I purchased the last Verona in my size from the Italian collection awhile back and the left shoe had 3 bumps in the footbed. One was very large and painful so I returned them. Kirby has a chart on his website matching colors to Allen Edmonds shoes: http://www.hangerproject.com/blog/allen-edmond-shoe-polish-colors IME yes if you want a deeper red the Bordeaux would be the best match. LOL yep nice shot of the Patriot! I wear my brown shell Patriot's without socks too, first time in my life I have gone sockless. And now understand it.... My burgundy shell Patriot's came yesterday and are just slightly larger and fit better with socks so they will be my "dressier" loafer, which is what I wanted.