Originally Posted by ap10046
Here they are : more "orange-y" in real life. I take really bad pictures..
If I could get them to look like the ones in the picture, I would be ecstatic!!
Shape of course cannot be changed. But I presume you have them on trees so they hold their shape as well as possible?
If you wish to darken them bear in mind it is a simple process but will take a few hours of rubbing/buffing to get there. I suggest that you will need at least two colors of cream shoe polish. The first in a medium brown just a few shades darker than they are now, and the second in a dark brown. If you try to go too dark at first you are likely to get 'blotchy' results and not blotchy in a good way. The boots look a little dry to me and if they are they will absorb the cream in an inconsistent way so you need to start with a color that is not too drastically different than what is there now. Test each polish color on an inconspicuos location before applying overall.
I would start with two coats of medium brown cream polish - quickly apply it to the entire boot and then go back over it rubbing in small circular motions quite firmly until the shine comes up. The idea is to create friction, which creates heat, which softens the polish. This combined with pressure from your firm rubbing will drive the pigment and conditioner deeper into the leather. You will probably find that it takes 10-15 minutes per boot per coat to get the shine to come up with this method - that is a good thing - rub rub rub and drive the color in deeply.
After two coats if they appear to be fairly even and you want darker still then move on to the same process with the dark brown.
This will be four coats of cream polish and will have taken you most of an evening if you applied enough rubbing to the process. Take a photo and send for further instruction. Or, if at any point you are concerned with what is happening take a photo and post for more instruction. While you are purchasing the cream polish I suggest you might also pick up some dark or navy blue as well - as you might need it to take out some of the orange color - if so this will need to happen after you already have the browns in place - we won't know until you get that far.
It's a really easy process - just don't try to go too dark too fast.