RANCOURT & Co. Shoes - Made in Maine

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  1. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Ordered This: (admittedly inspired by Calikid's boots)


    Blake Boot- Espresso Shell Cordovan
    Fully lined
    - Orange lining
    Gusset - Black lining
    Shiny Nickel Eyelets (was contemplating dull nickel)
    White Stitching
    Tempest outsole
    Natural midsole with beige stitch
    Brown edge stain on sole



    Went TTS- Hopefully it works out.

    Pics to follow in a few weeks.
     
  2. FrankCowperwood

    FrankCowperwood Senior member

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    ^Congratulations. They sound great. You are going to wear those for a long time.

    I like the idea of the colored lining. That makes it a little more interesting.

    In addition to seeing photos, I will be very interested to hear your thoughts on the sizing once you get them on your feet.
     
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    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Thanks, I'll be interested about the sizing too. As my earlier post indicated, there was a bit of uncertainty in that regard. They said they are TTS, but then suggested I go half a size down from my true size based on some boat shoes I tried on. Then they referred me to their sizing chart, which put me a full size below TTS. I disregarded it because I have seen their chart cause others to buy shoes that are too small. Ended up going TTS, as I figured you can wear shoes that are too big more easily than you can wear shoes that are too small.

    I'll let you know how they fit.
     
  4. jns425

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    I've been trying to find it in past posts, but I can't seem to...

    Does the "Tempest" refer to the rubber circles on the bottom of some of the shoes? So would you get the leather sole on the website with the tempest outsole?

    Also...are there multiple shades of green available in CXL? I've been looking through the pictures and I've seen olive green, light green, dark green, etc.
     
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  5. FrankCowperwood

    FrankCowperwood Senior member

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    As far as the tempest sole, yes, it's a leather sole with a rubber contact layer. Looks very practical and pretty low profile. I don't have this from Rancourt personally.

    Here it is on a Ranger Moc.
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    Don't know how many colors of green CXL there are. I'd imagine there could be quite a few. Maybe give Rancourt a call.
     
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    Bedford Chukka
    Natural Chromexcel
    Plantation Crepe sole w/ no heel to toe drop

    Pumped :slayer:
     
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    jns425 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!

    I'm actually going to Portland Dry Goods this weekend to get a pair of Ranger Mocs and Beefroll loafers MTO. Just trying to get an idea of what I want before I go in. I keep changing my mind, but I've got in narrowed down I think.
     
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    jns425 Well-Known Member

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    Sounds awesome!
     
  9. Bakes11771

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    I think that asking for "Tempest" necessitates the leather part of the sole that goes with it.

    For example, I don't think that you can get that Tempest rubber contact area on a camp moc, wedge, lactae, or other sole.

    So in short, the "Tempest" refers to the combination of that rubber contact area in combination with the leather sole.

    You don't have to say "leather sole with tempest outsole", because just saying "Tempest" implies the leather beneath it.

    By saying "leather", you are referring to just a leather sole without that rubber contact patch.

    I'm not an expert on this, but this is my understanding. Others please feel free to confirm or disprove.
     
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    That is pretty much what I figured.
     
  11. FrankCowperwood

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    ^Agree. I think that's a good clarification by Bakes11771. Enjoy the visit to PDG. I was in there over the summer and it seems like a great store.
     
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    The sizing chart was off for me. I've been struggling with some too small ranger mocs as a result. I was assured that the sizing chart was "the most accurate way to measure" by Rancourt. I wear an 11D typically (eg sperries) and am 11d on brannock. I measured as 10D/9.5E on the sizing chart, which is what I went with. My toes are quite squished and I should've gone with at least 10.5D. I'm still contemplating whether I should wait for them to stretch or pawn them off.

    My OSB experience was quite the opposite with some cxl loafers. At 10.5D they fit well initially and stretched a ton after a couple days of wear (greater than half a size even) to the point of becoming unwearable. I gave up after a few months and sold them for cheap.

    The shoes are absolutely gorgeous though. Just the sizing is a pita.
     
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    ^Right. And as you point out, the sizing is affected by different factors. Style (tie vs. slip on, handsewn vs. Blake) and leather being the big ones. Maybe we aren't hearing from those who have been successful with the sizing chart, but it seems as if errs on the small side to the extreme. Not sure my Rancourt is so insistent that it's a good tool.
     
  15. Bakes11771

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    hhkb

    If you send them back to rancourt they can stretch them for you or re-last them. Not sure if you are already aware of that option, or if it is even an interest to you.

    Good luck with them, and thanks for the anecdote. It should help others avoid the same problem in the future.
     

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