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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. GooseG

    GooseG Senior member

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    Good news! The cognac bison is available, and they are perfectly fine doing a Clymer MTO in that leather. I'm going to go that route...with a lot of travel planned next year, I'm seeing these as a near perfect pair to beat up!
     
  2. FrankCowperwood

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    Bonza mate! Those will look great.
     
  3. FatTuesday

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    Please pardon my ignorance as I'm new to this Rancourt thread, but what is the relationship between custom Rancourt shoes and Portland Dry Goods (other than being a authorized retailer and also in Maine)? I'm a Rancourt fan and always game for an interesting MTO.
     
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    we're one of a small batch of shops who have the MTO program readily available in person at our shop. swatches, soles, and a binder full of eyelets, laces, etc. I like to think we're the best to talk to if you want something particular - I like to help our customers make choices on the nitty gritty stuff and advise as much as they want us to. we're also able to do a few things the web widget cant; a couple unique leathers, the ability to mix cxl and suede by panel, and so on.

    we also do our own customs for the shop which we hope to expand soon. I'd like to be doing a few new styles every season in the near future. these 3 should be available year round.
     
  5. FatTuesday

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    Very cool! Thanks for the quick response.
     
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    I'll piggyback on this. Dustin and PDG are great to work with - as he mentioned a long time ago, going through PDG means you're supporting two businesses in one purchase. But more to the point for you, PDG has access to "secret menu items" that aren't available on the Rancourt online shoe designer.
     
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  7. chuckb

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    I neglected to post this photo I took this summer - Rancourts in their natural habitat (the coast of Maine).
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  8. FrankCowperwood

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    @chuckb That is a beautiful photo and it makes me wistful.
     
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    Well I'm dealing with Canadian problems here. Snow everywhere. Haha.
     
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    My green shell Blake chukkas continue to delight me:

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    Amazingly cool! Green shell is going to enter my life in 2015, I can feel it!

    I was all but settled on a pair of shell green loafers, but the chukkas are splendid! I'm reconsidering that decision. Also, I currently have a pair of beef roll loafers in green CXL in the making.
     
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    Well, that's because they are delightful.
    (Relatively) easy access to colored shell like this is really one of the great things about Rancourt.
     
  13. FrankCowperwood

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    Tan bulldog Read boat shoes

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    I have a loafer sizing question. I have checked through some of the thread, but would like another opinion. I'm going to do the Made to Fit (which is awesome, and I wish more companies had something similar), however I'm not sure which sizes to order. I'm deciding between my TTS (9.5 D), and then 9D and 9E. For reference, I'm a 9.5D in the Allen Edmonds 5 last and a 9D in the Barrie last.

    Which should I check out? In addition, should I expect to order the same or different sizes in CXL and shell loafers.

    Thanks.
     
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    This is my take on your question.

    I am a TTS 10.5D but a tad towards the wide side. I wear 10.5D on AE 5 last, and 10D on Barrie. I wear Rancourt's CXL loafer in 10.5D. They were a very good fit at the beginning, but after about a year of constant wearing, they stretched a bit and I cannot go sockless without seeing some heel slippage. But if I am wearing socks they are fine. If i am to order the made to fit i would probably go with 10.5D and 10D in CXL. I won't worry about ordering a shell since shell doesn't really stretch that much no matter how long you have it.
     
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    I just received these from Rancourt and the picture is my first "try on".


    They are 10B natty CXL loafers, as you can see. My question is about the left shoe, particularly the outside edge towards the rear. It's bowed out pretty significantly, in my opinion. Is this normal? It wouldn't bother me if it went away when I put them on, but as you can see, that's not the case. Am I being too critical?
     
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    Definitely, you want need to mold to your feet and cxl is very stretchy. You may have to go up a width for shell though. The bowing is completely normal.
     
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    Thanks for the reply! I have a few other CXL shoes....boots, in particular. So, do you think that the bowing will go away with breaking them in? Or is that just the nature of how these are made...?
     
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    What tv2177 says sounds about right from my experience as well. I'm a TTS 11D on the wide side. Wear 11D Barrie (I know that's a little odd considering the conventional wisdom, but that size suits my feet's volume). I wear 11D Rancourt for a snug fit (e.g., in those boat shoes I just posted) and 11E for more room (e.g. in handsewn boots, which I don't think would be at all comfortable in 11D. I also have a pair of shell beefrolls in 11E and that fit has worked out really well for me). If I were getting a CXL model, I'd probably go 11D to account for the stretch.

    All this being said, I think that the goal of 0 heel slip isn't really critical for handsewns. I think that they mold well and wear so flexibly that it's not that big of a deal if there's a little slip.

    That is to say, don't worry about it too much.
     
  20. gsasso

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    Both replies were very helpful. Thanks guys. I'll order the 9.5D and 9D to try them out.
     

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