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Wants & Desires | Rancourt & Co for Brooks Brothers

Feb 13th, 2013 | Categories: Footwear, Made in the USA, Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams


What is it about Harris Tweed that gets me every time? I see it all over the place, collab’d almost to death, but still it never ceases to amuse me. Today I went by the Brooks Brothers offices to get a look at the fall 2013 collection. It’s a tricky thing, going to look at cold weather clothing when it is actually cold outside. Maybe tricky is not the word, maybe the term is torture? At any rate, they have some good stuff coming this fall including these Rancourt & Co. beef roll penny loafers made from a dark brown Scotch-grain leather and a Harris Tweed vamp. In real life the tweed looked slightly more grey than blue, as they appear in these photos — though regardless of the photogenic nature of the tweed, they are a handsome pair of shoes.

Two other examples of Harris Tweed footwear domination that come to mind are the Nigel Cabourn x Red Wing Munson boot and these Alfred Sargent Harris Tweed Seven Eyelet Boots. Don’t get too excited about either of those, I believe they are both long gone, though I could be mistaken.

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The take away here is, Harris Tweed makes everything better and most good shoemakers will do custom. So while you are waiting patiently for these Rancourt x Brooks Brothers loafers to appear at 346 (they should be available to buy come late summer / early September), insert some custom ordered tweed footwear in your life while it is still cold.


Comments: 9

9 Comments to “Wants & Desires | Rancourt & Co for Brooks Brothers”

  1. matthew langley
    on Feb 14th, 2013
    @ 9:33 AM

    I think I’m going to have to disagree with you on this one.

  2. chris
    on Feb 14th, 2013
    @ 6:05 PM

    From the side they sort of look nice. From the top/front, they look like house slippers.

  3. Jamie
    on Feb 14th, 2013
    @ 7:06 PM

    Hugh Hefner just ordered a pair.

  4. Fred
    on Feb 15th, 2013
    @ 6:57 PM

    “I think they’re wonderful!” — Mister Rogers

  5. Hart
    on Feb 17th, 2013
    @ 1:46 PM

    Okay, I can’t see wearing these, but at least they’re not one more iteration of the captoe Oxford, or wingtip brogue. Applaud weirdness. Keep it up.

  6. Ryan
    on Feb 18th, 2013
    @ 9:05 PM

    These are fantastic. Great casual option for Fall.

  7. Bill
    on Feb 19th, 2013
    @ 3:51 PM

    They look like they’re made out of the carpet and furniture from a Best Western lobby.

  8. jiheison
    on Feb 19th, 2013
    @ 6:04 PM

    Looks like it was inspired by some kind of menswear ipsum: . . . brooks brothers rancourt harris tweed loafer. . .

  9. SFer
    on Feb 20th, 2013
    @ 2:57 AM

    Need to see them on but they look like slippers. Chubby chubby slippers.