Originally Posted by unclesam099
Originally Posted by Ahab
I am not sure of the quality, they are made to order so they do not have the overhead of holding inventory and the most important thing is that they are only offering one shoe in whiskey shell. Kind of a let down, but I guess it is a nice try.
I will let you know the quality, going to try on a pair of Rancourt for Brooks Brothers Beefroll (Calf) Penny Loafers tonight. I had my eye on that Whiskey pair if these calf penny loafers work out.
I've got a pair of Rancourt beefroll loafers made for Ralph Lauren. They're okay.
They're nice enough but feel somewhat insubstantial next to an Alden. I would say the calf ones are well worth the $255 Rancourt is selling them for (or the $225 I paid to Ralph for mine).
I wouldn't pay $500 for the shell ones although they do have green and navy shell available which made me at least think about it.
Rancourt also make the double buckle Ralph loafer and I suspect the single buckle one too.
Sizing is a bit funky on them too. I sized down 1/2 since I was going to wear them sockless. Now that they're worn in, they even fit a bit loose with a medium sock. However if I went to a smaller size, I'm pretty sure they'd be too short and/or pinchy in the toes.