The 25 Best New England Brands of All Time

From: Lewiston, Maine
Founded: 2008

It's really nothing remarkable that Rancourt & Co. makes each pair of its footwear by hand in Lewiston, Maine—if you're from New England, that is. To outsiders, Rancourt might seem like another heritage brand, but a quick look into the brand's history will show that Rancourt is a third-generation family that survives by making the best quality shoes and boots the only way it knows how: with every intended stitch and welt. Sure, the brand has branched out and is now offered at Club Monaco (and every other upstanding menswear retailer), but a quick contact to the shoemakers and you'll have your own custom pair of footwear. There's not many other manufacturers who can boast this speciality.

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