RANCOURT & Co. Shoes - Made in Maine

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  1. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    More than your average shoe, but probably not 4 widths.
     


  2. FrankCowperwood

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    ^Exactly. Enjoy PDG.
     


  3. sambodini

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    CXL is very soft. I have the Alden 403 lined boots and they have stretched quite a bit in the pinky toe and could go farther. Maybe it's just me, but this kind of stretching doesn't look great.
     


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    stevent Senior member

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    I have a few CXL quoddies and get 10D for each of them. I'm normally 10.5E of 11D and they stretch out pretty good, especially the unlined ones
     


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    I printed out the chart at 100% scaling and ended up with it being off size. When checking the size of the printout, it was too small. I imagine some people could omit this check and end up off a size or two. Just a guess though. I was also skeptical of the chart and would like to try some on in person before dropping that kind of dough with no returns.
     


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    I printed up the sizing chart just as is and when I did the scaling check with the credit card it was off. I then reprinted at full size without "fit to print" and the "credit card test" matched up.

    I pretty much measured almost exactly the same size as I do in Allen Edmonds. My width was just between a D and E, but I'd probably do an E.

    In Allen Edmonds I am EEE.
     


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    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    FYI: Taryn is out of the country for a few weeks, so don't bother emailing her. Got off the phone with them. Glad that I called because I would have been waiting quite a while before my order was recieved.
     


  8. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Anyone have any sizing insight on the Blake Boots? I was going to go my true size, 9.5D, but they are encouraging me to go 9D. Any insight in greatly appreciated.
     


  9. FrankCowperwood

    FrankCowperwood Senior member

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    Bakes11771: Just called myself about the Blake Chukka. I was told that the hand sewn shoes run large and that the Blake is TTS, and even runs on the narrow side. This sounds contrary to the advice you got.

    My limited knowledge of these things suggests that boot lasts (and it does seem that the Blake is a boot only for now) run larger, sensibly enough. Comparanda for me include Wolverine 1000 Mile and the Alden Trubalance (maybe throw Barrie in there, though I think that's really a shoe last first...).

    Of course, this is complicated by the fact that I am very dubious of the claim that the hand sewns run large. Not my experience at all. I also see that they only list D widths on the Web site, and I know that TTS D for me is definitely tight in the hand sewn. It was unclear if they can do a wide in this chukka, and this just isn't currently listed as an option, or not.

    My gut is to try an 11.5D in this, with TTS being 11D verging on 11E.

    Hmm....
     


  10. Bakes11771

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    They told me that the Boat Shoe (hand sewn) runs small. And that since a 9.5 boat shoe fit me, I should go 9 blake. So indeed we are getting conflicting info.

    They told me to to refer to their sizing chart, which I dont trust, (see phi psi's post from 8/2) on which I am a size 8 barefoot, 8.5 athletic socks.

    If they say blake is tts, and all my other shoes are 9.5, I don't know why they are encouraging me to get a 9.

    I think the reason why their chart causes everyone to buy shoes that are too small is because in reality, your heel isn't pressed firmly against the back of the heel of the shoe, it's forward a bit.

    I think I'm just going to order 9.5D. Better too big than too small, right? Besides, they told me to get a 9 on the boat shoe, and I got a 9.5 which worked out. It was even a little snug (on the little toe) without socks. 9 probably would have stretched to size, being CXL, but lined cordovan doesn't really stretch.

    I also suspect that they encourage people to lean towards the smaller size because they can always stretch them in they are too small, and can't shrink them if they are too big.

    Anyone else have any thoughts/advice/guidance?
     


  11. FrankCowperwood

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    ^Honestly, the person I talked to didn't sound too confident. Who knows, I may have misunderstood her. I know she described Blake as TTS, though.

    My final 2 cents is that it is better to be on the large side, particularly with a boot. You aren't going to wear them with dress socks and you have the lacing up the ankle to help the fit.

    I think they can relast a size too large down, if it comes to that. The corollary to stretching.
     


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    Who do I email then?
     


  13. Bakes11771

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    I've been communicating with a girl named Jordan.
     


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    Contemplating ordering the Bedford Chukka. Emailed Kyle, he's out of the country til the 12th - emailed someone else he said to contact..

    Looking to get them made in a natty cxl w/ a brick camp-moc sole or a crepe sole if they can make it with a minimal heel to toe drop. Trying to be all minimal, bros.
     


  15. FrankCowperwood

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    Seems like the crepe sole should be easier to use to minimize the heel-toe drop. Have you considered the Reltex lactae hevea soles? Personally I prefer the camp-moc sole to the crepe, but then these won't be my chukkas. :)

    I have this make up in mind of a shell beefroll loafer on a red siped rubber sole with what I think would then be an aesthetic leather welt. I've noted that Rancourts has plans for a design your own shoe function for its site (seen both November and December as the rollout months, so what do you think that means practically? March?). Will look forward to fiddling with that.
     


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