Struck out on the oxblood strands. The one pair in my size at a local store was, in my non-expert opinion, not up to par. The burnishing was way off, bright red on the sides with big black splotches under the tongue. Display model in a different size had a beautiful finish that was smooth with minor variations, but maybe it's just in my head at this point.
I tried on a pair of McCallisters in merlot and would have went with them but they dug into my ankles something fierce. Seemed strange since they are on the same last as the strand which fits great.
Maybe I will roll the dice on some seconds if there is an after xmas sale.
First world problems man, just want a pair of burgundy dress shoes.