RANCOURT & Co. Shoes - Made in Maine

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  1. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    Okay, this picture of the Jack Spade collab made me decide to go plain toe

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    I still have to decide on the sole. I just noticed that these have 7 eyelets instead of the 6 on the ones on their website. Kinda like the Jack Spade one, so I'll see if they can do that.
     


  2. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    Yeah, exactly, with more casual chino style khakis. I wish they had the ranger in the lighter color, that's made this harder. [​IMG]
     


  3. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Yuck, I see what you mean about boots with no heel. Also, if that is the same color in that pic, I'd go honey sole 100%.

    When I tried on my blakes I didn't even lace the top eyelets because it didn't seem necessary, the second to top seemed high enough, if that helps at all. I guess its more of a testament to how well they fit on my feet. (that I didn't have to compensate by tying them tight around my ankle)


    Also, I have to add. Rancourt sure is good at coming up with creative new combinations of the same old variables. (like the eyelets and laces in that pic)


    What color stitching are you thinking for the upper? I think those in the pic above look too one-dimensional with matching stitching. I asked for white on mine, which would have balanced out the darkness of the espresso, but as you know, they forgot that part of my design, thus the boots went back.
     
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  4. Kashiwa

    Kashiwa Senior member

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    My unsolicited 2 cents. Not meant to stir things up, but just a personal reflection after spending a considerable period of time thinking about different shoe and boot options.

    Rancourt is good. They're first on my list for moccasin type shoes, including loafers and camp mocs. And also for moccasin style boots. Like this.

    http://www.hickorees.com/brand/ranc...-suede-moccasin-boot-grey-hickorees-exclusive

    If I wanted the moccasin fit and aesthetic, I would go with a boot like the above. And be very happy. But, if I wanted a plain toe boot, or a more dress casual shell boot. I think I would look elsewhere. There are so many great options. Alden, Viberg, Whites. Think they all produce superior boots.

    Again, just an unsolicited 2 cents.
     


  5. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Viberg and Whites make cordovan boots? I always thought of them as being much more substantial/heavy boots, particularly whites, but I'm not that well versed in their offerings.
     
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  6. Kashiwa

    Kashiwa Senior member

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    Bit of a complex question. White's has a model in #8. Viberg used to do shell. And, apparently, they still do it for special runs. Leffot just offered a special Viberg #8 makeup. Last time I checked, they had one slot left for a smaller size. But they went fast. I know Viberg want to do more shell, but they were having trouble with.....something. Perhaps sourcing small batches? Can't remember.

    Other shell options are Trickers and Carmina. And Alden, obviously.

    Edit: And Wolverine.
     
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  7. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    I think you have a very valid point, that moccasins are Rancourt's forté and boots are not, but they do allow you to custom design a single pair of boots.

    I know Trickers does too, but they don't use Horween shell. I've never handled the Comipel, but would be curious to hear your thoughts on it if you have. The pair that first started my quest was the Trickers Herman in Magano shell. I just couldn't take a gamble on the sizing and unfamiliar tannery for that price. Then I became distracted by the boot in my avatar, which eventually became a group MTO and is awaiting confirmation from Alden. The Espresso boot I ordered from Rancourt became a hedge incase that didn't come to fruition, and as a more casual alternative to hold me over in the meantime.
     


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    Completely agree with this.
     


  9. Kashiwa

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    Bakes and others, just to be clear, I'm not trying to belittle Rancourt's boots. I'm sure you've got a fine pair of boots, er, will have when they boomerang back. And customization is undoubtedly a good thing, as is the comfort of a handsewn boot.

    I love Korean food! Absolutely love it. At least in Korea or here in Japan. But, in the states, there are thousands of Koreans dishing up some strange concoction called "teriyaki". Not even a whiff of kimchi in the place. Very disappointing.

    Maybe I'm just a purist or a traditionalist, but I prefer it when we stick to our roots. Of course, Korean Americans are free to serve teriyaki. And handsewn shoe makers in Maine are free to do plain toe boots. But, as a consumer, I'm attracted to the authentic.

    Just my 2 cents.......
     


  10. Bakes11771

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    I understand completely. I didn't perceive it as an attack on Rancourt, and I think your point is quite valid. In fact, as I mentioned earlier today, the boots that I got seem like more of a "hightop shoe" than a boot, from the shape of the last. Whites and Viberg are probably as much of a boot as anything can be.

    I didn't want to come off as defensive, just wanted to point out that Rancourt can deliver a custom designed "boot" in less than a month, and I think thats a lot of the appeal, at least from my perspective
     
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  11. grendel

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    I understand what you're saying, but I've been unable to find what I want in Alden, Wolverine, etc. There aren't that many places with chromexcel boots from Alden that have any in stock and most of them have leather soles or other little things off from what I want. I love the look of the LS ultimate jumper or vanguard boot but both have leather soles and are sold out. I don't really like the look of Indy boots or the kudu or chamois leather (at least not for this pair).

    I hadn't looked at White's but now I'm looking at their Semi Dress MTO. I'm not sure they'll work for me though because what I've been reading says they're good for people with high arches and uncomfortable for people with lower arches (like me). Viberg seem very expensive for their service boots.

    I'd certainly like to be pointed in the direction of something like what I'm looking at here.
     


  12. Winston S.

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    It would be very odd to see Teriyaki on a Korean menu here in NY.
     


  13. Winston S.

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    Some pics from the Rancourt "stand" at the NY pop up flea yesterday:

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    The stand was too small and crowded to get better pics when I was there. They also had some cordovan boots and ranger mocs on display too.

    I brought my Venetians to see if they had a recrafting service and spoke to an attractive young lady about it and she said they could resole them and there is actually an option for it on their website, which I did not know about. $50 for resoling and $75 for a resole and refinish of the upper.
     


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    Nice post, thanks for sharing.

    I wonder if those were the cordovan boots I just sent back to them.

    Your venetians need recrafting already?
     


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    The Comipel shell that Tricker's uses isn't as nice as Horween but it's okay. It's thinner and doesn't seem as tough.
    I wouldn't rule it out and would probably buy it again if it was on a pair of Tricker's I liked provided the price wasn't too insane.
    One good thing about the Comipel shell is it's available in a lot of colors.
     


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