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Barkers Chelsea boots....too tan...any way to darken it up to 2 shades?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SSingh1975, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. SSingh1975

    SSingh1975 Senior Member

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    Aug 16, 2014
    Hi all

    I have my Barkers for 3 months now and love it. Originally I liked the color (it's light tan..almost orangey in bright sun) but after a while, the novelty has rubbed off and the color itself just demands too much unneeded attention (I get countless "hey..those are really slick boots man" compliments and it's getting old).

    Unfortunately, Barkers only does this style in this color or black (no medium brown).

    If I get brown polish, would that darken it up naturally or would that mess up the shade altogether? Any other ways to darken up the color? I've heard mink oil darkens up leather as well but not sure if that will work on this cut of leather (non-oiled).


  2. Astaroth

    Astaroth Senior Member

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    Sep 26, 2013
    Using a shoe cream slightly darker than the end result you want will give temporary results, particularly if you dont polish it off and overlayer a similar coloured wax but these are temporary solutions and the areas that brush against edges of things will revert back to their colour quickest so become high maintenance.

    The only way to make a along term change that doesnt require touching up frequently would be to dye them but for most us you need brown trousers for the day you do it. I've been lucky and the couple of shoes I've dyed have turned out fine but seen terribly inconsistent colour results from others attempts.

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