These shoes are hideous. However, they are nice construction and very cheap. Any ideas on if they could be dyed to oxblood or even a brown? Thank you in advance for any input.
Can these pink shoes be dyed to oxblood?
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It looks like somebody grabbed some terrible pink paint and painted these, I would imagine they were for a professional clown. I doubt you could overcome the dye or paint in the leather to make it worth the effort.
Instead of trashing the pink look...
If they are very cheap I suspect that the leather is of "less" quality, "painted" or "corrected" with a "plastic" finish that probably is impossibly to get rid of.
But if the leather is not "corrected" I do not see any problem to clean/strip them with acetone or some other solvent and then dye them with any appropriate dye. As oxblood is very dark color with a reddish base, the light pink should not be a problem. Color wise!
Though my worry is that the leather is of such low quality that it is impossibly to dye !
If the leather is very corrected with a heavy coating than this can be easily removed with paint stripper or lacquer thinner-very doable with good results possible.
So you see the color is not any issue and to be honest that pink is the least of your worries as is. The underlying boot shape is very blobby and the toe spring is a complete joke truly only fit for a clown's clown. And for these 2 things there is nothing that can be done.
I can say that all corrected leather can not be stripped! I have a pair of black Herrings that I can not take away a horribly coating. I have tried acetone , terpentine, lacquer thinner and almost every solvent I could find in the chemistry laboratory at work. (I worked as an associate professor and have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry soo I know how to handle solvents.) I had access to most solvent you could ever think of. Some made some serious damage but none realy dissolved the "plastic" coatings .