Borrowed From the Boys: Johnston & Murphy Wingtips

    15th April 2013
    Have you ever put on shoes that just make you feel like dancing?


    {dancin’ in the streets}

    Because that’s exactly what I wanted to do when I slipped into these wingtips from Johnston & Murphy.

    True story: I love J&M for you fellas (obviously, since I recommend them all the time), but up until a month ago, I didn’t even know they offered women’s shoes! Live and learn people, live and learn.

    These shoes are sturdy – unlike so many ballet flats that us ladies keep stashed in our bags for lengthy commutes, before changing into more stylish heels upon arrival at our respective destination.

    So it’s already saying something that I actually want to wear these flats all day long, given that I’m a girl who loves a little height in her shoe.  I’ll happily stand at average height for the day in these bad boys.

    Beyond that, these kicks have so much personality! I feel like I could break out into the Charleston every time I wear them. Which would be pretty impressive, considering I don’t know how to Charleston.


    {his and hers}

    These shoes are such a great look on a guy, and as you’re well aware by now, I don’t mind stealing your style and making it my own – in this case, with a cute skirt and the promise of somewhere fun to go (dancing, perhaps?).

    Tell me: How would you style wingtips like the men’s version above?


    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Johnston & Murphy for Style Coalition. All opinions are, as always, my own.

    • Jim

      I’d keep it casual, probably just rolled up chinos and a white T-shirt. Or white denim with a chambray shirt, maybe a cotton blazer. No socks unless they’re no-shows.

      It seems like in the past couple years a few traditional, affordable men’s shoe brands like J&M, Bass and Florsheim have really upped their game — I was surprised to see that the parts of those wingtips are actually linen.

      • Style Girlfriend

        That sounds super stylish! I love a guy in chambray

    • Sameer Vasta

      My ex and I had a matching pair of Oxfords that we sometimes wore when we went out on the town. We’d get a few a strange looks, but we’d also get a ton of comments on how she looked better in “men’s shoes” than I did. I loved it. :)

      • Style Girlfriend

        haha, that’s great Sameer! Love it

    • Mark

      J&M wingtips were the first pair of nice shoes I bought myself just after I graduated from college. They’ve been a staple among my nice “work” shoes ever since. I generally have one or two active pairs of them at a time. Big fan. I had no idea they made women’s shoes either (why would I, really?) but I like them. It’s a nice look. I may have to take my wife with me the next time I go pick up a new pair for myself.

    • Michael Fitchko

      I’m a fan of shoes like this for “casual” events that may be slightly more formal than true weekend wear – anything with actual invitations, hors d’oeuvres, etc.

      For me, that my usual spring get-up with a few tweaks: wearing a nice watch, putting some effort into my hair beyond the work of my stylist (pillowcase), and most importantly, upgrading the vans to a shoe like these J&Ms. These types of shoes are so versatile but can class up almost any outfit.

      • Style Girlfriend

        Your stylist sounds convenient, if a little cheap…

        • Michael Fitchko

          Can’t argue with the results. I just never know what to tip.

    • Kiel

      Got kind of a D’Arcy thing goin’ on there!

      • Style Girlfriend

        Who/what is D’arcy??

        • Third Coast

          As a Midwesterner and a child of the 90s you should be chided for not knowing who she is. She was the bassist for the Smashing Pumpkins which was born out of Chicago’s music scene and traveled heavily in this part of the country before they got big. They played the Orpheum quite a bit.

          • Style Girlfriend

            Ohhh yeah yeah! I needed context. Though still, I was thinking more about nsync than smashing pumpkins in the 90s..

    • Michael Bailey

      Shoes that will make me dance in such a way that I don’t look like I’m having a seizure causing terrified onlookers to call paramedics? I’LL TAKE SEVEN!!!!

    • ATLien

      I would rather get some Aldens, though they are much more expensive. I’d wear them with anything from jeans to khakis to shorts even. One of these days, I’ll quit being a cheapskate and make the plunge. One of the main issues is that I started a new job a couple years ago that I don’t (and quite frankly, can’t) dress up for so I wouldn’t get many opportunities to wear them.

    • TJ

      I like all the love that J&M is getting here lately.
      I’m not surprised that most people don’t know that they carry women’s items. I didn’t know until I started working there. Our store, and most of the stores that I’ve been to, don’t carry women’s shoes because the stores are too small. They only started doing women’s in 2008 so I suspect they may expand the line and make it more prominent in the coming years.

    • Tod C

      Does anyone else find Johnson and Murphys really hard to break in (I only have the one pair so I have no other reference). They are nice shoes with a good solid sole but they are still really stiff after 10 or more wearings to the point off hurting my right foot when I walk until they have been on for an hour or so.

      My used Allen Edmonds are still the most comfortable pairs I own.

    • Adam Wyatt

      I look at the J&M website all the time (usually after you recommend something from there) but haven’t bought anything yet. Maybe it’s time to start. I could always use another pair of wingtips!

    • Mustafa Kacar

      I’m feeling these wingtips – J&M’s are always a good look and easy to find in most thrift shops if you live in NYC for around $50-$60.

      • Style Girlfriend

        It’s funny; I would never do thrift store shoes, but I know a lot of guys that do. I guess it’s not gross for you boys for some reason?

      • kellen owenby

        at Atlanta area thrift stores you can get good J&M’s for under $20! I’ve grabbed 2 pairs in the past 6 months…

    • Jake

      Those are wonderful looking. Wish I could afford them. *sigh* someday I won’t be a poor college kid… :)

    • timegrrl

      I just bought my first wingtips… They are so adorable. I actually came
      about them by mistake, as I was meaning to purchase the shoes thinking
      they were “saddle shoes” (you know, the kind girls wore with poodle
      skirts). But, I LOVE them now… No way I am going to return them. I
      just need to figure out what to wear with them, haha.

      • Style Girlfriend

        Ha, I always used to get those styles mixed up too!