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Can This be Fixed? (Lighter vs Darker Shoe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by furo, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Got these shipped to me, and clearly one has been exposed for quite some time to lighting as a floor model. Any suggestions?

    I plan on trying to lighten the other shoe w/ natural sunlight, but maybe there's a better way, as in darkening the floor model safely?

    FYI the original color is Chestnut

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  2. furo

    furo Senior member

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    And also forgot to mention, I applied some Lexol conditioner to the lighter shoe but it didn't darken it
     
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  3. Tropicalist

    Tropicalist Senior member

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    Actually if you just wear them 99% wouldn't notice the difference in shades
     


  4. furo

    furo Senior member

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    ?

    It's a significant difference, and I think even the photos show that
     


  5. clapeyron

    clapeyron Senior member

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    did you buy them as seconds? or were they not advertised as floor models?

    I think there was a post similar to this recently where someone bought AE cordovan seconds and ended up returning them since people told him it would either take too long to darken them by sunlight or it will crack the leather if you expose them to artificial radiation.
     


  6. furo

    furo Senior member

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    No no not seconds... just the last pair in stock so they sent me the floor model... also... I think shell cordovan is a whole different story... I would hope that calf is easier to darken or lighten but not positive
     
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  7. sportin_life

    sportin_life Senior member

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    When I've had slight differences in shades, typically I use a polish for the darker shoe on both and the difference becomes unnoticeable after polishing.
     


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    id send them back unless a significant discount was applied
     


  9. MyOtherLife

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    Unless you were pre-warned about this discoloration, send them back.
     


  10. hobo_ken

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    A darker polish would help that floor model out immensely. It looks dry and in need of some polish/wax.
     


  11. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Yes they were 50% off, and possibly the only pair left anywhere in this size
     
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  12. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    Renovateur, followed by some appropriate cream polish.
     


  13. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Here they are today after 5 (yes five) coats of neutral Kiwi polish on the right shoe only (I read somewhere on the forum that neutral can darken your shoes)

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    I'm not sure what to do next, these may not be salvageable
     


  14. GBR

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    Oxblood polish, sparingly, on the lighter one perhaps.
     


  15. flyboy

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    Kiwi Oxblood would probably work. I had a similar situation; one or two light coats will do it.
     
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