Rancourt Proves One Piece of Leather Per Shoe Is All You Need

The Otto Collection is as minimal as it gets

By Alex Lauer

 
Rancourt Proves One Piece of Leather Per Shoe Is All You Need
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17 August 2017

Shoecrafters Rancourt & Co. are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, having hand-crafted shoes and boots in Maine since 1967.

The new Otto collection brings their history full circle, with two designs based on their popular Blake boot. The collection uses a handsewn construction technique borrowed from traditional moccasin-making, and — most impressively — each shoe is made from a single piece of leather.

Rancourt Otto (2 images)

They begin as heavyweight, vegetable-tanned steerhide sourced from Italy, which is then constructed in Maine with a Reltex Lactae Hevea Aspen sole and handsewn up the back. Both the larger boot ($390) and half-size blucher ($350) are available in a classic natural or more versatile black. (Though it should be noted that that undyed natural will develop a rich, unique patina depending on where you take 'em and how thoroughly you decide to beat them up.)

While delicate-looking compared to the piece-by-piece construction of most leather boots, these will suit a walk in the woods just as readily as city living. In fact, the lack of seams will make them more robust than your average shoe, meaning fewer repairs and a longer shelf-life.

Who knows: you may still be wearing them when Rancourt's 100th anniversary rolls around.

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