Just for fun, I picked up a pair of oxblood Dalton seconds. It's a breathtaking color. Below is a comparison shot:
On the right is a merlot calf Park Avenue; on the left, an MTO Leeds in russet Dublin. The russet is very close to oxblood, although the leather is of course different and the russet isn't burnished. MTOs in the russet are unfortunately no longer available, but it's the same leather as is used in the AE-made Wolverine Krause boot.
I totally agree. The color is really, really beautiful. I nabbed a pair of Strand seconds in that color (on sale, and with the $50 coupon for Amex made them $199). I've worn them to work twice and received about 20 compliments on them already. They really need to be seen in person. I'm really tempted to get the Daltons in that color, but need to wait to get some more money tucked away first.