I've picked up a used pair of Loake mid-brown oxford shoes. Seeing as there were some major scuffs around, I nonchalantly used kiwi instant shine liquid wax polish I had at hand. BIG mistake. It left a messy splattered finish across the shoes. In my haste I thought I'd rub a wet cloth over hoping it'd absorb it or soak it, but the liquid polish has become a layer waterproofing agent and it just won't budge! Also attempted a few courses of leather conditioner and neutral polish cream which didn't remove anything. (Not entirely sure of the quality of the shoes itself despite the brand, and line tag of "Loake Business")
I have read about using acetone as a harsh treatment. I tried a bit of nail polish remover at the heel but it has clearly removed the finish dye despite a very minimal touch. What advice could members give me to restore these shoes? Just persist and polish over them with proper brown polish wax/cream and disguise the horrid mess beneath? Or completely strip it bare with acetone, then polish it or maybe even dye it (im thinking black would be easy)?
Suggestions and comments are wholly welcome and appreciated!
Edited by lebouche - 5/13/13 at 2:36am