It’s amazing how you feel once you take the leap from “commodity shoes” that are basically made from plastic which is designed to look like leather (at least that’s what it seems like), to the real stuff that Rancourt & Co. makes from Horween leathers. My affinity for Rancourt started last year with a pair of ranger mocs that quickly became my go-to shoe. After buying those shoes I was hooked. Over the past year I have also come to know Mike and Kyle Rancourt personally and even spent some time up at their factory in Maine witnessing first hand how they do business.
Wearing the shoes, knowing the people and seeing the process all leads me to confirm that Rancourt makes one of the best, if not the best handsewn shoes in the world. It’s a bold statement, but one I genuinely believe to be true. It was with this appreciation that, a few weeks ago, I ordered some new Rancourt shoes — a pair of ranger mocs with Vibram cristy soles and a Horween shell cordovan (#8) beefroll penny loafer. As you can see from these pictures, they turned out as perfect as expected.
My decision to do a ranger moc with the cristy sole was largely based on the fact that, once worn, these can easily be re-crafted with a different (more traditional) sole. My decision on the cordovan loafer was to buy a shoes that will never ever need to be changed from now until eternity. If timeless was a shoe, then this would be it. You’d be hard pressed to find a better looking penny than Rancourt’s. The quality construction, shape of the last and the Horween cordovan is the stuff dreams are made of. I basically plan on wearing these two pairs of shoes all the time. To know that these shoes will only get better with age (and will inevitably resoled multiple times) makes all the difference. The future is bright my friends.