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help me darken my red wings

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
I love these vintage red wings, but I wouldn't mind if they were a little darker brown. Thoughts on how to try this? Stripping or anything extreme is out of the question. I read somewhere that sno seal darkens red wing boots, but before I do anything, I want to know what others think.
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post #2 of 34
use Pecard's Leather Dressing (only available through mail order). It darkened my Indy's with Great Success.
post #3 of 34
Mink oil will be sure to darken those, but be careful not to use too much
Just about any kind of leather conditioner will, I prefer Obenauf's LP, but Snoseal is great and Mink Oil will bring out the red in the leather so maybe try one of those out
post #4 of 34
Thread Starter 
After treating with one of the above options, polish can still be applied, right?
post #5 of 34
Obenauf's boot oil darkens leather more than Obenauf's LP. I don't have any experience with Pecard's, so I don't know how it stack up to the Obenauf's products.
post #6 of 34
Check with a good shoe repair shop.
post #7 of 34
Thread Starter 
I go to an amazing cobbler, but he's a real purist about leather color. His response is that the color is what it is, nothing to be done.

Some people here have reported good luck in darkening their shoes, so that's why I posted.
post #8 of 34
Hmm. I'd be inclined to trust your cobbler then and just leave well enough alone. I would be hesitant to do something that might mess up a pair of shoes unless I wasn't bothered by the prospect of replacing them or whatever.
post #9 of 34
2nd the picard's
post #10 of 34
they look great as-is
post #11 of 34
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post
Hmm. I'd be inclined to trust your cobbler then and just leave well enough alone. I would be hesitant to do something that might mess up a pair of shoes unless I wasn't bothered by the prospect of replacing them or whatever.

+1 on this. or if you do go the darkening route, try it on the tongue first to see how it'll turn out.

-Jeff
post #12 of 34
Thread Starter 
I should clarify that my cobbler hasn't seen these particular boots. His 'no color change' is a standing principle that has emerged through my years of going to him. He did not back off on these specific boots, he just doesn't go in for darkening, period.

Of course, i don't want to mess them up. The advice of trying mink oil or pecards, etc., seems safe in that they are boot products. And if need be I can live with the color (i like them too). They're just a tad orange, which looks good in isolated pics but, in my opinion, looks a little bright against dark jeans, which is how i generally wear them.
post #13 of 34
They'll darken up a bit on their own through wear, too. I wouldn't be overly concerned about this.
post #14 of 34
Put some sort of oil/conditioner on them, put them in the sun inside a black garbage bag. I like the way those look, though. Nice boots.
post #15 of 34
sno seal tends to darken leather. You can polish them after applying sno seal but the first polish will be a bit funny/take more work.

I put my boots in the over on the warmest setting (if you have an oven thermometer, make sure it isnt too hot) for a few minutes and then rubbed them with sno seal. Using my hands was the easiest way and felt pretty therapeutic (use a toothbrush to get at the seams). I did this a few times (maybe too much...how can you tell?) ahd let them cool off before rubbing off any excess with a cotton rag.
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