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Also worth noting... If you are interested in something a bit less casual than CXL, they also offer calfskin and a few other options...

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Shearling lined CXL chukkas for a beautiful post blizzard day in DC. Note the Christy sole track left in the snow. #shoenerds

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Carnival time here in New Orleans:

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PDG olive bison ranger mocs. Such a great shoe.
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More pics in beautiful afternoon sunlight.

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Rancourt X Taylor Stitch Natural Shell Longwing:

 

https://www.taylorstitch.com/products/the-longwing-in-natural-shell-cordovan

 

Looks pretty awesome.

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Picked up some shell #8 Blake boots from the bay. Pretty happy with how these came out after some work




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That's a great pickup. Look beautiful after your TLC!
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I am currently in the market searching for a pair of camp-mocs, my only requirement is that I want a leather sole instead of the traditional rubber. I inquired Rancourt about the cost for such a shoe and was a bit surprised by the high dollar amount of their estimate. Let me explain:

- Rancourt’s Gillman model, a standard unlined camp-moc with a rubber sole, goes for $250:

http://www.rancourtandcompany.com/men-s/camp-mocs/gilman-camp-moc.html

- Rancourt’s Boothbay loafer, a lined, suede camp-moc with a leather sole, goes for $320:

http://www.rancourtandcompany.com/men-s/camp-mocs/boothbay-loafer.html

However, I was quoted $400 for my special request. How could there be a $150 upcharge just to add a leather sole to a standard Gillman? Is the Company basically telling me not to bother them with my custom order? Is there anything I am missing? I cannot seem to rationalize such a premium for what I believe to be a fairly simple modification.

For the moment, seems I will be picking Alden’s Cape Cod camp-moc (despite the inner lining) which is a better value given the lower price and immediate availability.

http://www.shermanbrothers.com/product.php?ItemId=1000000164&ProductId=29910

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Edited by GSG - 2/9/16 at 4:21pm
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Yeah, I agree that doesn't make sense...

 

There has to be some sort of confusion going on somewhere.

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I will shoot the Company an email tonight and see what they say.
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I will shoot the Company an email tonight and see what they say.

That price may well be too high, but they do charge a single MTO fee on something like this along with an extra cost for he leather sole. If it is $400, then no it doesn't seem like they want the order.
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I will shoot the Company an email tonight and see what they say.


So I confirmed with Rancourt and there certainly has been no misunderstanding, there is indeed a $150 upcharge to have a leather sole add to classic Gillman camp-moc bringing the total up to $400. Rancourt is offering a 10% off on first orders after you sign to their newsletter which would bring the total down to $360.

I am sure there are economic reasons for the price increase (materials, additional man-hours on custom orders, etc.) but as a customer I do find the upcharge a bit steep; especially considering what other competing manufacturers are offering. I think I will pick the ready-made Cape-cod moc.

Seems a couple years back Rancourt was the company offering better relative value across all Maine hand-sewers but it is a tougher choice these days after price increases and the custom upcharge.
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@GSG: I ran into the same issue over the holidays :(

 

@loxo: Agree that taylor stitch longwing looks great.  Presale pricing might make it my first shell shoe :o

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@GSG have you considered the unlined Sherman with the RLH sole?

 

It's a completely different shoe, but at $305 I'd argue a better value than the Alden.

http://www.rancourtandcompany.com/men-s/camp-mocs/sherman-camp-moc.html

 

Rancourt does have a pretty lenient MTO return policy now, too.

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