Let's get the most important thing out of the way. Knowing who manufactures the shoes is only a small part towards evaluating their quality. My earlier posts have pointed towards some of those considerations, which I won't repeat again. It might be a news flash to some ([cough] the brand whore from NJ), but Rancourt does not make flawless shoes. Read the Rancourt thread for problems that may arise in quality. (Of course they're not shit either.)
Now, onto your very claim itself. I've already read that article. It is the only article attributing Cole Haan's Made in ME to Rancourt, and it doesn't cite any sources for as to why its word is to be believed. Other articles about the line's introduction make no claim as to the actual manufacturer. There are a few other facts that would make one doubtful Rancourt manufactures, especially the captoes in question
- In Cole Haan's product description for one of the loafers, there's talk of only "five craftsmen located in Lewiston, Maine", but not in the captoe product desc; either way Rancourt's got more than 5 in their factory
- There's no plain captoe of the Cole Haan style that I'm aware of under the Rancourt name
All in all, it's very unimportant who actually makes the shoes. And even if we cared about this minutia, there is flimsy evidence to suppose Rancourt is the manufacturer, and plenty to be suspicious. Examining the shoes themselves and not being distracted by meaningless labels (which is what everyone is supposed to do!), take a look at the 3rd picture on the captoe page for evidence of poor quality.
Originally Posted by Cj52racers
I would assume quality will be the same since the Cole Haan models are 40-60$ more or so.
Why on earth would you ever assume that? Doesn't it seem ass backwards to you to argue from price to quality? By the same logic, Enron must be an absolute steal at $90 in 2001 because look! it's got a 120%+ premium over industry peers!
Edited by starro - 10/12/16 at 7:38am