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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. StockwellDay

    StockwellDay Well-Known Member

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    Nah - pretty normal I believe.
     
  2. PhiPsi32

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    I got nothing then . . .
     
  3. StockwellDay

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    Lighter colored areas where my foot is pressing (stretching) the leather.
     
  4. PhiPsi32

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    I gathered that. Looks like low overhead clearance to me (i.e. you need a little more volume in the shoe hence my question about the high instep).
     
  5. StockwellDay

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    Ok -- thanks -- so what I'm taking from you is that a) they are too tight -- this is not normal. b) it may or may not be fixed by going up a 1/2 size.
     
  6. PhiPsi32

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    Feet are different. I have the opposite problem. I'm low volume. So I have trouble filling the shoe even though it's the right length. The length on yours seems to be right. You can add volume by increasing the length (going up 1/2 size) or adding width (like D --> E). Either way you add volume to the shoe. Rancourt can relast the shoe (probably) if you ask nicely.
     
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    Many thanks!
     
  8. kolecho

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    Moccasin construction cannot be re-lasted, unlike welted shoes. The best that Rancourt can do is shove a wider or longer last into the shoes to stretch them a bit. It may or may not be enough to sort the problem out.
     
  9. PhiPsi32

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    Ah, Rancourt adjusted my Venetian loafers. I was under the impression that they were re-lasted, but I am not an expert on this process.
     
  10. Michigan Planner

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    They are extremely comfortable. I wear mine on long walks on my days off of work (usually about 6 or 8 miles) and I have no complaints. Like I said, you do give up a bit of traction compared to the rubber sole though (but I've found that once I learned this I tend to compensate for it unconsciously). My only real concern is durability with these soles; they are sort of soft and it makes me wonder how long they will last, I guess only time will tell.
     
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  11. prozach1576

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    I have also found the Lactae Hevea soles to be extremely comfortable on my ranger mocs. I wore them nearly every day this summer and most days this fall. There is noticeable wear, but I would estimate that there is at least one more year of that kind of heavy use left in them and possibly much longer.
     
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    ^+1 to both comments. LH is a very comfortable sole.
     
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    As a follow-up -- I found a pair a half size larger in NYC. Tried on in-store and the fit was much much better. Still some slight stretching on the inside-side of the vamp/foot, but nothing like the size pictured above. So, if you're in the market, my recommendation would be to go with your street shoe size, not dress shoe size with these.
     
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  14. knucks

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    Posting my friend's experience:

    Ordered a pair of boots, got the size/pair ordered (9.5d), but they were too tight. Called them about a pair .5 bigger, they sent him the same exact pair. He sent those back, got a pair that was 11.5 with the wrong sole.

    3 boots later, he is still waiting for the correct one. dunno dunno, i havent had troubles at all, you mileage may vary
     
  15. Bakes11771

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    I think the reason why they sent him the same pair back is because their policy is that you can only exchange for a pair .5 size bigger, and they don't actually send you a shoe made .5 size bigger, instead they just stretch the original pair they made you .5 size.

    I could be wrong though.
     
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    That's exactly how I'm leaning right now.

    Either way, the sizing chart available for download on their website is laughable. I scaled everything to 100%, did the credit card test, and lined up everything correctly. It is definitely telling me that I should buy one full size below my measured Brannock size! Amazing.
     
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    While this may be true, they sent him an exact pair same-day he spoke with them, according to the shipping label. He did try it on and it fit the same, small.
     
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    Thanks MP - As an update, I think you and the other posters have sold me on the LH soles. Even though I am concerned about them wearing out too quickly, I take comfort in the fact that Rancourt only charges about $50 for a resole and has a 3 week turn around.

    I also spoke with Katie from Rancourt. She is kindly fedexing me sample swatches of all of the leather I shortlisted (for free). I think that at this point I am leaning towards the olive CXL, but I will decide once I get the samples. Btw: no extra cost for LH or Crepe soles.
     
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    I have a pair of olive CXL trail mocs from Eastland Made in Maine (apparently made by Rancourt) and the color is great. They're easily my favorite casual shoes.
     
  20. chuckb

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    Gentlemen,
    I'm in the process of deciding what my next pair of Rancourts will be (I've got a pair of pinch pennies in brown cxl with honey camp soles), and I'd love to get some opinions drawn from the assembled wisdom of this here thread.
    Specifically, I'm looking to get a pair of shoes for spring / summer to be worn with shorts, jeans, and casual cotton/linen trousers.
    I have three main questions:
    • Camp moc or ranger moc? I like the idea of both, though I fear the short vamp on the camp moc might make it so I can't reasonably wear loafer socks.
    • What color leather? I'm no big timer, so I'll be getting CXL or some sort of pebbled leather rather than shell. I'm specifically considering navy, green, or natural cxl, or a light brown pebble grain. Would navy cxl look terrible with darker jeans or blue trousers?
    • What sole? I'm pretty happy with the camp sole on my pinch pennies, but I'm intrigued by the RLH sole that they offer. How hard-wearing is the RLH sole? I gather that it's quite comfortable, but I'd rather not have a sole that wears down quickly if I can avoid it. If I go with navy CXL I'd either do a red camp sole or honey RLH, green CXL with honey camp or RLH, or light brown CXL or pebble grain with the red camp sole.
    Thanks so much, especially to those of you who have posted pictures of your makeups - they've been tremendously helpful in trying to make a decision



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