Private-equity firm Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison has made a majority equity investment in Allen-Edmonds Shoe Corporation, a manufacturer and retailer of luxury, branded men's footwear and accessories.

Goldner will partner with the company's current owners and management team. Managing director Michael T Sweeney said: "The quality behind every aspect of Allen-Edmonds made the company very attractive to us.

"Our philosophy is to invest in established middle-market companies located in the Midwest with strong management and help them grow to the next level. Allen-Edmonds is a perfect fit."

Allen-Edmonds' chairman John Stollenwerk added: "Bright days lie ahead for Allen-Edmonds. Goldner Hawn is an ideal partner based on their demonstrated success in taking privately-held companies to the next stage by devoting the talent and resources to grow brands while maintaining strong cultures of quality and customer service."

The two companies have not disclosed the financial terms of the deal.