RANCOURT & Co. Shoes - Made in Maine

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

  1. tv2177

    tv2177 Senior member

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    boat shoes with a sole that's not the best for wet conditions just doesn't make sense to me. even tho majority of us don't really use it on the boat.
     


  2. FrankCowperwood

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    I don't think that the Rancourt chukka moc picutred earlier is intended to be a boat shoe. That being said, the vibram wrap is an interesting option, though it is a blow to any authenticity the shoe can claim. Seems moccasin is an Algonquin word, and soft soled mocs were used by Native Americans in the east (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moccasin), so getting them wet is not outside the tradition. Of course, I understand that our interest in and use of such a shoe are very different from its originstors.

    Still not sure about traction on hard, modern surfaces though. Seems like a material that a little bit of water could make very slick on marble or smooth tile.
     


  3. Kashiwa

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    Yes, leather soled mocassins were the original outdoor shoe in North America, so I have no doubt they can be used outside, and in canoes too for that matter. But, as Frank stated, not sure they are the best option for out of doors today.

    The vibram wrap sole is, indeed, not "authentic", but it does still offer the look of a wrap around sole cradling your feet. I think I like it, but (as with all things) would like to see it in person.

    tv2177, the vibram wrap sole should be fine in wet conditions. I think it makes a very acceptable sole for a boat shoe. Were you referring to the leather soles?
     


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    I received my chukkas last week and saw that they had the similar half to 3/4 length sole (as shown in the photo above from rkusmant). Does this mean all Rancourt & Co shoes are not full length soles?

    And is the sole stitched or glued? To me it seemed glued but I can't tell...

    EDIT: To answer my own question I think that it might have to do with whether you it's 'fully lined midsole'
     
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    As part of the brook brothers semi-annual sale I purchased the navy venetians. I originally purchased sz 10 D, but had to exchange for 10.5 (I am Alden Barrie last size 10 for reference). Based on an email exchange with Kyle, I think a 10.5 B would be perfect, which BB doesn't sell, but at least now I know my MTO size. They are beautiful shoes. The leather is wonderful. The sole is very thin but more supportive than I thought, but I'm not going to wear them to walk miles and miles. I am toying with the idea of sending them to Rancourt to put a different sole on, maybe a white boat sole or tempest.

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  6. PhiPsi32

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    Curious, I am a 10.5D Barrie, and Kyle suggested a 10D for the Ivy loafer.
     


  7. FrankCowperwood

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    Received my green unlined shell Ranger Mocs with bright brass eyelets on the 555 last with natural lactae hevea soles. According to Kyle, the 555 is a narrower and a little shorter than the regular Ranger Moc last. It's the last those suede Rancourt for BB chukkas are made on.

    These are extremely lightweight.

    Needless to say, I'm very pleased with them and I'm really looking forward to getting out and about in them.

    Note that the first photo shows the Horween stamp on the shell in the foot bed.

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  8. Calikid

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    Those look great...enjoy wearing
     


  9. ElDave

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    Received my green unlined shell Ranger Mocs with bright brass eyelets on the 555 last with natural lactae hevea soles. According to Kyle, the 555 is a narrower and a little shorter than the regular Ranger Moc last. It's the last those suede Rancourt for BB chukkas are made on.
    These are extremely lightweight.
    Needless to say, I'm very pleased with them and I'm really looking forward to getting out and about in them.
    Note that the first photo shows the Horween stamp on the shell in the foot bed.
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  10. Winston S.

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    Interesting. I bought half a size down from my TTS (9D) and the right shoe still feels a little loose after 9 or 10 wears. I do not keep them in shoe trees anymore, because I am worried they will stretch more. Let us know how they feel after several more wears.
     


  11. FrankCowperwood

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    Sure. These are taken in a window with indirect natural light.

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    Do they help?

    The green is really very deep to start with. I'm going to be interested to see what kind of patina this color shell develops.
     


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    Thanks! It does help and I hope you enjoy them.
     


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    I expect somewhat of a biased answer, being that this is the Rancourt thread, but are the boat shoes noticably nicer than a pair of sperry's? Enough to justify the premium? Was thinking of getting my dad a pair for his birthday, but my sisters can't understand why someone would pay $215 when you could get (what they perceive to be) the same shoe for $60. Anyone owned both?
     
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  14. mothball

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    Those are fantastic.
     


  15. PhiPsi32

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    Eh, I wouldn't really even go there. Rancourts are hand made in America. Sperry is most likely mass produced in China. Having said that, I have been thinking about a pair of Sperry boat shoes because of 1) Nostalgia, Paul Sperry designed the modern boat shoe and 2) I wear boat shoes less than six times per year. If either of these caveats do not apply to you, consider a higher end shoe especially as a gift.
     
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