The Franciscans don't seem to get too much love on here . . . I have black and walnut and treasure them both. If you haven't seen a pair in person you should check them out.
And, it's funny what you say about bluchers - I have a couple pairs (Black Hills and BB San Marco) but I almost never wear them. AE has so many great casual bals (e.g., I have two each of Neumok and McTavish) that it just seems a shame to wear a blucher instead. I've even been known to wear my shell Cambridges with denim . . .
I've noticed the same thing re:the Franciscans around these parts. I think the forum generally doesn't show much love to the 333 last. Maybe it's because there aren't many balmorals featured in this last? Personally, it's my favorite last, with some damn sexy options:
-Larchmont (personal favorite)
-Parkway (I own two of these; one in walnut, other in brown, but the heavy stitching throws them off a bit...love the shape though)
-Boca Raton (more seasonal)
-Harrison (mdubs, I believe, did this in black cordovan...making me think about returning my unworn park aves and MTOing these)
I even like the Haight boot, but not sure if the Chelsea-style would fit my narrow foot well. Looks great though.
All-in-all, I think the 333 is Allen Edmonds's best last.
The Haight definitely doesn't get props around here but I love mine - great for motorcycle riding among other things.
Re: narrow, I'm a 9.5 E in PAs and when I was able to snag a second in the Haights in the same size I thought I'd give them a shot. They were pretty snug at first but have now broken in very nicely. OTOH, my 9.5 E Franciscans were a perfect width out of the box. Go figure.
Thanks for the tips on Shoebuy but I can't seem to get the code to work. It seems like all AE shoes are excluded. Were you able to get it to work?
These have me seriously reconsidering the fact that a wanted a PTB in snuff suede. I have yet to get a pair of monks and these are amazing.
What are you choosing to do for care on them? I already picked up and treated my Eagle County with LP to be my "winter" boot so I think I may stick to Reno and brushing for this piar. Have yet to fully make a decision though.
I had to second look at mine now to see about the black edge. My pic is a little dark but it does have the lighter brown above the black rubber on the sole. Mine are a size 8 and I have to admit the pic I took makes them look a little stumpy lol so here are a few more.
Wow, those are a great looking pair of shoes. I was thinking about a pair of Neumoks in Snuff Suede but these may have changed my mind.
Good job with the MTO, but like someone else pointed out- be careful with getting your suede wet!!!
give her a call and leave a VM, she is usually good at calling back.