Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Taylor Stitch Suiting and Beefroll Penny Loafers

    Taylor Stitch launched custom men's suiting this past year with a pop-up shop in San Francisco. Next up is a ready made, unstructured denim suit, which pairs perfectly with our beefroll penny loafers. Photo evidence below.
    PANT_DenimSuit_5

  • Due North, Vol. 1 by Kyle Rancourt

    Kyle Rancourt will be writing a monthly column in Well Spent's weekly feature spot, Vol. 1 is about the challenges of finding craftspeople to make shoes in Maine. Read it here

  • Crafting shoes since 1964

    In 1964, my grandfather, David Rancourt, opted out of joining his father's lucrative logging business in Northern Maine and Canada to learn the handsewn moccasin trade. In the years since, David, my father Michael, and me (Kyle), have made shoes for some of the most iconic American brands including the original Quoddy Moccasin, Cole-Haan, Allen-Edmonds, and Red Wing. In 2010, more than four decades of shoemaking experience culminated in the launch of the first brand to bear the Rancourt name. Today, we use our three generations of knowledge, experience, and passion for shoemaking to bring you some of the finest shoes made in the United States of America.

    We are proud that all of our shoes are made, literally by hand, in our factory in Maine that we own and operate. There are no investors or outside interests. My father and I own 100% of the business and handle all of the operations on a daily basis. We both live within three miles of the factory and could not imagine trying to manage this business from afar. We are, truly, a family business. We employ many members of the same family, including our own. Not only do we believe that this fosters an environment of trust but also a passion for the success of our business. Our greatest goal is to see the shoemaking trade in Maine thrive. We thank you for being a part of it.

  • Short List of USA Shoe Manufacturers

    This is a list of companies and brands that own their own factories and manufacture their own products in the USA. The do not contract with factories like ours. If you think someone important is missing from this list add it to the comments. Always buy from the manufacturer, it makes a difference. You'll typically get the best prices, the customer service will be knowledgeable on construction, materials, and sizing, and if something goes wrong they'll know how to fix it.

    Rancourt & Co. Shoecrafters
    https://www.rancourtandcompany.com/

    Alden
    http://www.aldenshoe.com

    Red Wing
    http://www.redwingshoes.com/

    Allen Edmonds
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/

    Quoddy
    http://www.quoddy.com/

    Russell Moccasin
    http://www.russellmoccasin.com/

    White's Boots
    http://www.whitesboots.com/

    Genesco / Parent company of Johnston & Murphy
    http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/group.aspx?name=men/usa (beware: most shoes not manufactured in USA)

    Danner
    http://www.danner.com/

    Chippewa / Justin Boots
    http://www.chippewaboots.com/
    http://www.justinboots.com/en/

    Wesco
    http://www.westcoastshoe.com/wesco/home.asp

    New Balance (beware: very few styles actually produced in the USA)
    http://www.newbalance.com/

    Weinbrenner / Thorogood
    http://www.weinbrennerusa.com/dspNavCategory.cfm?rootID=

  • FREE GROUND SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $99

    Announcing free domestic ground shipping on all orders over $99.

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