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post #4081 of 5543
I've loved my natural cxl ranger mocs, and it's time to get a pair of Rancourt boots. I need extra wide width, so I'm limited to the 5-eye (ie, can't get Blake). Here are a couple of ideas in suede:



What do you think? My main concern is that I've heard the build-your-own tool doesn't fully capture what the shoes/boots will look like. I'm not sure how to evaluate eyelets and lace colors, for example.

I was inspired by @cathpah's recent pics of olive cxl, so I played around with that, too, as well as some more natural cxl:




Thanks for any opinions, thoughts, or experiences!

Joel
post #4082 of 5543
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Photos of my Green Shell Ranger Moc

Definitely love them, especially the spongy like reltex lactae hevea sole, very comfortable.

They make me wonder if the Alden's plantation crepe sole offers the same degree of comfort.

 

It turns out that 7E is the right size for me, at least for Rancourt's lace shoes, just some minor heel slippage.

I think after breaking them in, it will be gone.

 

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 


Can anyone comment in regards to how the reltex lactae hevea sole holds up or lasts. Is it a long lasting sole, or does it wear down pretty fast?

post #4083 of 5543
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Can anyone comment in regards to how the reltex lactae hevea sole holds up or lasts. Is it a long lasting sole, or does it wear down pretty fast?

My sense is that it wears relatively fast. At least I'd heard that on this forum before. I've worn my rangers with the RLH soles about 10 times, and they already show some wear. The sponginess also takes a little getting used to, but I've come to love the comfort.

post #4084 of 5543
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My sense is that it wears relatively fast. At least I'd heard that on this forum before. I've worn my rangers with the RLH soles about 10 times, and they already show some wear. The sponginess also takes a little getting used to, but I've come to love the comfort.


Thanks

 

I'm starting to seriously consider getting the Green Shells, and I need to figure out which sole I want to go with. The cushy feel might not be to bad, but I'm not so sure I want a sole that's not going to last too long.

post #4085 of 5543
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Thanks

 

I'm starting to seriously consider getting the Green Shells, and I need to figure out which sole I want to go with. The cushy feel might not be to bad, but I'm not so sure I want a sole that's not going to last too long.

I have been thinking about a green shell beefroll loafer with RLH sole

post #4086 of 5543
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I have been thinking about a green shell beefroll loafer with RLH sole


That sounds cool. My last one was the caramel shell beefroll loafer. By the way do you have any experience with the RLH sole? Is it something that tends to wear down a bit faster than a regular leather or tempest sole?

post #4087 of 5543
I'm about to get my Rancourts in. I never had a problem with foot sweat until the last month or so, and I love wearing my shoes sockless. Does anyone know if using stuff like foot powder can damage shoes in the long run?
post #4088 of 5543
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I'm about to get my Rancourts in. I never had a problem with foot sweat until the last month or so, and I love wearing my shoes sockless. Does anyone know if using stuff like foot powder can damage shoes in the long run?

Foot powder never worked for my sweaty dawgs.  My solution is to always wear sock.  No-show socks if I want to go sockless-style.  To me, that is more comfortable than having my foot in a slimey shoe. (or pastey shoe if you use powder)  Also, I rotate shoes because if they stay persistently moist bacteria will propagate and cause odor as a result.

 

I realize that this is not what you asked, but its the best I can offer.

post #4089 of 5543

Finally pulled the trigger on my Green Shell Ranger Mocs. I wanted to make sure I got them before the warmer weather gets here, and I was a bit concerned if I waited too long I might have a problem getting a shell shoe.

post #4090 of 5543
I think that was a good call. I feel as if shell takes a little longer than other leathers. They are probably more careful with it and I'm sure there are only certain people in the shop that work with it.
post #4091 of 5543
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I think that was a good call. I feel as if shell takes a little longer than other leathers. They are probably more careful with it and I'm sure there are only certain people in the shop that work with it.

I was also getting a bit worried that the shell shortage I keep hearing about might prove to be a bit problematic. I'm just not sure how prevalent or long lasting this might prove to be.

post #4092 of 5543
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I think that was a good call. I feel as if shell takes a little longer than other leathers. They are probably more careful with it and I'm sure there are only certain people in the shop that work with it.

 

That is correct.  I have a pair of navy shell Blake boots on order, and Katie confirmed that "only one or two" (IIRC) of their people are entrusted with shell.

 

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I was also getting a bit worried that the shell shortage I keep hearing about might prove to be a bit problematic. I'm just not sure how prevalent or long lasting this might prove to be.

 

Someone (I believe it was @anrobit) posted a few pages ago that Rancourt gets a steady and voluminous supply of shell from Horween because they're willing to accept shell with imperfections that otherwise would be hard for Horween to sell (i.e., to Alden or AE).  (As an aside, Rancourt gets natural and Color 8, and then dyes the natural themselves in order to get the palette of colors that they offer.)

post #4093 of 5543
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Someone (I believe it was @anrobit) posted a few pages ago that Rancourt gets a steady and voluminous supply of shell from Horween because they're willing to accept shell with imperfections that otherwise would be hard for Horween to sell (i.e., to Alden or AE).  (As an aside, Rancourt gets natural and Color 8, and then dyes the natural themselves in order to get the palette of colors that they offer.)

That may have been me, or anrobit via information I gave him. I talked with Mike and Kyle earlier this year about it. Rancourt has been basically taking large orders of whatever Horween will sell them for years and years. Basically, Horween rewards them for having been a long and consistent customer by sending them everything. Not worth it to take new customers that may be problematic, picky or not always ready for delivery when Rancourt is easy going and willing to take delivery always.

Rancourt is very up front that you are getting handmade shoes, and that you should not be expecting pristine shoes, uniform shoes. That said, their turnaround for shell, when in stock, has been about 3 weeks, the same as CXL. They really only have those same guys doing all their MTOs, since the vast majority is just churning out the wholesale orders.
post #4094 of 5543
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That is correct.  I have a pair of navy shell Blake boots on order, and Katie confirmed that "only one or two" (IIRC) of their people are entrusted with shell.

 

 

Someone (I believe it was @anrobit) posted a few pages ago that Rancourt gets a steady and voluminous supply of shell from Horween because they're willing to accept shell with imperfections that otherwise would be hard for Horween to sell (i.e., to Alden or AE).  (As an aside, Rancourt gets natural and Color 8, and then dyes the natural themselves in order to get the palette of colors that they offer.)


I've seen a few posts in a couple of threads talking about the shell shortage which is due to the Chinese purchasing all of the shell they could. So while there may very well be no reason for any concern,  I just don't wish to take any chances. Besides I've been thinking about getting a pair of Green Shells for awhile now, in fact I've started to dream about it. So By George I'm going to do it now!!!! LOL

post #4095 of 5543
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Foot powder never worked for my sweaty dawgs.  My solution is to always wear sock.  No-show socks if I want to go sockless-style.  To me, that is more comfortable than having my foot in a slimey shoe. (or pastey shoe if you use powder)  Also, I rotate shoes because if they stay persistently moist bacteria will propagate and cause odor as a result.

I also go with no-show socks.

On a foot odor note, I've found this to be quite helpful. I use it every 3-4 months (just sprinkle on your toes and in socks in the morning for 3 days). http://www.footodor.net/
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