Hi,I'm glad the vinegar worked or at least made them look a lot better. Another way around this is to have them professionally polished or even dyed by a patina artist. A split toe can have great character with darker tones of dye/polish.I too am quite particular about how my shoes look and not keen on scratches, nicks or scuffs...but unfortunately these things can happen. Might be worth having a pair of darker shoes for such occasions?
2/26/16 at 10:07pm