Every once in a while we like to spotlight a product that we use or make that we believe is special or unique and explains what makes it so. The Ranger-moc in green Shell cordovan is one of those really special products that we believe you should know more about.
First, We'll start with the materials: We take two Genuine Horween natural unglazed shells and cut all of the pieces required for the pair of shoes. After cutting we hand-dye the shells using a process we've developed using specially formulated cordovan dyes. The dye is not pigmented, so it does not cover up the surface of the leather which can lead to a flat and dull look. The aniline dyes penetrate the shell and retain all of the beautiful characteristics we desire in shell cordovan. The outsole is a natural latex material called Lactae Hevea and is made by Reltex in France Click here for more info on Reltex soles
Secondly, the construction of this pair, like most of our shoes, is genuine handsewn. Genuine Handsewn construction means that the vamp wraps completely underneath the foot and the top piece called the plug is joined with the vamp using an awl, two needles, and waxed threads to form the moccasin upper. The handsewer has the very important responsibility of shaping the shell cordovan to the last by hand, a difficult task since shell cordovan can be difficult to work with.
Lastly, the hand-finishing of this pair is exceptional. After the handsewer's task of stitching and shaping the shoes is complete they are placed in a hot-air dryer for a couple of hours. This helps complete the process of shaping and fitting the leather to the last. As you can imagine, the hot air really takes the moisture and life out of the leather. So after they are removed from the dyer and have cooled, we apply a generous amount of leather balm to the shoes to moisturize the leather and then burnish the leather by hand to lock in the balm, smooth out the shell, and bring up the shine a bit. After the bottoms are in place, we apply another layer of balm and burnish again. Then we use a special brush polish and very soft polishing brush to bring up the shine.
The finished product is a beautiful and unique pair of ranger-mocs with the comfort of a Reltex sole and the durability of Horween Shell Cordovan. This pair is engineered to last a lifetime. Available in black, color 8, Navy, and Tan (if you'd like to order a color other than green, just order the green on our website and make a note on your order to specify your color of choice).