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Is it possible to 'lighten' dark leather shoes

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by WatchGuy, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. WatchGuy

    WatchGuy Well-Known Member

    May 1, 2006
    Southern California
    I found a pair if leather shoes I really like, but they are a very dark brown. Ideally I would like them to be a lighter shade of brown. Is that possible? If so, how much work is it?

  2. Calden

    Calden Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    Wait a minute. Four hundred a month for loafer lightener?
    But we must have it, it is the lifeblood of the industry.
    You get the same results with a mincing gel.
    But of course! I will save thousands. Thank you.

    Sorry, I don't really know. I've dyed brown shoes black, and red shoes brown, but I've never tried to lighten any. If you call up a quality shoe repair shop they should be able to tell you.
  3. whoopee

    whoopee Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2005
    It is possible to strip colour from a shoe and then recolour them. There have been discussions on this topic, and one member in particular has quite a bit of experience doing so, but you will not be able to contact him on this forum. So try a search; there should still be some information availabel. Playing with your shoes like this is not for the faint of heart.
  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    Using a lighter-colored polish on them will, over time, lighten them somewhat. I bought some Mantellassi boots in dark brown that now have very nice caramel highlights.

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