Are black shoes equally black?

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  1. kaizo

    kaizo Senior member

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    I suppose this will drift along side with the quality of leather issue but I have noticed that some black shoes are blacker than others. Is this intrinsic to the leather or something that could be improved by polishing? So would a black shoe become a darker black using a darker black shoe polish?

    The reason I ask is because I found a nicely fitting black calf chukka boots (because of the shape of my feet its really hard to find a shoe that fits) which I would like to have in a darker colour:

    http://www.russellandbromley.co.uk/boots/jermyn/invt/567624/

    I know its notthe best shoe but shoes like C and J is out of my reach pricewise... :(
     
  2. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    I think you will find two shades of black are nearly never the same. Also, the shade of black often varies from pair to pair, even with the same maker and style. My point is that you may not have to find a different style, just a different physical pair.

    Also, yes, you can darken them.
     
  3. kaizo

    kaizo Senior member

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    Hi thank you for your reply. :) In that case I think I will go ahead and buy them. Do you know any particular brand of polish that is a very dark black?
     
  4. SharplyTailored

    SharplyTailored Senior member

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    Wearing those exact shoes now, on the bus. Need a bit of a polish, though.
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    SharplyTailored Senior member

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    I also have the same pair in tan. They are really comfortable, and the tan pair have attracted a few compliments. If I had more money I'd get the dark brown suede ones as well.
     
  6. kaizo

    kaizo Senior member

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    Ah great! what's your opinion on them?
     
  7. SharplyTailored

    SharplyTailored Senior member

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    [​IMG]Really comfortable. I did post a few minutes ago, but it was held back as I'm a new member. Here they are again, alongside the tan ones.
     
  8. SharplyTailored

    SharplyTailored Senior member

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    The one problem I have is that on the sole of the tan ones, which I have had for longer, some of the stitching seems to have worn away. However, these are the only Dainite-soled shoes I've had, so I don't know if it's normal. It's never caused any trouble with the shoe though, they're still completely intact.
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  9. kaizo

    kaizo Senior member

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    I think that pretty much seals it then thanks for the pics and verdict. :D

    Additionally if anyone has any suggestions for black polish please let me know :)
     
  10. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    Inexpensive: Allen Edmonds

    More Expensive: Saphir
     
  11. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Polish with black cream polish then apply a black wax polish. That 2 step process will give you the richest color. And don't wait until you see a lot of scuffs. Do it every weekend for a few weeks and they will look their very best. Brush well so that there isn't any excess polish/wax. It gives you the hardest finish. Add a little water for a high glass spit shine look.

    But, the quality of the leather and it's texture does have something to do with the final effect.
     
  12. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    50 shades of black!

    The actual color really depends on the texture of the leather and the finish/polish, so no two blacks are exactly the same.
     
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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    This.

    Higher quality shoes hold a shine better than lesser quality shoes. Leathers can also be a bit different and your shoe rotation / polishing schedule will have something to do with how your shoes look as well. The shoe you linked to probably has not been highly polished. Give it a good shine and it will take on a different color.
     
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    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    I would try some AE or Kiwi polish.
     
  15. kaizo

    kaizo Senior member

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    Thank you all for your suggestions and helps. I've eventually decided to try out the fabled Saphir polish I've ordered some now and it should arrive in a few days! I couldn't get the cream so I think I will get one from Russel and Bromley.

    Thank you all again for your help. Especially for taking the time to take pics of the shoes I want. :)
     

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