Originally Posted by FaceOfBoh
Anyone know the quality of Johnston & Murphy shoes at slightly above thrift prices and used, to pick up for wearing not for flipping? They say Made in Italy and appear solid but I have no experience with the line.
JM doesn't get much love and, generally, for good reason. Older Aristocrafts (made in USA) are solid, very. The Italian models, in my experience and from what I've heard through the grapevine, less so, but not as bad as the stuff that's made in, what, Portugal (can't recall the countries off the top of my head). I've had three fellows within the past six months who know I'm into clothes bitch about JM's, particularly the soles, wearing out quickly, but I'm not sure where those shoes were made. One recently bought his first pair of AE's and marveled at the difference in comfort. I bought a pair of JM spectators from someone here because I really liked the way they looked, but I did that knowing that they might get worn three times a year. I think I paid about $30. Before I knew any better, I bought a pair of JM white bucks brand new that were made in Brazil. They're fine, but not as comfortable as my white bucks from BB.
Bottom line, I would not pay more than thrift prices for JM's as a general rule. There are a lot of them out there. I would make an exception for something like white bucks, which are a wardrobe necessity IMO but are not worn often enough to justify a large expenditure, and I definitely would not make the mistake I did and pay $100 or thereabouts.
If you happen to wear 8.5 D, PM and I can set you up with some tasteful tan tassel loafers from JM that are made in Italy. It's hard for me to walk away from shoes that fit, even JM, when they cost $3, and I justified this purchase with the fact that shoe trees were included. Tough to find shoe trees for three bucks. I also have a pair of JM black-on-burgundy saddle shoes and a pair of all black JM saddle shoes that never get worn because I have moved on to better things. Likely, you will also.