Three generations of the Rancourt family have been making shoes in Maine since the mid-1960s. Over the years the company has made shoes for a variety of big American shoe companies, passing the hand-sewing skills down from generation to generation. Recently the company has moved into a new facility in Lewiston, Maine where, in addition to making shoes for a host of well respected brands, the Rancourts recently begun to more widely offer the shoes it makes under its own label, Rancourt & Co. To this end Rancourt just launched it’s own online shop where you can purchase the company’s fine handsewn shoes — everything from Horween shell cordovan beefroll penny loafers to traditional moccasin style leather shoes — direct from the makers in Maine.
A few months back I actually had the opportunity to visit the Rancourts up in Lewiston and get a tour of the new factory. Previously, I had heard quite a bit about the company — which is run by father Michael Rancourt with help from his son Kyle — and seen the Rancourt & Co. label shoes in a few places in Japan, but the visit was my first chance to meet the people at the heart of the company. Needless to say the Rancourts know a helluva a lot about handsewing and shoe making in general. On top of that, they are good people who are doing their part to continue the shoe craft in Maine. Even if you take all of that away, Rancourt makes some damn fine shoes, which thankfully, are now widely available to handsewn loving people all over the world. [Rancourt & Co.]