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I own a pair of $165 J&M's and I really like them. This picture from the website doesn't do justice:
These shoes were very hard to break in but now they feel great. The leather looks pretty decent too. Granted they are not comparable to my Park Avenues (which cost $370 w/ tax) but what shoe is better at that price point?
It seems to me that the Johnston & Murphys you can find on sale in the $125 range are among the cheaper Goodyear welted shoes you can find. Is it safe to say that J & Ms are the best shoes at that price point? Allen Edmonds are fantastic, and I have a couple of pairs, but I'm not looking to pay AE prices for all of my shoes, particularly the ones I wear to the office on days I don't have meetings or to go to court.
In early 2012, Amazon had a sale on Johnston & Murphy shoes, and I grabbed pairs of their Harding bluchers in brown and black, for $85-$90 each. I knew they weren't top-of-the-line shoes, but they seemed like decent buys at the price. In the past couple of months, the soles of both pairs have cracked all of the way through. I've never seen this happen in all of my years of wearing shoes. The soles of both of the black shoes cracked, as well as the right shoe from my brown pair.
I don't know if its worth taking these to the cobbler. Has anybody dealt with Johnston & Murphy directly, and, if so, do you know what sort of remedy I could receive if I send these back to the company? Might I get replacements, or a discount on a future pair of (hopefully higher quality) shoes?
I just purchased a pair of J&M cap toe shoes for $215, my third pair in 10 years. Quality has been alright. I was unaware of AE's existence until this forum, and will look for a pair of those in the future. I'd love a pair of ferragamos but alas can't afford the $695 price tag as of yet.
J&M has some reasonably styled shoes (and some utterly horrible ones as well) that, as of late, seem to ape AE's designs, at least that is what I glean from the catalogs they keep sending me. I think they are trying to become a low-cost alternative to AE rather than their more recent past of making club-douche shoes. However, the few pairs I have examined were absolutely entry level quality.
On the subject of Ferragamo, I have been wearing Ferragamo shoes since I was 16 and father has been wearing them since he was in college (60+ years ago); just as some families only buy one make of car, my family only bought Ferragamos (ridiculous, but true). My most recent pair of black cap toes (~4 years old) has displayed an alarming drop in quality, most notably in the interior construction of the uppers where virtually everything is wearing badly. In comparison, I have 18 year old examples that are still in pretty good shape and have more expected and even levels of wear. I had never bought or considered AE prior to lurking on this forum, so my first pair were quite a revelation; frankly they are better made for less money and, to my surprise, remarkably comfortable.