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Have you thought about experimentation with dyeing? I thought about trying to make a "chili"-like red brown on a few seconds where the color wasn't offered


I hadn't, but dyeing them a little darker may help the burnish not be so extreme.

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I'm also very picky, and AE is very generous about accepting returns/exchanges. If you're not happy, try out another pair and see if they have the same issue.

 

Yeah, I tried another pair in the same size in the store, and it seems the original pair was just a little bigger than normal. The salesperson was fairly brusque about it but they exchanged it for another pair in the same size.

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If you want to do something less permanent, you can always strip it down and tint with a creme like I did with my strandmoks:





Acetone to strip and then AE burgundy shoe cream to recolor
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If you want to do something less permanent, you can always strip it down and tint with a creme like I did with my strandmoks:





Acetone to strip and then AE burgundy shoe cream to recolor

What about Renomat? That would strip, no?
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If you want to do something less permanent, you can always strip it down and tint with a creme like I did with my strandmoks:





Acetone to strip and then AE burgundy shoe cream to recolor
How did you recolor the welt?
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Renomat should do wonderfully, as would saphir dye. My wife's a cosmetologist so I have straight acetone sitting around the house.

The welt was colored the same way, just shoe cream and an application brush
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So I bought a pair of older 'Lexington' cap-toe bluchers for the express purpose of experimentation. 

 

I plan to:

 

1. Sand down sole edges and refinish antiqued

2. Burnishing the heel and toe areas

 

My question is, what other things should I consider? Remember, these aren't shoes I wear and really don't ever have to be, so nothing is off the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These and the Sanfords are among my favorite of AE older shoes. Don't have any tips about refurbishment.

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So I bought a pair of older 'Lexington' cap-toe bluchers for the express purpose of experimentation. 

 

I plan to:

 

1. Sand down sole edges and refinish antiqued

2. Burnishing the heel and toe areas

 

My question is, what other things should I consider? Remember, these aren't shoes I wear and really don't ever have to be, so nothing is off the table.

 

 

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You could try and make them look like this.  You can't do a split reverse welt, of course.  These are Lexingtons:

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Question: For a long time I thought I was a size 11E on the #5 last which turns out to be inaccurate. I picked up a pair of Jefferson's and 10.5EEE fits me absolutely perfectly (the 11E seems a bit long and narrow despite being an "E" width). I have a pair of 11E walnut Strands which have a slight tear/rip on the toe box on the right shoe. Nothing too noticeable but given this and the fact that they don't fit as well as my 11E Mcallister's (I have no idea why) I was thinking I could "play" with the color a bit. My Strands always looked a bit too "orange" to me and I really like the look I've seen online which seems a bit darker/chili colored. Would I do any permanent damage if I were to give them a coat of either chili polish or dark chili polish? They have already been polished multiple times over the past year with walnut. Thoughts are appreciated!

 

Side note: I was at Nordstrom Rack yesterday in Southlake, Texas (near Dallas) and found a pair of 11D Mojave V1.0's ($180). I loved the sold on them - split reverse welt (I think that's what it's called - "wider" welt as seen on the McTavish) with a standard chukka boot shoe/gummy sold. While they didn't fit well (see above) holy cow was that sole comfortable. When I need to get my snuff suede Amok's resoled I think I may have to try this!

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I suspect that with the high dye concentrations that anywhere it reached the leather (especially perfing and seams) it is going to cause permanent tinting at least
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Merlot McAllister Monday.
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Natty & Gigi welcome the new week...

 

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I've re-died some old shoes with great success - not difficult at all.  One thing I'd caution you about though, if you don't plan to strip them with acetone or something else, you may end up with weird splotches of color between places the dye has penetrated through any wax/polish and other places it has not.  It might look fine, but just something to keep in mind.  I'd at the very least hit the shoes with some cleaner/conditioner and then let them dry before you begin operation.

 

I agree with you about the orangey-ness of the walnut Strands, though.  I believe it's AE's walnut polish that gives them that orange glow that so many of us dislike.  I hit them with cleaner/conditioner, stopped using the walnut polish, and switched to alternating between light brown and medium brown saphir.  I've been much happier with the results.  

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Bourbon with grey to start the week.



Chris
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Also going with the strands to start the week. These are officially "brown" shell but have some walnut undertones.

 

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