It’s back to the classics for the 161-year-old Nashville, TN-based Johnston & Murphy. And that’s just what the company’s Spring/Summer ’12 men’s collection delivers: a line chock full of casually sophisticated and minimalistic styles that are reminiscent of “the good ole days.” Whether it’s a classic oxford or a relaxed loafer, the new collection can take a man everywhere from boardroom to barstool or a weekend at the beach.
The premium “Made in Italy” line, which retails for $295, features a leaner, meaner version of the classic oxford shoe, with a smooth sole and fashionable silhouette that comes in lace-up and one-strap varieties. The brand is also bringing back its “Custom Select” line—made right in Nashville—that allows customers to custom-design their own shoes. The shoes, which retail for $495 and take about six weeks to create and ship, come in nine different styles (like the plain toe ankle boot and tassel slip-on, to name a few) and European calfskin leathers. In addition, customers receive an insole and shoe tree personalized with their name, and the shoes also come with a shoe care kit and the brand’s signature Trampoline Comfort System.
As for J&M’s “Classic” line, the brand brings back timeless loafer designs in deep mahogany, tan and black leather—some with sophisticated tassels that lend a classier vibe—and suede, two-toned versions, whose worn-in look give off a relaxed feel.
Also in the pipes for J&M: the expansion of its women’s footwear line, which is already available online and in 40 stores around the country. The women’s line will gain attention through window space in the brand’s flagship stores, and the collection may even venture into wholesale as early as next fall. —Mary Avant