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Old 01-22-2015, 04:44 AM
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Hey guys, the thread about stuff better than expected got me out shoe shopping. I really like the looks of some of the Johnston Murphy shoes but have never actually had a pair. Anybody out there that can give me feedback on these both for comfort and durability?
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I have an odd foot and have always had to buy higher end shoes and Johnston Murphy have always been my go to choice. I have several pairs and I've even had 1 pair re-soled (after 8 years) because I like the style so well. I wear an 8-1/2 EEE and that is a damn hard shoe to find but the JMs have always been great. Yeah you're going to pay 200 per pair but they will last for a very long time and perform great.
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I have 3 pairs ,one is 20 years old , my son borrows them now and then for dress occasions.
2 other pairs are worn a couple to several times a week, for 4-5 years now .
Excellent quality, extremely comfortable.
You won't be disappointed .
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Everyone's foot and fit is different, but JM are a durable and well-made shoe. I much prefer Allen Edmunds -- especially for fit, wear, and also (I think) higher quality. AE will be a bit pricer, but they do offer at substantial discount "seconds" (which are virtually indistinguishable from perfect) through their outlet stores. AE can be completely refurbished and last 10+ years.
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They are fairly comfortable (depends on style you choose). However, they are very cheaply made. That said, I can get about 9 months to a year out of them and I wear 4 days a week for 12+ hours. For $100-150/year I just buy another pair when they get rough and polish does not help.

I wouldn't really classify J&M as nice shoes. Allen Edmonds, Magnanni, Salvatore Ferragamo are much nicer brands and will last longer but they will cost $300-600 per pair.
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I have 3 pairs ,one is 20 years old , my son borrows them now and then for dress occasions.
2 other pairs are worn a couple to several times a week, for 4-5 years now .
Excellent quality, extremely comfortable.
You won't be disappointed .
The quality has changed a lot in the last 10 years. The older shoes were built much better than the one's today. There are still a few styles of J&M that are OK but not like they used to be.
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I have only owned JM shoes since I have left college and worked in an office. I wear one pair of shoes 5 days a week and I love them. They last long (about 3 years) and are very comfortable. Mine are starting to wear now and I will replace with another pair.
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Buy them...
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j & M are good if you go with the high end models. I have pretty much switched to ECCO. I like the wide toe box they normally offer.
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Florsheim Imperial Wing Tips.
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Originally Posted by dpcarson View Post
Hey guys, the thread about stuff better than expected got me out shoe shopping. I really like the looks of some of the Johnston Murphy shoes but have never actually had a pair. Anybody out there that can give me feedback on these both for comfort and durability?
Not on the shoes but I have a wallet made by that company and its nice.
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Florsheim Imperial Wing Tips.
They are on my list for today also. My Bostonian wing tips just cracked the welt last week so I have to replace them. Have heard bostonian has dropped off in quality also. Looking for some business casual brown loafers and some brown dress loafers. That is where I am stuck and do not know which way I am going.

Going today to check out JM's, cole Haan's, Allen edmonds, and Clark's. however, the thought of going to a mall has already given me heartburn. I do a lot of shopping at Joseph A Banks but they do not have a great selection in their local stores. Everything has to be ordered.
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Johnston are good but check out Allen Edmonds.
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The quality has changed a lot in the last 10 years. The older shoes were built much better than the one's today. There are still a few styles of J&M that are OK but not like they used to be.
Yep. I've been buying their shoes for the past 20 years or so, and I agree that the quality seems to have gone down significantly during that time, to the point that I stopped buying them a few years back. Some of the higher-end models are still made in Italy and are of pretty good quality, but overall, I feel like most of them are just not made like they used to.

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Johnston are good but check out Allen Edmonds.
I agree with this as well. Allen Edmonds are still all hand made in the U.S., and as a result are a very good quality shoe. I have pairs that I have had resoled more than once because the leather and construction of the shoe is still in such good shape.
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The quality has changed a lot in the last 10 years. The older shoes were built much better than the one's today. There are still a few styles of J&M that are OK but not like they used to be.
This. They also sell many shoes that are farmed out to other manufacturers.

I stick with Allen Edmonds.
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It's all relative, but I wouldn't really classify JMs as high end. I've never actually owned a pair so I can't really speak to them at all. I guess I've never bought a pair because something about them just doesn't feel right when you pick them up. I guess they just feel cheap. I've never been let down by Allen Edmond, Ferragamo, or Bruno Magli. I've actually been pretty happy with the couple pairs of Cole Haans I've had too.
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
Johnston are good but check out Allen Edmonds.
^^^^This. I have to wear dress shoes every work day. Started with JM but upgraded to AE. Have 5 pairs of AE now and most are nearly 15 years old. Have had them resoled and that is it.

Be sure to get cedar shoe trees and NEVER wear the same pair two days in a row. Some older guys in my office taught me this and with regular polishing and the occasional resoling, the shoes will damn near last you an entire career. Yeah, they cost over $300 bucks but you won't have to spend that ever again...
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You didn't say what style shoe you were looking at.
I wear a pair of these on weekends,and an occasional night out .
They are like wearing a pair of slippers.
Very comfortable .
http://m.zappos.com/johnston-murphy-...productReviews
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Originally Posted by Welshtrustee View Post
Be sure to get cedar shoe trees and NEVER wear the same pair two days in a row. Some older guys in my office taught me this and with regular polishing and the occasional resoling, the shoes will damn near last you an entire career. Yeah, they cost over $300 bucks but you won't have to spend that ever again...
Pretty much sums it up.

Caring for your shoes will protect your investment.
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Cole Hahns are nice too. As I get older, the one thing I don't mind spending money on is shoes. Hurting feet suck.
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