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  • Oh the colors! New Shell Cordovan penny loafer collection

    Posted on April 5, 2014 by Rancourt & Co.

    The beauty and durability of Genuine Horween Shell Cordovan is virtually unmatched in the world of leather. We have always found that the comfort and timeless style of our genuine handsewn penny loafers pairs perfectly with shell cordovan. Get them now in the classics like black or Color 8 or splurge on one of our custom hand-dyed colors.


    For Spring we're adding unlined pinch penny loafers with natural leather soles to our Made to order collection. The pinch penny is more refined than the beefroll while retaining that sophisticated casual look. They are available in black, espresso, caramel, color 8, navy, and dark green.


    Our Weltline penny loafer is the height of sophistication when it comes to handsewn penny loafers. The full strap is clean looking and lends itself to a classic American look. Our weltline penny loafer is fully lined and pairs well with dress slacks and a sport-coat





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  • Removing innersole from Blake Boots

    Posted on March 6, 2014 by Rancourt & Co.

    This is a well worn (2+ years) Blake boot, one of our early models. The uppers are an SB Foot leather, fully lined, with a leather midsole and plantation crepe wedge sole. I wanted to show how safely and easily the innersoles can be removed if need be. To be 100% clear, we do not typically have to remove and/or replace the innersoles when a Blake shoe or boot is be re-soled. However, after multiple re-solings it may be best to replace the innersole if it is compromised by all of the stitch holes. I also wanted to demonstrate how the fiberboard innersoles we use do mold to your feet and even after two years of heavy use are still in great shape and do not need to be replaced


    The boots have been "re-lasted" meaning the original last has been inserted back into the boots.

    At this point we are ready to remove the sole unit. He inserts a thin and sharp knive between the uppers and the midsole and carefully cuts all of the threads attaching the midsole to the innersole.

    After the sole unit is removed we are ready to carefully peel the upper away from the innersole.

    He begins by gently wedging a blunt metal tool in between the upper and innersole and carefully pulling the uppers away from the innersole. The tool has no sharp edges so as not to cut or damage the uppers.

    When the uppers are separated from the innersole the upper can be safely removed.

    All pieces [...]

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  • Rancourt for Brooks Brothers waxed cotton boat shoes

    Posted on March 5, 2014 by Rancourt & Co.

    This is a special project a long time in the making. We’ve spent the past year developing a boat shoe that is made from British Millerain waxed cotton (the same used in Barbour jackets) and Horween chromexcel. The shoes are fully lined in leather and have an exceptional deck sole, not your run of the mill boat shoe. The waxed cotton will age beautifully and makes these shoes almost waterproof. These will be available exclusively at Brooks Brothers for Spring 2014


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  • The best leather we can find

    Posted on February 11, 2014 by Rancourt & Co.

    There is nothing we love more than beautiful leather, that is why we search the world for the best leather that we can find. Shell Cordovan and Chromexcel from Horween in Chicago, Bison from the American Southwest, Repello suede from England, Box calf from France, and mimosa calf from Italy. All of our decisions are about making the best and most interesting shoes we possible can. We hope you enjoy.

    Clymer boot beauty

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  • Travel and Market Week

    Posted on January 8, 2014 by Rancourt & Co.

    We have Berlin and New York Market weeks coming up in the next two weeks. In the meantime, I'm using this trip to Europe to visit with retail stores in London, including current customer John Simons.
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    After a quick jaunt to Paris, next up will be Skomaker Dagestad in Oslo, Norway for a cold weekend in Scandinavia. Skomaker Dagestad recently received some SMU's tailor made for the bitterly cold Norwegian winters. Shearling lined boots and slippers, available exclusively at his prestigious brick and mortar store in the heart of Oslo.

    Next week brings us to Bread & Butter in Berlin for four days at one of the biggest market weeks in the world. Then It's quickly back to New York for Capsule Show where we'll be showing our new and extensive Fall 2014 collection.

    Look for more updates and pictures in the coming days.

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