Thanks! I find that 9D on the 511 last fits me better than 8.5D or 8.5E.
I didn't want the shoe to look too busy on the uppers so I chose tone on tone. I think it worked out great.
I agree that Merlot may stand up better over time. It's certainly more consistent. Oxblood will be more red, with darker areas of burnishing. In natural light, they can look radically different from one another. In artificial light, the differences will appear slight. Because it's now late, here is a comparison of Merlot, Burgundy shell, and Oxblood taken under artificial lights in the bathroom.
(Top to bottom- Oxblood Eagle River, Burgundy shell Kenwood, Merlot Patriot)
Again, it's hard to tell under this light, but the Merlot is the least cherry, with Burgundy shell being more so, and Oxblood being the most cherry. Both the shell and the Oxblood will appear more cherry under natural sunlight, giving you a beautifully deep and complex color. In some ways, this is even more true with Oxblood than the shell. The Merlot is a far less complex shade which will be more consistent inside and out.
The webgem Mojave 2.0 is also unlined, making it an awesome boot for summer.