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I'm considering buying a pair of Cronmok's in brown. I'd like to get a richer/darker color and am considering using polish/cream to dye them a bit/darken them up. Can anyone recommend a product/specific polish that might work for this? 

Thanks!

I have had good luck with Fiebing's leather dye. You have to be careful with it, but it will get you to the color you want.
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I have had good luck with Fiebing's leather dye. You have to be careful with it, but it will get you to the color you want.

So you'd recommend that rather than using a colored polish? I'm not looking to do a total change, just a deeper/less "dusty" color on the brown. 

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So you'd recommend that rather than using a colored polish? I'm not looking to do a total change, just a deeper/less "dusty" color on the brown. 
I would say to stick to the polish route. Maybe some black?
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So you'd recommend that rather than using a colored polish? I'm not looking to do a total change, just a deeper/less "dusty" color on the brown. 

If you want a very slight change I would just go a shade darker with shoe cream, instead of polish.
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If you want a very slight change I would just go a shade darker with shoe cream, instead of polish.
Do you mean cream polish instead of wax polish? Trying not to confuse OP. Both are polish.
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Originally Posted by eyeheartny View Post
 

I'm considering buying a pair of Cronmok's in brown. I'd like to get a richer/darker color and am considering using polish/cream to dye them a bit/darken them up. Can anyone recommend a product/specific polish that might work for this? 

 

Thanks!


You may want to just use some Saphir Renovateur cream or AE Leather Lotion on them, and see if that darkens them up enough.  I bought a pair of Cronmoks in blue, that had that dusty blue look too, which I was not a fan of.  I let them drink up some moisturizer (forget which of the above I used, as I have both), and they have a nice deep blue colour, like my blue Neumoks.  No polish at all, I just got some moisture into that dry looking leather.  Honestly, I may have even used some Obenauf's Leather Oil (not the HDLP) on them...that considerably darkens leather and I've used it on some of my shoes that needed a good 'drink'...I may have had a drink too, as I can't remember what I used!  But before you start tinkering around with different polishes, I'd try that route - worked for me.  If I can find pictures, I'll post before and after of my blue ones...

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You may want to just use some Saphir Renovateur cream or AE Leather Lotion on them, and see if that darkens them up enough.  I bought a pair of Cronmoks in blue, that had that dusty blue look too, which I was not a fan of.  I let them drink up some moisturizer (forget which of the above I used, as I have both), and they have a nice deep blue colour, like my blue Neumoks.  No polish at all, I just got some moisture into that dry looking leather.  Honestly, I may have even used some Obenauf's Leather Oil (not the HDLP) on them...that considerably darkens leather and I've used it on some of my shoes that needed a good 'drink'...I may have had a drink too, as I can't remember what I used!  But before you start tinkering around with different polishes, I'd try that route - worked for me.  If I can find pictures, I'll post before and after of my blue ones...

 

Great, thanks-- I'd love to see before/after pics if you can find 'em. I guess I could try mink oil (I know it's not recommended, but may work) or the Lexol that does darken leather. Good idea on the Obenauf's leather oil, too. Good options here, especially since I just ordered the Cronmok's from the Shoe Bank. $149 ain't bad, I think. 

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I would say to stick to the polish route. Maybe some black?

I've seen some great results with black polish on brown shoes, but I'm a bit intimidated by that as a process. Any guides that might give me a good plan to follow so I don't screw these up if I try to do the black-on-brown? I have some black Meltonian cream I could use...

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Originally Posted by eyeheartny View Post

I'm considering buying a pair of Cronmok's in brown. I'd like to get a richer/darker color and am considering using polish/cream to dye them a bit/darken them up. Can anyone recommend a product/specific polish that might work for this? 

Thanks!

Ok here's a before of my blue Cronmoks:


And after a good dose of moisture and horsehair brushing:
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Ok here's a before of my blue Cronmoks:


And after a good dose of moisture and horsehair brushing:

 

WHOA! Those look awesome. Nicely done. That's making me think that maybe a dose of serious moisture/brushing and maybe a tiny bit of black polish might do the trick. 

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Not the greatest pic, but I've been putting a bit of black polish on the toes amd heels of my burgundy McAllisters:



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My freshly paste waxed Cambridge I gave a sneak peek at last night. I'm happy with the results.

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Originally Posted by eyeheartny View Post

I'm considering buying a pair of Cronmok's in brown. I'd like to get a richer/darker color and am considering using polish/cream to dye them a bit/darken them up. Can anyone recommend a product/specific polish that might work for this? 

Thanks!

Ok here's a before of my blue Cronmoks:


And after a good dose of moisture and horsehair brushing:

 

WOW. I may have to try that with my navy Chukkamoks.

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WOW. I may have to try that with my navy Chukkamoks.

I can say that when I received the Cronmoks, I was hugely disappointed, and had big-time buyer's remorse.  But the way they look now, I wear them in regular rotation.  You would hardly believe those pictures are of the same pair of shoes.  I'm a firm believer in moisturizer on leather shoes now, that's for sure. 

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WOW. I may have to try that with my navy Chukkamoks.


I should add, that while I was giving them their 'drink', they initially got that wet, almost black look, which is a bit disheartening...but the picture is proof how they quickly lightened up to a nice rich blue.  I do think these got a real generous dose of AE Leather Lotion...of the options I suggested above.  Don't be afraid!  lol.

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