Originally Posted by Mudhiker
That is just what it takes to make leather white... thick thick mineral-based paint.
I don't know that it is really a paint. It has to penetrate into the fiber mat of the leather and a paint would just lie on top. You can't buy an aniline dye (liquid) that is white. Least-wise I've never seen any. I've just dealt with the unwise decision (my own) to try to change white shoes to some other colour. As for stripping the black in an attempt to make the leather a cream colour...you've got the same problem in reverse. And where do you get a cream coloured aniline dye? Never seen any. Sure you can strip the black paint job but the leather underneath will often also be black. If you can remove or bleach the black out you might be able to go to another colour either by dying with an aniline dye to create a base and then "painting" or just by painting alone. Remember though, that as the shoe flexes some of the paint is going to chip off...particularly in the creases, and particularly on a "hobby" level dye/paint job. Even commercially or professionally, one of the main reasons to do the aniline (penetrating) dye first is so that when the paint flakes off, the underlying colour will be the same. If you cannot remove or tone down the black in the fiber mat, what other colour will cover or transform black? There is none.