Thanks for all of the help I have received. After much debating I decided to go with the McAllisters in Merlot.
In regards to maintaining this shoe, what would you recommend? The SA told me that simply utilizing the applicator on the Premium Shoe Polish in Merlot and then using a horsehair brush to shine would keep them well maintained over the years. I reside in south-east TX so the climate is usually either quite dry or rainy (there's rarely an in-between point) - with high temperatures.
Keep it simple and stick with that polish..seems to have worked well for me. I'll occasionally use the conditioner but I don't think that's necessary.