Definintely, not as red as AE, not as purple as #8 and softer than both of them with maybe a hint of brown. I think with some wear and some heavy duty horsehair brushing they will develop a really nice patina. I really like them.
I ordered the Blake in Chocolate Brown Shell Cordovan with black stitching on upper and tempest soles. I too am not crazy about the laces, I will be replacing them once I get the boots. I cannot wait to see the finished product.