Johnston & Murphy was founded in 1850 in Newark, New Jersey, by English shoemaker William J. Dudley. Nearly 30 years later, American businessmen James Johnston and William A. Murphy took over the company. Since its inception, the company has focused on making high-quality footwear for men, women, and children. It recently expanded its product line to include luggage, apparel, and accessories. Johnston and Murphy boot fashions, clothing, suitcases, and more can now be found in the company's freestanding stores as well as in stores operated by the brand's third-party vendors.
Johnston and Murphy boot styles and other footwear are made of both practical use and fashion in mind. All-weather styles like the Grace women's boots are made from high-quality natural leather and treated to resist warping and staining when worn in snowy or wet conditions. They are lined for warmth and comfort and come with a secure leather loop at the top of each boot to make putting on and taking them off easy and fast. They also have a zipper on the inside of the boot. They have a half-inch heel, making them safe and practical to wear in inclement weather. They are also perfect for wearing on dressier occasions.
Another fashionable Johnston and Murphy boot choice is the Roslyn black heel genuine shearling bootie. These ankle booties are made from weather-resistant, all-natural leather and trimmed with faux fur. They have an inner zipper for easy wearing and come with a 4-inch heel that makes them perfect for wearing with dresses, skirts, and slacks. The soles and heel are skid-resistant and prevent slips and falls in the snow and ice or on slick floors. The fur trim around the top of the bootie matches the color of the footwear itself, which comes in colors like tan, black, and gray.