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RANCOURT & Co. Shoes - Made in Maine

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by whatever123, Sep 2, 2010.

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  1. FrankCowperwood

    FrankCowperwood Well-Known Member

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    IDK. Seems as if you ought to have played the Powerball with that luck.
     
  2. wdahab

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    Well, let's see if its the 114 last or the 800 last for my luck. If it's Rancourt, as I suspect, it's 114 and has a good chance of fitting. If it's 800, then it's going to be way too big. Either way, plenty of pics will be forthcoming, for sure. I'll also let you'll know how the sock liner is branded.

    I literally only have twitter so that I can snag deals, one off final sales, discount codes etc. These deals very often go out on twitter before email blasts or reddit picks it up. They have a bunch of other interesting things on the site, btw, some shell belts and wallets, but all at normal prices, and actually more expensive that Mitchell leather. Link to the shoes' page
     
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  3. Reginald Bartholomew

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    Can anyone speak to the difference between Blake and Fuller chukkas?
     
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  5. dddrees

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    Great snag, hope they work out for you.
     
  6. Bakes11771

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    Matt,

    You owe us hand-sewn high boot pics...
     
  7. MattBernier

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    Don't have em' yet! They should be pretty near done though. Sometime this week I'm expecting. They started on them sometime after their holiday break.
     
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    Took the ranger mocs out for some more spins over the weekend. Seems to me the RLH sole is getting firmer. The sole curing, the cold weather, or my imagination?

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  9. coolarrow

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    Thanks for the heads up on these. Here are pix of mine, which I got last Friday. There was a fine layer of dust on them, which cleaned off with a horsehair brush. Very comfy Vibram sole. Sizing experience: I wear 9d on the Barrie last and 9.5d in most AE models. So, I ordered a 9.5d. (I also have some rancourt ranger mocs in 9.5). These fit great.

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    Last pix is at the end of a long saturday after breaking them in. Hence a little bit of dust on them.
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    I'd be interested to know as well, because I feel as though I have also experienced this.
     
  11. MattBernier

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    Interesting! I remember how surprised I was reading someone say they were as squishy as crepe, because I find crepe unpleasantly squishy, but found the well cured sample sole in Portland Dry Goods to be certainly softer than Vibram, but still quite firm and robust. It's what made me think it would be an ideal hiking sole, able to stick to rock while still offering some strucure. We will see if I was right very soon, I hope.
     
  12. MattBernier

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    The & eyelets have arrived!

    The box:
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    The boots, unworn:
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    First try-on, side view
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    The boots are loose at the top and ankle- clearly meant to accommodate pants tucked into them. As you can see, even with a kilty in, the top of the shoe has to overlap to close on my ankle. I have very thin legs, so this isn't uncommon, but the fact that the boots are designed wide means I need to fill the space a bit more than usual.
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    Here, you can see the overlap better. Again, this is with a leather kilty in.
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    The hand stitching is BEAUTIFUL. The toes fit as they should, very slightly snug but not tight, which means in awhile they will be pleasantly roomy. They don't press any of my toes more than the others.
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    I had to try quite a few variations of laces, lacing style, kilty arrangement, and insole arrangement before I found just the right fit, and evidenly over the winter I have totally lost my lacing calluses. The thin waxed laces blistered my fingers. Good sign I need to lace boots on more often!
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    The new soles are indeed slightly squishier in the not-entirely-cured heel than the fully cured store example. Not unpleasantly so, but it will be neat to feel them finish firming up. Time will really tell if I can use these in their intended role, but they are lovely, comfortable, and well made boots. My thanks to Dustin at Portland Dry Goods who took the order for me!

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  13. FrankCowperwood

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    Wow.

    Those look fantastic. Thanks for all the photos.

    I'm impressed with how much higher up the leg a seven-eyelet boot comes than six (which is what the Bison boots I recently got are).

    What does the shaft of the boot measure?

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    Where would you like me to measure from, up from the floor or up from where the leather begins?
     
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    Good question. Why not from where the leather starts... that eliminates an differences in sole thickness. I'd like to compare to my six-eyelets (which in fact are about six inches from the bottom of the leather).
     
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    7.5 inches on the dot.
     
  17. FrankCowperwood

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    Fantastic. Thanks.

    I'm going to have to get around to ordering a pair in that style.
     
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    MattB, nice boots! They're similar to my Eastland Made in Maine (by Rancourt....) boots, which are also ridiculously wide around the ankle & calf.
    One one of your pics I see an insole that you probably experimented with in order to fill some of that room - same here, only I preferred full length insoles (by Footlogics) in the end.
    Thanks to the top hooks, yours allow overlapping the quarters, which doesn't really work with mine which are all eyelets:[​IMG]

    The fit is too loose for walking any relevant distance. OTOH, the toe fits nice and snug with medium-weight socks, so thicker socks don't work either.
    In my frustration I took a somewhat brutal measure and folded the shaft down so that the top eyelet lies over the third one from the top, feeding the laces through both eyelets. This looks strange but gives a much better fit, making most of that excessive room disappear.
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    So this is how I use them now when I go for walks in the fields & forest;-)
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    A different solution may be to wrap the laces around the shaft of the boot. I have a pair of Eastland Wildwoods that are a shade too large around the leg, and wrapping the laces around makes the fit nearly perfect. Then again, they're also my bad weather boots, so I usually wear thick socks
     
  20. MattBernier

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    Gives a sort of Peter Pan quality to them. I like it.
     

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