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Can shell color be intentionally altered / darkened?  

IE, if I bought a natural shell pair of shoes, but already had something in my closet much too similar...
could I darken the natural shell similar to regular leather, with dye?
Or is there another approach?

I own natural and regular brown shell, nothing in between.  Can I get close to Ravello or Walnut starting with natural?

STOP!!!!!

No two pair of shell shoes will age and patinate the same way and will take on very different character. Please do not ruin them by putting a bunch of junk or *gasp* dye on them!
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STOP!!!!!

No two pair of shell shoes will age and patinate the same way and will take on very different character. Please do not ruin them by putting a bunch of junk or *gasp* dye on them!

 

Thanks for this comment.  

 

It is an odd situation- I won't end up with 2 pairs of natural shell Leeds unless I can intentionally significantly alter one of them.  With only 6-8 months experience with shell I need feedback before I *gasp* ruin a pair of seconds.  

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Thanks for this comment.  

 

It is an odd situation- I won't end up with 2 pairs of natural shell Leeds unless I can intentionally significantly alter one of them.  With only 6-8 months experience with shell I need feedback before I *gasp* ruin a pair of seconds.  

It's certainly possible. See here for some examples of what could be done, especially with lighter color like natural shell (link may not be suitable for work) - http://www.dandyshoecare.it/ENG/patina.html

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I just received mine Chili Universities and they are lovely. The shoe fits as well or better than my Strands in the same size.

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Decided to grab the suede MacNeil I saw a couple days ago at Burlington... The toes of each shoe are a little worse for wear, but not a complete deal breaker at the updated price of $119. Really had to clean them up but they're looking pretty nice now:


The difference in color is enough to warrant keeping both it and the snuff suede Ralph Lauren kopped at the same price last week:
Thanks to those who encouraged the acquisition! Why am I now obsessed with edging being stripped and recolored/lightened?!?
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Just got these merlot McAllisters delivered. Looks like there's a few imperfections - note the "winking" on the upper, as well as the place where the line/edge from the bottom piece is visible through the upper (maybe was sewn too tight?). Would you accept these as firsts or exchange them? I've had seconds that have looked better than these.


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Just got these merlot McAllisters delivered. Looks like there's a few imperfections - note the "winking" on the upper, as well as the place where the line/edge from the bottom piece is visible through the upper (maybe was sewn too tight?). Would you accept these as firsts or exchange them? I've had seconds that have looked better than these.
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Exchange them if you're not happy with them.

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Just got these merlot McAllisters delivered. Looks like there's a few imperfections - note the "winking" on the upper, as well as the place where the line/edge from the bottom piece is visible through the upper (maybe was sewn too tight?). Would you accept these as firsts or exchange them? I've had seconds that have looked better than these.



I would keep, especially at $279. But it's your call. You can try for a better pair of it's going to keep you from enjoying.

The creases in first picture would happen for me within the first 5 times I took the shoes on and off.
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Originally Posted by jzrhwinnj View Post
 

Can shell color be intentionally altered / darkened?  

 

IE, if I bought a natural shell pair of shoes, but already had something in my closet much too similar...

could I darken the natural shell similar to regular leather, with dye?

Or is there another approach?

 

I own natural and regular brown shell, nothing in between.  Can I get close to Ravello or Walnut starting with natural?


Leave them out in the sun - they will darken with sun exposure

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Can't stop wearing these. So comfortable, necoming my go-to shoes for darker jeans.



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I just received some McGregors in Bob's Chili from the Shoebank and they do have some striping on one side that many people have mentioned with seconds. Has anyone had any luck with using polish to minimize the appearance of the striping? 


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Here you go: http://www.reddit.com/r/frugalmalefashion/comments/3204p2/allen_edmonds_anniversary_sale_41015_42715/

I've heard it's not updated as often as the AE inventory, so it might not be 100% accurate.

Awesome.
I hadn't seen that.  Thanks for sharing.

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I can't find that, do you have a link? 

Just call/email one of the outlets and ask them to send you the 2nds list in your size.  The JAB or BB models won't come out in the shoebank site.  For some reason they only come out in the spreadsheet they send you.

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Just call/email one of the outlets and ask them to send you the 2nds list in your size.  The JAB or BB models won't come out in the shoebank site.  For some reason they only come out in the spreadsheet they send you.


see that link i just quoted.  you can edit the shoebank links with the style code of JAB/BB/RL seconds and check availability that way.  pics included.  pretty neat.

 

see here as well.  enter size and width and links are generated for you.  not a comprehensive list but a time saver nonetheless.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1M08CDI15VxoyZSHmXJtBDgnNhACwRqa8Z9_dkup4YpY/edit?pli=1#gid=0

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It's certainly possible. See here for some examples of what could be done, especially with lighter color like natural shell (link may not be suitable for work) - http://www.dandyshoecare.it/ENG/patina.html

 

Those are amazing!  The after pics all look like shell but the page refers to leather.  Also not sure how great a bargain seconds would be after sending them to Dandy. :)  

The patina on all shoes shared on that link is incredible.

 

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Leave them out in the sun - they will darken with sun exposure

 

Googled some examples, and the 2 pairs would still be too similar for my closet.  Looking forward to my pair gaining some patina with age and sunlight...but it looks like an intentional color change via dye is not a likely option.  


Thanks for the feedback!  Not what I hoped to hear, but, useful...

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