Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Judging by the photos, they look pretty bad unless you're planning to turn them into black shoes. I'd take some acetone to the stained spots when you get them and see what happens.
The black shoe idea is where I figure to go if all else fails.
Originally Posted by waterpig
I'm certainly no expert, but I bet Rider could fix those shoes.
I have no idea what Ron charges for this service, but I'd have to determine if the value of the shoe warrants spending whatever his fee would be.
Originally Posted by DocHolliday
Before you do anything drastic, you might try giving them a little how's your father with some Lexol leather cleaner. I've managed to remove some impressive stains that way.
If you acetone the spots, I'm betting you'll need to acetone the whole shoe. Ron, IIRC, recommends avoiding acetone altogether, in favor of another stripper that's less harsh.
Does the seller have any idea what caused the stains?
The Lexol was going to be my initial shot at removing the stains and if that fails, either pay a pro to recolor them or make my first attempt at dyeing or antiquing.
The seller said he was given the shoes in this condition so he has no idea how it happened. He does say that in person they don't look nearly a bad as in the pictures. We'll see.