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End of an Era | Johnston & Murphy shuts down US production/factory/services

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rdstour, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. rdstour

    rdstour Senior Member

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    Just a PSA.

    Heard some rumblings about this and noticed they scrapped the refurbishment/recrafting section of their website, so finally gave corporate a call to confirm:
    • Johnston & Murphy just shut down their sole US factory in Tennessee, which provided both refurbishment services, as well as production of "Crown Aristocrafts" and "Custom Select" shoes
    • This is a huge blow honestly, as it leaves only Allen Edmonds at the mid-range tier, still offering reasonably affordable dress shoes, across a national distribution network, with recrafting services
    • Also a sign of the times, but a sad, but probably inevitable end for Johnston & Murphy--whose American made shoes, through the last 150+ years (and for every president since the late 1800s) were top notch.

    Granted, they shifted their shoes mostly to other countries a while ago (Mexico, then India and China now), but I always bought them because they were more affordable than AE, more comfortable (for me--I liked how they did the poron insole better than AE), and with the security of knowing they could be refurbished to original lasts.

    I have a handful of vintage "Made in America" pairs from the 80s-90s, and the quality then was still exquisite. Older pairs are even better.

    If anyone has recommendations for a cobbler who does great work with J&M, I would appreciate it. I know B. Nelson does great work overall, but if there's someone who specializes moreso with the J&M construction (given the Trampoline system and all that)--would greatly appreciate it.

    Guess my business shifts to AE--let's just hope they can still retain their place in the market.
     


  2. Omega Man

    Omega Man Senior Member

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    Well, I wonder whether (and when) AE will go down the same route....
    While some of us do appreciate shoe re-crafting; buy it, wear it and dispose it is probably more prevalent in this day and age.
     


  3. rdstour

    rdstour Senior Member

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    Anyone else have any experiences/recollections to share?
     


  4. papa kot

    papa kot Senior Member

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    I liked JM shoes as they were always easier to break-in than AEs and Aldens. However, I've always questions the company's strategy as JM seemed to be everywhere: clothing, accessories, shoes. Add an interesting distribution network that involves stores at major airports and you end up with a company that, IMHO, is a bit lost.

    By the way, buying an expensive pair of shoes from a company that does not offer re-crafting services is not an easy decision. This is why, in part, I default to Alden. JM just made the decision for me.
     


  5. rdstour

    rdstour Senior Member

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    Can anyone recommend a good cobbler who can do a good job with these shoes? Especially considering i have a mix of traditional cork soles and poron/cork/trampoline shoes?

    Would like to get both types done really well.
     


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