break them in, and once broken in I find the camp-moc sole the most comfortable. Of my Rancourts, I actually favor my shoes on the mini-lug sole with chinos in a (very) casual business environment, but I've worn the others to the office without hesitation as well. For all day walking, I prefer the realtex or the camp-moc sole as they seem a bit lighter and more flexible and my feet are thankful after many hours/miles.

I have plantation crepe soles from other makers and find them very comfortable and having very good traction but haven't tried Rancourt's version (I've been turned off by the additional up-charge for them).

Thank you for your advice and sharing your experience with the different soles. I already ordered two pair of shoes on friday.

After spending lots of hours on the custom design builder i decided to go for a mto model they already had in their collection, the Baxter Ranger-moc in parisian blue with realtex sole.

 


the blue color seems a bit brigher than the standard navy Chronomexcel and i really like the color contrast between the leather and the sole. Since im also very weak for boat shoes i had to order a pair of them aswell.

 

Hope they both look as good in real as on the photos. If i like the shoes i will probably get a suede version with mini lug for the next winter.

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Break in continues to go well. The toes are just about perfectly stretched to each of my toes, and the ankles have creased beautifully.


However, for going down hills and walking in unsteady rocks, the issue of their excessive roominess elsewhere in the boot had to be addressed. Even with a substantial insole, the boot's sides close well before snugging up on my foot, even in winter mountaineering socks. I've become ptetty good over the years at skyving and trimming insoles to meet my needs, but this was a particularly elaborate job requiring multiple prototypes:




If they seem extreme, it just goes to show how excessive the room in the midfoot and shaft is compared to the perfectly fitting toes and overall ideal length of the boots. The shafts are still less snug than I'd like at the top, but after several walks in the snowy woods and climbing some trees, they seem to have been remedied where it counts. I still think the pattern for these boots must have been created with wearing pants tucked into them in mind. Excepting the morbidly obese, there's no one with this foot size and legs this thick. @RancourtCo, given that I'm not the only person who's had to take extreme measures to remedy this, if you ever make a new seven eyelet pattern, perhaps you could fix this. I otherwise love these boots, and would be first in line to buy them.
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Actually, it takes those insoles AND special double thickness kilties I made to fill the space.
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The boots make me really want a pair of loafers now, because the parts of the fit that AREN'T the laced parts fit me so, so well. Oh lordy so well.
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Matt - sorry for being late to the conversation, but do you know how those compare to the 5 eye boots?

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Originally Posted by Puffsan View Post

Thank you for your advice and sharing your experience with the different soles. I already ordered two pair of shoes on friday.
After spending lots of hours on the custom design builder i decided to go for a mto model they already had in their collection, the Baxter Ranger-moc in parisian blue with realtex sole.




the blue color seems a bit brigher than the standard navy Chronomexcel and i really like the color contrast between the leather and the sole. Since im also very weak for boat shoes i had to order a pair of them aswell.

Those blue Ranger Mocs look great! I'll be interested to see pictures when you receive them.
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