RANCOURT & Co. Shoes - Made in Maine

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  1. gentpax

    gentpax Senior member

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    Yup. Actually like the Rancourt's better and give them a slight edge on quality. Have four pairs of Rancs now.

    Count me in on the doubting side that they were made by the same factory, yet they do share some DNA. Now, a pair of Yuketen's I have looks like it is a 100% match with the OSBs I have.
     


  2. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    I think Yuketen is a good comparison for OSB. Yuketen is a designer with unique designs, but not a maker AFAIK. Similarly OSB designs their shoes then works with a maker to make them. Rancourt is a maker with mostly classic designs who is branching out with new designs and a direct-to-customer business model. For me, Rancourt's MTO program and the fact that you can customize every aspect of the shoes is really the biggest differentiator.
     


  3. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Just studied "Direct channel distribution" in a class that I'm taking. The advantages are indeed lower cost, customization, interaction (feedback) with end-user, brand control and a few others.

    I mentioned in a post a few pages back that I referenced Rancourt in one of my assignments.
     
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  4. takashi78

    takashi78 Senior member

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    Hi guys a newbie here, does anyone know if the 9157 are able to be resoled and if they are welted?

    No reply at the RedWing thread so though might try my luck here.

    Just found out it was made by Rancourt.

    From the looks of it, it seems to have Lactae Hevea sole as well?
    Although it doesnt say on the sole.

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  5. FrankCowperwood

    FrankCowperwood Senior member

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    Welcome to the thread. I believe that's a crepe sole and I am almost positive that it can be resoled. Rancourt site says they can resole all of their models and there are even some good shots in their statigram feed of some pretty beat up mocs before and after.
     


  6. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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    Here is the final version I think I am going with. I am very excited and hope it looks good...


    Ranger Moc:
    Espresso shell cordovan (polished as opposed to matte finished if possible)
    Full leather midsole with natural edge stain and beige stitching
    Montello Minilug sole
    Brown stitching
    Waxed canvas laces
    Gold/Brown nylon taslan laces also included
    Antique brass eyelets
    Unlined
     


  7. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

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    Not really. They are both CXL goodyear welted workboots but the profiles aren't that close. The lasts are very different. That said, the average guy on the street would make the same assumption.

    Oak St. Trench, Wolverine 1K and Redwing 9011/Beckman

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  8. Kashiwa

    Kashiwa Senior member

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  9. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Not looking to enter in to an internet pissing contest, but that's not the OSB boot or the Wolverine that was being referred to. Check the link from a page or 2 back, it was a cap toe.

    Wolverine:

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    If you still don't think that they look similar, than I will be content to simply respect your opinion.

    (I acknowledge that they are different colors, one has speed hooks and the other doesn't, ect. I did not say that they are identical)
     


  10. Michael Haines

    Michael Haines Senior member

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    If I am correct that's the 744 shell wolverine ... Love that boot
     


  11. wdahab

    wdahab Senior member

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    Yeah, that's a 744 in shell, I have a pair, got them cheap(ish) in seconds, they are by far my favorite shoe. Comparing shell cordovan to natural cxl is like apples to oranges, so the OSB, Rancourt, and 744 boots just aren't comparable. Also, the Wolverines, whether shell or cxl, plain or cap toe, have a much more bulbous toe than OSB, Rancourt's, and its internally reinforced. So it's definitely a fair thing to say that the profile is vastly different.

    Also, construction is different with all of them. Rancourt's are lined and blake constructed, Wolverine 1Ks (which are all CXL) are unlined and 180 goodyear, 744s (a collab with Allen Edmonds) are unlined and 360 goodyear, and OSB trench boots are lined and 360.

    For what it's worth, my dream boot (from any of those guys) would be a plain toe, thick natural shell, sleek profile, unlined, 360 goodyear storm-welt boot. Especially the storm-welting, since I wear my boots (including my 744s that are not storm-welted) in the elements like they were intended.
     


  12. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    I don't contest any of the differences that you identify, I simply said that they look a like. I didn't say they were direct comparisons either in terms of material or construction.

    One could say that Sperry and Rancourt boat shoes look a like, even though there are differences in construction and material.

    Again, if others fail to identify a resemblance, that is fine. I'm not looking to convince anyone to adopt my point of view.
     


  13. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

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    I don't think anyone's arguing with you. Both are cap toe work boots after all and as such do look alike.

    The reason you get responses to that comment is that the details are what makes them very different and as this is an enthusiast's forum, those details get examined to the nth degree.

    No interest in a pissing contest either. The shell cap toe 1k are a gorgeous pair of boots.
     


  14. Calikid

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    Since the Wolverine 744 Ltd. Boot was referenced I thought it would be fun to show the difference between Rancourt's 'Espresso' Cordovan and Horween's #449 Cordovan on the 744 Boot.


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  15. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Nice shine (on both), what is your regime?
     


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