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RANCOURT & Co. Shoes - Made in Maine

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Was going through some old Rancourt files and thought you guys might like to see some not often seen (maybe never seen) Rancourt creations... that are likely still possible to make as custom.

This is not helpful if you want me to keep buying from the other company... in the other thread... that is spelled... A---n. What leather was used for the cap toe blucher?

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Sorry to sound like a broken record but these Penny Pinch loafers may become my favorite pair of niche shoes for times when I will not be walking too much, such as running errands, and want an easy to slip-on pair of comfortable yet stylish shoes (thankfully I have many years before I start sporting Velcro strap sneakers).

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Looking good. The shape of the loafers seem better than the initial picture you posted too. Guess they’re breaking in nicely.
 

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Did you end up buying these true to brannock size?
I’m 11.5C/D brannock. These are 11D. They fit perfectly barefoot with a thin felt insole. I’m sure they’ll stretch a bit, but unless they stretch a LOT, I think they’ll be perfect. I don’t think I’d want to go any shorter. If they came in C width, it would be perfect.

In short, I recommend a half size down from true brannock.
 

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Ignored my own advice and wore my Pinch Penny loafers for more than 2 miles of walking yesterday and paid the price for it. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I need a more forgiving sole in all my shoes so this is not a criticism of Rancourt but rather hard rubber soles do not work for me. Even my Carmina PTBs with a Dainite-like sole leave me bruised when I walk too far in them so they are at a cobbler having leather soles installed.

I may call Rancourt today and ask about resoling options because I would like to wear these more often.

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I’m 11.5C/D brannock. These are 11D. They fit perfectly barefoot with a thin felt insole. I’m sure they’ll stretch a bit, but unless they stretch a LOT, I think they’ll be perfect. I don’t think I’d want to go any shorter. If they came in C width, it would be perfect.

In short, I recommend a half size down from true brannock.
Thanks, mine are arriving today. Rancourt recommended going tts and that's what I did. There was a lot of back and forth around ordering time so I'm crossing my fingers
 

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I’m 11.5C/D brannock. These are 11D. They fit perfectly barefoot with a thin felt insole. I’m sure they’ll stretch a bit, but unless they stretch a LOT, I think they’ll be perfect. I don’t think I’d want to go any shorter. If they came in C width, it would be perfect.

In short, I recommend a half size down from true brannock.
Thanks, mine are arriving today. Rancourt recommended going tts and that's what I did. There was a lot of back and forth around ordering time so I'm crossing my fingers
Will you both please update in a few weeks/months after they stretch? The Baxter's might be my next pair and I want to know how much they stretch over time. I too am confused about ordering TTS or 1/2 size down.
 

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Will you both please update in a few weeks/months after they stretch? The Baxter's might be my next pair and I want to know how much they stretch over time. I too am confused about ordering TTS or 1/2 size down.
Yeah, will do. I sold my Quoddy bluchers that were tts bc after 5-10 wears they still ate my heel up. Big reason why I didn't want to size down here (understand it's a different company and shoe but still similar)
 

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Yeah, will do. I sold my Quoddy bluchers that were tts bc after 5-10 wears they still ate my heel up. Big reason why I didn't want to size down here (understand it's a different company and shoe but still similar)
I also will update. Whether or not you wear socks could factor in as well. And truth be told, after sizing down too aggressively with my first pair, I’d rather err on slightly larger than the other way around.

Full disclosure: my feet are a little weird, so I’m not usually comfortable giving sizing advice, but happy to help where I can.
The lacing on the Baxter is nice in that I think it will cover up many mistakes.
 

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Yeah, will do. I sold my Quoddy bluchers that were tts bc after 5-10 wears they still ate my heel up. Big reason why I didn't want to size down here (understand it's a different company and shoe but still similar)
I also will update. Whether or not you wear socks could factor in as well. And truth be told, after sizing down too aggressively with my first pair, I’d rather err on slightly larger than the other way around.

Full disclosure: my feet are a little weird, so I’m not usually comfortable giving sizing advice, but happy to help where I can.
The lacing on the Baxter is nice in that I think it will cover up many mistakes.

My feet are weird too I recently learned: wide/flared forefoot, narrow heel, and average instep and arch (aka a great fit for Alden's modified last but not much else). I would only wear with socks so I am thinking TTS. That is also what BAK suggested in an earlier post and he worked for Rancourt before working for Alden.
 

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My feet are weird too I recently learned: wide/flared forefoot, narrow heel, and average instep and arch (aka a great fit for Alden's modified last but not much else). I would only wear with socks so I am thinking TTS. That is also what BAK suggested in an earlier post and he worked for Rancourt before working for Alden.
I'd probably go with his advice...
 

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