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The Colors of Berluti Shoes

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Putting aside why on earth one would want shoes that try to copy the often oddball Berluti flavors.... We've seen on this site the great pictures of sometimes controversial Berluti shoes -- from black and brown to purple, green and blue, along with some very cool brown with dark/light green shading/marbleing or almost black navy blue with light blue or green shading. Having just last night re-worked a light tan pair of Grensons to an interesting darker color, with various shades in between using brown and blue shoe creme, I got to thinking whether anyone has tried to match the unique color shading of Berluti. Anyone mixed in some light green or blue or yellow or purple?
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Berluti uses colout pigment instead of shoe polish to achieve those results, so I doubt we could DIY at home. My favourite of them all is when they use a bit of dull green over the brown base (in France you purchase Berlutis in base colours and then specify the patine that you want). Also, the venezia leather they use has different properties than the regular English leather on a Lobb or Grenson.
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By colour pigment do you mean something akin to watercolor paint? Just curious.
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The people at Berluti say, they cannot perform their colouring on ordinary box calf only on "Venezia" leather. I don't know how the tanning and finishing process differs between the two leathers. I presume Venezia (a term only Berluti uses) is an unfinished or semi-finished leather and therefore able to absorb the colour effects within the leather (and not just on top of it). I cannot imagine that Berluti will give anyone precise descriptions on what materials and techniques they use. Their formulas are probably as secret as the one for Coca Cola.
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Given the oddly sweet smells emanating from the back of the store I wager that Berluti's colour pigments encompass some interesting chemicals as well. The Venezia leather that my shoes came in pre-coloring looked completely unpolished and uncolored. (Actually, I'm not sure if it really was Venezia leather as it hasn't distended unattractively as many Berluti dress shoes do with a little wear.) Even with loads of acetone (wear a mask.) you likely won't be able to get shoes back to that state. Additionally, it's easiest to color shoes with using dark colors, so I'm not sure how well you could recolor shoes with light colors.
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