RANCOURT & Co. Shoes - Made in Maine

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

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    jns425 Well-Known Member

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    First pair of Rancourts (have a 2nd pair - pics to follow in a few days). Green CXL. Nickel Eyelits. White vibram boot sole. White laces. They are unbelievably comfortable to walk in. Only problem is that there is just a tiny bit of heel slippage. I can tie them a little tighter though, so not really a big deal. No plans to wear them without socks. They really look great with jeans IMO. I have enough black and brown shoes, so I like that these are flashy.

    I went with the same size in my 2nd pair (navy CXL beefroll). The loafers are definitely a more narrow last. Much tighter fit, but kinda good because I know they will stretch well to my feet.

    I was initially planning on putting shoe trees in, but I don't think I am going to. I am afraid that the CXL is really so soft that they will stretch too much. I decided to keep the paper insert that they come with in the shoes, and then keep them in the dust bag.

    Got a couple questions for all you shoe people though: The length actually felt really good (in terms of where my toe hit), but if I wanted to eliminate the heel slippage on my next pair, would cutting the width down work? I bought an 8E, but if I went down to an 8 on the Ranger Moc would that eliminate the slippage? Is there any type of insert I can buy for them now (could I potentially add a lining to the shoe)?

    Lastly - on the the Rancourt website, it says that all lace shoes are on the same last - so I am assuming that is the boat shoes, but would it also include the camp mocs?
     


  2. FrankCowperwood

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    First, great looking shoes. Congratulations. Green is a great flashy color. It's bold, but it's going to go with a lot of different looks. Does look really good with denim, from what I can see in your photos. Also, Iike the nickel eyelets with the white sole and laces.

    Even though these feel really comfortable right out of the box (a hallmark of this kind of hand sewn shoe, IMO), I think you'll get some break in on the sole and in the shoe over all that should help with the heel slip. You can also consider either a tongue pad or a heel pad. I have had both in a pair of loafers. The heel pad eventually started to come off and left sticky residue, so my current preference is for tongue pads. You might also consider an insole. I've never used one of those.

    On going down a width: That should help create a snugger fit overall as you will be reducing the volume of the shoe, with the risk of finding out that that's to small for you in the laced shoes.

    Maybe see how you like the loafers after some wear, since they are starting with a snugger fit already. My guess is that they should mold and stretch to be very comfortable pretty soon. If you really end up liking that fit and you want another pair, you can request lace shoes on the loafer last. Something to consider.

    Enjoy!
     
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    Thanks for the info!

    So, if I wanted to - I could request a pair of Ranger Mocs on the loafer last?
     


  4. FrankCowperwood

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    Yes. As far as I know I've done just that. I have a pair of Ranger Mocs (green also, see below :)) on the 555 last, which I think is one of their loafer lasts. Regardless, you could specify that you want a future Ranger Moc made on the same last the Beefroll loafers, assuming that you end up liking the fit in that shoe in the size you have.

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    Great! I'm gonna wear both pairs out a bunch and probably try and order another pair at the start of the year.
     


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    What would be the email address for a custom order?


    (frankcowperwood - those green mocs are great btw!)
     
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    Thanks. You can put specific details in the note field for an online order. But I think I'd call and confirm the last to specify etc. I'll PM the email I have, though it seems as if people have been have more or less luck with email responses from Rancourt lately. Don't use the info email from the website. That never seems to get a response.
     


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    Thanks! They picked up the two times I called and were very helpful - so i'll probably confirm that way.
     


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    Anybody else have experience with the Timberland line? Looking at:

    http://shop.timberland.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12295791

    Don't know they don't make half sizes.
     


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    Those are nice if I could get them onsale, They are great looking, but $500 seems like a lot - the Rancourt website has some really nice ones for $285. If you don't feel like waiting - Oak Street also has some real nice ones for a little over $300.
     


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    Not sure I would call "Brown Pull-up" Spring/Summer color. Looks pretty all around to me and a great deal. Thanks...JT
     


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    Update:

    The slippage during my first time wearing the Ranger Mocs dissappeared during my 2nd wear. They feel extremely comfortable and have molded to my foot very quickly. I wore them yesterday from about 11 AM > 10 PM and I couldn't believe that they stayed comfortable all day! Even nice dress shoes like AE/Ferragamo start to hurt my feet when I wear them all day, but these felt great all day! Everyone loved them at thanksgiving taboot...

    I've decided to put some shoe trees in them. It wasn't my initial intention, but I definitely feel like they will keep the shape better and allow the shoes to last much longer. I
    don't wear them everyday, so I can see them lasting for a long time. After wearing them for 11 hours - I set them on my shoe rack to air out (before putting them back) with some rolled up newspaper in the tox and this morning they were still moist and the sides were still bowed out after a day of wearing.

    I tested them with some shoe trees I had sitting around and the small tree from Allen Edmonds seems to work perfectly, as it is not too big and doesn't stretch the sides of the shoe very much. They seem to really just hold the shape and hopefully get rid of the moisture.
     


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    For anyone in NYC, Rancourt will be at the pop up flea next weekend.
     


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    Anyone with the blake stitched boots have some sizing guidance for me?

    I wear a 10D in Alden's Barrie last in wingtip boots, 10 E in Allen Edmonds 5 lasted Cambridge, 10 D in AE 5 lasted Strand, 10 E in Alden for Brooks Brothers captoe balmorals, and 10 D in a pair of Alden for BB tassel loafers that are a bit too tight. I have a pair of OSB trail mocs size 10 D that are a bit big and a pair of Eastland made in Maine olive chromexcel trail oxfords size 9.5D that were tight when I first put them on and now fit perfectly.

    Trying to figure out how these blake boots fit is tricky 'cause TTS doesn't really mean anything to me. I'm guessing my TTS is between a 10E and 10.5D? I was thinking of going 10D with these boots because the CXL stretches. Thoughts?
     


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