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Removing patent from Lanvin sneakers

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I want to purchase Lanvin sneakers with patent leather on sale. However, I don't like the patent leather part. Has anyone tried making the patent leather less shiny with accetone for instance? Or it's not doable? Thanks

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post #2 of 5
It most certainly IS DOABLE. BUT full of pitfalls as well. Make sure what's underneath the finsish (patent) is a reasonable leather or at least real leather, which nowadays is far from a certainty. It could be composite/bonded leather (shredded leather with glue) or vinyl or some other nasty stuff.

If it is real and OK quality leather than I would proceed first with paint stripper (methylene chloride) followed by lacquer thinner (Methyl Ethyl Ketone =MEK). Acetone is a type of ketone but MEK is often more suitable/more effective for the type of finishes concerned
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How can I make sure that underneath is real leather? I expect Lanvin sneakers to be made of highest quality so I suppose it shouldn't be a problem. Thanks a lot.
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Assusming Lanvin sneakers are the highest of quality is a big assumption.
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Yeah, many of the big designers, whose classic shoes are Made in Italy often have their sneakers made in the Far East.

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