I picked up a pair of Vernon in saddle brown during the current sale. I really like them. Two questions for you all:
1) What color polish? The rep at the store suggested chili. I dabbed a little on a cloth and put it next to the shoe and it's pretty darn close but the polish may be a little "red-der" than I want the shoes to become. I really love the color they are now. The care guide on the website does not list this model. It does list other models in "saddle brown calf" and suggests "saddle brown premium polish" but I don't see that as an available color on the website. So I quickly asked online chat and they suggested neutral or if I needed color to go with something lighter like walnut. In the ask & answer section for this shoe on the website the official response to the same question from AE was that saddle brown polish is a closeout color and therefore one could use dark brown instead. Dark brown appears to be way darker than these so I would hesitate to use that. I really want to preserve the color of these.
2) How do you all size this last (8-108)? I wear 7.5EE on the 5-65 and 8E on the 1-511. EE doesn't seem to be an option on the 8 last so I went with 8E. They seem, to fit (I've only walked around in the store and on my home carpet) but I also think a 7.5EE would "fit" (there is plenty of space in the toe to support a shorter length, wider width).