In the early 1950’s David Rancourt left his home in Sherbrooke, QC Canada to learn the trade of shoemaking in Lewiston, Maine. By 1967 he had opened his own factory producing handmade moccasins. In 1970, his eldest son, Michael, joined him in the business. Together they grew the fledgling moccasin shop into a fully developed shoe factory producing luxury calfskin loafers for some of the best brands in the world. As a consequence of life's twists and turns, the factory changed ownership in the 1990's with Michael remaining at the helm. In 2008, the owners announced plans to close the operation in Lewiston, prompting Michael and his son Kyle to buy it back and launch Rancourt & Co. in 2009. Under the guidance of a new father-son partnership, Rancourt & Co. has continued the tradition of outstanding handsewn shoes.
Today, the commitment to the craft has never been stronger. Rancourt sources the highest quality materials available and continually strives to craft some of the best shoes in the world. They are committed to honoring and preserving the shoemaking tradition that exists in their community. All Rancourt & Co. footwear is made in the factory in Lewiston, Maine USA.
Genuine Handsewn Moccasin Construction
The genuine handsewn moccasin construction is recognized worldwide as uniquely American. Since 1967, the Rancourt family has been crafting moccasins in Maine and for three generations they have strived to craft the best shoes in the world. Although moccasins have evolved from soft leather bottoms to more durable constructions, at Rancourt the practice of hand fitting leather to a shoe form, called a last, remains just as it has for generations. The shoemakers, some with four decades of handsewing experience, are skilled in shaping and fitting the leather to the last with simple tools. They carefully tack the leather in place, then hand-stitch the leather with needles and waxed thread to create the moccasin upper. This produces a remarkably comfortable and flexible shoe.