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Basic shoe question - Why do some brown leathers have a "smoky" appearance?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sportin_life, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. sportin_life

    sportin_life Senior member

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    This might be a really simple question, but I didn't really start appreciating shoes until recently. I noticed that some AE browns have a "smoked" appearance, which lends to their attractiveness.

    For example, the Bel Air's have the look:

    http://www.endless.com/dp/B0015MLXU8...SIN=B0015MLXU8

    I also have a pair of Eastons with that smoked appearance too.

    What causes this? Is it natural in the leather or do they stain it in a particular way?
     
  2. rebel222

    rebel222 Senior member

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    They stain it. They call it a burnished finish.
     
  3. Srynerson

    Srynerson Senior member

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    This might be a really simple question, but I didn't really start appreciating shoes until recently. I noticed that some AE browns have a "smoked" appearance, which lends to their attractiveness.

    For example, the Bel Air's have the look:

    http://www.endless.com/dp/B0015MLXU8...SIN=B0015MLXU8

    I also have a pair of Eastons with that smoked appearance too.

    What causes this? Is it natural in the leather or do they stain it in a particular way?


    I believe it's the staining process that causes that. JL's shoes made with "museum calf" have a similar look.

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  4. pebblegrain

    pebblegrain Senior member

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    For shoes like AE it mainly consists of plain shoe polish applied by someone who does it hundreds of times per day
     
  5. HarleyBob

    HarleyBob Senior member

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    It's form too many years of hard living. Try frequenting the cigar shops and neighborhood bars every night and you too will have a smokey, worn look.
     
  6. koolhistorian

    koolhistorian Senior member

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    Its called burnishing - apply darker color wax on certain spots. The JL musem calf is obtained by the tanning process (before staining)!
     

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