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post #16 of 30
I like the new color, especially because they are boots. Now had they been a low vamp loafer I would have left them the original shade.
post #17 of 30
amazing job Orgetorix!
post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post
Brandy is a great color for some shoes, but I didn't find it all that useful for this particular application. Bal boots are essentially dressy things, IMO, and I'm not likely to wear boots in warm weather with a summer suit. I think I'll get more use out of them in the darker color.

great point, personally I would also get much more use out of the darker color.
post #19 of 30
very nice. amazing.
post #20 of 30
Thanks for describing the process. Would've personally liked to see them a little lighter but they look really good.
post #21 of 30
lt look very bad.
see orange under dark color.
no depth in antiquing.
post #22 of 30
I like 'em
post #23 of 30
Beautiful job.
post #24 of 30
Quite impressive. I really like the new color. How durable is the finish though? If they get scuffed - does the original color come through? Do you have to re-apply dark polish regularly to maintain it?
post #25 of 30
nicely done, very impressive
post #26 of 30
You should have not remoisturised after the acetone and let the Feibings do its things and obliterate that orange you hated. Then remoisturise etc. I would start again and strip them back. The orange is still too pronounced as an undertone. You werere right to get rid of it in the first place.
post #27 of 30
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The orange is still too pronounced as an undertone. You werere right to get rid of it in the first place.
I dunno, man. From here, the toes look otherworldly, completely awesome.
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by FidelCashflow View Post
Quite impressive. I really like the new color. How durable is the finish though? If they get scuffed - does the original color come through? Do you have to re-apply dark polish regularly to maintain it?

+1
post #29 of 30
I re-dyed the exact same pair of boots - AE Brantleys from their original orange color to a dark brown. When the boots are scuffed, the original color does not come through since the leather was stripped and completely redyed with actual leather dye rather than just wax polish.

Before


After
post #30 of 30
Thread Starter 
My experience has been the same as BBC's. Since leather dye was used in lieu of polishes or other surface treatments, the dye has penetrated deep enough that the color doesn't change when it gets scuffed.

Here's a more natural-light shot. You can still sort of see the undertones a little, especially around the laces, but it isn't pronounced. And you can see a scuff on the heel counter - it's just brown.

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