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Is it possible to 'lighten' dark leather shoes

post #1 of 4
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I found a pair if leather shoes I really like, but they are a very dark brown. Ideally I would like them to be a lighter shade of brown. Is that possible? If so, how much work is it?

Thanks.
post #2 of 4
Wait a minute. Four hundred a month for loafer lightener?
But we must have it, it is the lifeblood of the industry.
You get the same results with a mincing gel.
But of course! I will save thousands. Thank you.

Sorry, I don't really know. I've dyed brown shoes black, and red shoes brown, but I've never tried to lighten any. If you call up a quality shoe repair shop they should be able to tell you.
post #3 of 4
It is possible to strip colour from a shoe and then recolour them. There have been discussions on this topic, and one member in particular has quite a bit of experience doing so, but you will not be able to contact him on this forum. So try a search; there should still be some information availabel. Playing with your shoes like this is not for the faint of heart.
post #4 of 4
Using a lighter-colored polish on them will, over time, lighten them somewhat. I bought some Mantellassi boots in dark brown that now have very nice caramel highlights.
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