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Meet Your Maker | Rancourt & Co.

Aug 4th, 2011 | Categories: Footwear, Made in the USA, Maine | by Michael Williams

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.]

Comments: 20

20 Comments to “Meet Your Maker | Rancourt & Co.”

  1. jfox/10e
    on Aug 4th, 2011
    @ 10:03 PM

    beefroll awesomeness. jumps off the screen. serious leather materials included. #recessedchannelpr0n

  2. Jake Davis
    on Aug 4th, 2011
    @ 11:13 PM

    The Rancourt & Co. shoes are really sharp. Just an FYI I purchased the Beefroll Penny Loafer they made with Jack Spade. One of the best looking loafers I’ve seen. Unfortunately, they stretched a full size and I had to give them to a buddy. I think it was because the leather they used on that specific collaboration was super soft. Regardless, I’m still into this brand.

  3. robbie
    on Aug 4th, 2011
    @ 11:20 PM

    beautiful shoes

  4. Michael M.
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 2:12 AM

    These guys do amazing work. I grew up playing sports against Kyle and am happy to soon be promoting their brand out at our store in San Francisco. To back Michael up here, I recently visited their factory and it is amazing to see the true craftspeople they have working on the floor. Glad these guys are doing it the ole fashioned way!

  5. Noble County Gold
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 5:40 AM

    Have been holding off on buying a pair of loafers and I am glad I did. These are perfect. Will be checking them out today.

  6. TMH
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 5:57 AM

    Haven’t worn penny loafers in decades.
    These look great and really comfortable.
    I love the Chukka Mocs too. They have widths
    too. This is a great find.

  7. Chris Adamiak
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 6:25 AM

    What a beauty of a shoe, the Mocs inside looks just as or if not even more supple than the buttery outside. Very Nice! Love to see some pics of the process!

  8. anothergloriousbattle
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 7:09 AM

    Deck shoes are killer

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  9. Ramalhoni
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 8:11 AM

    I was trying to find the perfect beefroll penny loafer. Thanx Michael for finding it for me ..!!!…

  10. Brian E.
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 9:13 AM

    I’m currently waiting on a pair of MTO 4-eye bluchers that Kyle helped me customize. He was incredibly patient and responsive to all of my questions, going as far as describing the benefits and draw backs of each type of leather and a little bit about the tanning process. So far, the service has been great and I can’t wait to get my shoes.

  11. Charles
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 11:12 AM

    Chromelxel beefrolls on order. Thanks.

  12. StriversRowUSA
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 1:51 PM

    Those loafers are gorgeous. Always good to hear about people who care about craftsmanship.

  13. Jerry Grasso
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 2:32 PM

    Ordered and Published and ACL called out! http://grassoism.blogspot.com/2011/08/now-mine.html

  14. nathan
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 7:17 PM

    YES, these look amazing. Is Rancourt going to join the illustrious ACL American List?

  15. Joy
    on Aug 7th, 2011
    @ 5:53 AM

    This is a gorgeous pair of shoes. Just wow.

  16. JRS
    on Aug 7th, 2011
    @ 6:41 PM

    Holy lord…one of each, please.

  17. Kyle Rancourt
    on Aug 8th, 2011
    @ 3:54 PM

    Thank you everybody for the positive comments. Please visit our site and navigate to the “Our Shoes” page for factory pictures and a guided video tour through the process of making traditional handsewn moccasins

  18. Bryan
    on Aug 11th, 2011
    @ 10:09 AM

    I recently received a pair of boat shoes I ordered from Kyle. They are #8 shell cordovan. I know it sounds crazy, but when you put them on your feet you can’t believe how good they feel. They were made to order of course, it’s nice to know that even crazy ideas are possible.

    Bravo to Kyle and his crew!

  19. Becky Sue
    on Aug 18th, 2011
    @ 10:42 PM

    Thank you for continuing to write posts regarding Made-In-America products!

  20. Ale
    on Aug 21st, 2011
    @ 6:57 AM

    U G L Y