New Year, New Kicks

Posted: Jan 03 2017

Hello 2017! Even if your end-all, be-all new year's resolution may not be to freshen up your closet, the new year is still a great time to try out something new and reinvent your style, whether it's a bold change or just a subtle tweak. And what better place to start than from the ground up? Like Spike and Mike say, "it's gotta be the shoes." With that in mind, start your year off right with a look at a few footwear options here at Freeman from one of the newest and most exciting brands in the store: Rancourt & Co.

Rancourt & Co. have hand-made shoes in Maine since 1967. Using three generations footwear-making knowledge, they're best known for their hand-sewn, moccasin-style shoes and boots. However, they also offer an American-made take on the classic, minimalist leather sneaker that we fell in love with as soon as we saw it.

They call it the Court Classic, and we carry it in two styles. The first is the Court Classic Low, which we have in an all-white version that's as visually clean as it is unbelievably comfortable. Featuring low-top construction and an Italian sole from famed solemakers Vibram, a German footbed, and premium domestic leather (Maine-tanned cowhide outer, horsehide inner from Chicago's Horween Leather), the Court Classic Lows are handmade in Rancourt's Maine factory. Taking style cues from classic athletic footwear, along with a subdued, minimalist aesthetic, these look great with everything from shorts to denim to a suit. 

We also have the Court Classic Mid, a mid-height sneaker in a beautiful, deep navy leather. The Court Classic Mid features the same premium sole, footbed and leather inner and outer as the Low, as well as the same waxed shoelaces (they won't come untied). With the same subdued, minimalist profile as the Court Classic Low, they're a grown-up version of your favorite high-top athletic shoes. So if you've been trying to upgrade your style for 2017, we think the ground floor is a great place to start.

All photos courtesy Rancourt & Co.

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