Originally Posted by DoubleDomer
I actually like J and M. Lots of misses but a few good hits from time to time. I know, I know. Cemented soles and shoddy construction, but honestly, I have more than a few pairs of mid-range shoes (AE, J and M, Magnanni, Florsheim Imperial, and a few other brands) so durability isn't that much of an issue. I only buy at deep discount (less than $50) so it's a value to me. My thought on J and M is that it is a perfectly good shoe for where I am in life - transitioning into more refined styles. Until I am more comfortable (and wealthier), I'm fine with them.
And, now, let the bashing begin ...
Eh, we all have to make up our own minds about what consitutes good value for our money. But here's what put me off them:
That's my one and only pair of mainline J&Ms, purchased on sale for $50. And here's how much wear they received to end up in that condition:
That's $50 wasted, in my book. They live in the back of my closet, awaiting donation.