RANCOURT & Co. Shoes - Made in Maine

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  1. Kashiwa

    Kashiwa Senior member

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    I'm sure Rancourt would do the Blake Boot in tan shell. Would be a great boot!

    Think it would also look good in a mixed media leather / suede.

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  2. tv2177

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  3. Kashiwa

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    ^^ Those are nice. I'm guessing they're unlined?

    Went to Beams Plus in Tokyo yesterday and checked out a number of "Atlantic Works" branded / Rancourt crafted shoes. (no purchase, all too small).

    The cream of the crop was the tan shell penny loafer. They were sitting next to an Alden whiskey shell tassel loafer and they were, IMO, the more attractive of the two. I've heard that whiskey-esque colors are not so versatile, but man they were nice. FWIW, the sole was the recessed grippy dot sole that you ordered tv2177. Looked great, but again, not sure about its gripping potential......

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  4. TKingRCS

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    Hello to everyone here at StyleForum!
    I am the new customer service manager here at Rancourt & Co and thanks to Kashiwa's urging I will be trying to get on and provide some insight and advice to a broader audience on a regular basis.

    However, this morning I wanted to let you all know, and at the same time apologize, for issues with our email communication recently; we have been having issues switching servers, which is unfortunately shutting all email communication down for a few days. We expect to be up and running by Thursday afternoon, at which time I'll be working diligently to catch up. In the mean time, our customer service number is your best bet (855-999-3544).

    On another note - THANK YOU for the enthusiasm and feedback on here, I love hearing from customers after delivery, and seeing the great suggestions/ ideas on here. I am personally new to using forums, but I'll be trying to post on a regular basis to answer questions and provide an insiders perspective to the company.

    Thats all for now!
     


  5. prozach1576

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    I just submitted this question in the online forum, but due to this email issue, I'll just ask it here and all can see the answer.

    What varieties of rough-out leather do you have available? I'm interested in a pair of the five-eyelet boots for fall but I might want something a little more rugged/substantial than regular suede. I really like the look of these peanut rough-out ranger mocs that Epaulet has offered, but I don't really want that exact peanut color.
     


  6. FrankCowperwood

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    Welcome! Great to have you on the thread. The Rancourt MTO program is a wonderful thing. Wearing a pair as I type.
     


  7. tv2177

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    just got my shipping info today which is 2 days earlier than the expected shipping date! can't wait! will post pics tomorrow!!
     


  8. Kashiwa

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    Very happy to welcome you to the forum. Thanks for coming aboard. Looking forward to your inside perspective and insight!

    Sorry to hear about the server issues--hope everything is back up soon and without further complications.
     


  9. Kashiwa

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    I once asked Kyle the same question. At that time (several months ago), he informed me that they had "calico" (or "rough out") suede in dark brown, khaki, navy, red, green, grey.
     
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    Welcome. Can't wait to hear more from you. I've got 2 pairs of Rancourts and can't wait for my third. Love them.
     


  12. ukinne

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    I am a new user to the forum and joined so that I might pass on my Rancourt story, which I think reiterates what a lot of folks have posted about the Rancourt operation.

    I was visiting Maine and doing a few college visits for my High School Senior daughters and doing a little shopping in Portland and saw the retail display that has been described in a previous post.

    Since I couldn't get a good fit for a penny loafer from the inventory on hand the guy in the store suggested that I just "run up the road to Lewiston and go and see the factory".

    That night I shot off an email and left a vm trying to arrange a time for a visit, but didn't get a reply, so decided to make the 20 min drive on the off chance that they might be able to help me out.

    Mapquest is pretty good and I made my way into the factory at Lewiston with no wrong turns and managed to gain access to the office as a visibly hurried Kyle flew through the door in the other direction --- apologizing I might say for not being able to stop and chat with an unannounced visitor! Since Kyle was gone, the other gentleman apologized and asked if I would like to speak with Mike about my needs! A few minutes later Mike came around the corner and proceeded to spend almost 2 hours with an uninvited, unscheduled visitor in what was clearly a busy afternoon.

    I think that my favorite comment was that he would be happy to sell me some shoes if I could take the time to look around the factory :) Needless to say, my youngest daughter and I received a highly educational tour of the business operations at Rancourt.

    We discussed my initial shoe needs and tried on numerous different styles and sizes to come up with the correct size (a slightly stretched 11 E - it seems very close to the Alden Barrie last btw) and I placed an order for the shoe that must be their current best seller - the beef roll penny loafer in black chromexcel and the leather tempest sole and contrasting stitching. I also ordered a pair of the venetian loafer in a dark brown suede with the rubber dotted leather sole.

    The loafers arrived today (the order was placed during our visit on July 26th), slightly before the expected date for delivery.

    I am anxiously awaiting the suede shoes and will post pictures when they both are in hand.

    I have to say that the loafers fit perfectly right out of the box and I am looking forward to wearing them out.

    I am now torn as to the next shoe to buy - the chukka boot in #8 Horween Cordavan is a sight to behold in person and that may be my next purchase.

    I have to thank Mike for taking time to chat with me in the store and take the time to discuss what he hopes to do with the business in the future - I have to say, I am really excited for them and hope that this short commentary might help someone else take the plunge in supporting these great US based entrepeneurs.

    I will post photos shortly.

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  13. Kashiwa

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    ^^ That's an awesome story. Thank you very much for sharing. Really hope to have the chance to visit Lewiston someday. (p.s. if you're ever there, you might want to check out Bourgeois Guitars as well!)

    #8 shell is a wonderful tone. Rich and versatile. Not sure why but Rancourt's #8 seems to be redder than the darker eggplant of Alden. You may want to consider whether you prefer the moc or plain toe chukka.

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  15. tv2177

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    wow that loafer looks real nice. Man I wish I had time to visit Rancourt when I was up in Maine last week. Maybe one day I'll get to go there and meet Mike or Kyle in person.

    those Dress Camp Moc are indeed a real nice makeup by the PDG. Keep it coming!
     


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