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Newbie to nice shoes. J&M for $365 ?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi,

I've recently started updating my wardrobe, and decided to invest in some more expensive shoes.  I ended up buying a pair of shoes at Johnston and Murphy for $365. (Canadian dollar is at par with US). 

 

They are the Ellard Saddle shoe - Made in Italy. I love the look of them - I've worn the shoes once and I can see some imperfections that are bugging me, (and possibly sole glue coming unstuck). I was thinking of just getting them replaced with a pair that didn't have the same problem - but the more I research - the more it seems that J&M isn't the place to spend big money on shoes.

 

Is there any chance that J&M'S more expensive shoes are better quality than their cheaper shoes - or should I take the back and replace with something from AE? Wish that AE had that style/colour.

 

Thanks for any opinions/info!

post #2 of 14
Seems a bit steep for J&M, but I've heard some of their higher end stuff is pretty decent (I have a cheap pair of oxfords from them that have aged like hell...though comfortable...and a rather pricey pair of suede boat shoes that have aged beautifully)
post #3 of 14
$365 is ridiculous. Return. Look into AE. Or, if you're after a more European flare, Meermin. You're after Blake/Rapid stitched or Goodyear welted construction. Pay attention to how the shoes are made, as it will dictate how the shoes wear and age.
post #4 of 14
$365 is absurd for Johston & Murphy. Heck, $3.65 is ridiculous for em as well. If at all possible, return.

Meermin, Shipton & Heneage, AE, high end used off eBay, go to Nordstrom Rack. Plenty of options in the $200 - $350 category. You can prob even scoop Aldens on a J Crew 20% off day for that kind of money.
post #5 of 14
Amen, way off. AE's are always solid, if a bit common, and I have several Shipton & Heneage as well as Herring (both UK brands, so you pay a little for shipping.) Don't be afraid to check out eBay, either: I just got a pair of barely used AE Cordovan longwings for $99.20.
post #6 of 14
Amazon sale right now for AE!
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info...I returned them, and am going to pull the trigger on some AE shoes this week. I've also found a few pairs on ebay and Kijiji, too, so I think I'll be buying two pairs, and be on the lookout for more, now that I'm armed with some quality names.

 

I knew everyone would say return them - but because I love the style of those shoes, I was still hoping that J&M's handcrafted Italian shoes were of better quality.

 

I have to give some props to the salesperson at J&M. She was helpful, and let me return them with grace.

 

Chris

 

Goodbye JM Shoe.


Edited by Chrisjomo - 10/5/12 at 8:41am
post #8 of 14

ya better kiss that goodbye.  looks very much like correct grain leather with blake construction, or maybe glued.  not worth 365.

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

Just to put an ending on this post - I took the money from returning the J&M shoes, and bid on a bunch of shoes on Ebay.

I've won, and received four pairs of (used) shoes:

    Allen Edmonds Lexington Cap toes. Brown (Similar to the Sanford) $100

    Allen Edmonds Milford slip ons Black    $80

    Allen Edmond Presidio Burgundy          $45

    Salvatore Ferragamo   Chukka Black    $66

 

Very happy with them all. Love the Lexingtons.  Was surprised at how near perfect all the shoes were.

I know a lot more about shoes now, and more about what I like, and I still have $70 to fire off at another pair.

Watch out 11.5 EE or 12E''s - I'm coming for you. :)

 

Chris

post #10 of 14
Not a fan of some of those lines, but definitely a nice haul. Pictures?
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Chrisjomo View Post

Just to put an ending on this post - I took the money from returning the J&M shoes, and bid on a bunch of shoes on Ebay.

I've won, and received four pairs of (used) shoes:

    Allen Edmonds Lexington Cap toes. Brown (Similar to the Sanford) $100

    Allen Edmonds Milford slip ons Black    $80

    Allen Edmond Presidio Burgundy          $45

    Salvatore Ferragamo   Chukka Black    $66

 

Very happy with them all. Love the Lexingtons.  Was surprised at how near perfect all the shoes were.

I know a lot more about shoes now, and more about what I like, and I still have $70 to fire off at another pair.

Watch out 11.5 EE or 12E''s - I'm coming for you. :)

 

Chris


Quite a haul and you are far and away better off going this route than your initial choice.
post #12 of 14
You just stepped on a very slippery slope...but welcome. We're all sliding away.
post #13 of 14
Good move, chrisjomo.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

Here are some pics.

My only shoes.

 

Lexingtons. My favorite.

400

 

Ferragamo Studio Ankle boots. They look like they were only worn once or twice.

400

 

Presidio. These slip on easy, and are so comfortable. A bit too burgundy.

400

 

Milford Slip-on.  This one was too tight on the top of my foot. Need to stretch the stretchy fabric more.

400

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