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Changing color of shoe from Dark to Light

dlvh

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Hello All,

This is my first post here on the StyleForum, so please forgive a newbie-

Recently I purchased my first pair of Wingtips Shoes... A Vintage Pair of Florsheim Royal Imperials, in Dark Burgundy, or Oxblood (I'm not certain what the official designation is) color.

What I am writing to this Forum for is, to ask if these colored shoes can be lightened, and then using another polish, brought to a Chestnut color, and what the preferred method of changing them would be?

The original color is very much like what is seen in this picture below:

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I would like the shoes to eventually look like this shoe in color...or something fairly close:

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I have already tried to use Bleach on them, as well as Acetone, both having VERY little to NO results. Do I need some sort of leather stripper? Or what would all be involved?

Thank you for your upcoming answers!

This is a wonderfully informative Forum!

dlvh
 

erutha95

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Why would you ever try to do that to a perfectly good shoe? The answer is, probably not, it's very difficult to do what you are asking, and it's likely that they will not come out looking good.

Buy another pair of shoes in the color you want. It will probably be cheaper than successfully lightening the shoes you have, and you'll end up with 2 pairs of shoes instead of 1.
 

cronicmole

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edmorel I believe was once black now he's white. PM him.
 

dlvh

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Originally Posted by TheWGP
Post pics of your shoes. Preferably including one before you did anything to them.

I'd actually be halfway interested to see, if they are shell, what effect all that had...


I've done no permanant damage to the shoes. I bought them VERY cheapily in hopes of changing there color as an experiment, but if I can't do that, I will polish them up and wear them as is...albeit with maybe a new rubber add-on half sole (The current/original leather sole is VERY slippery after a paint/dye job NOT done by me) to be added later perhaps.

I presume by the way "Viator" was asking about Cordovan, that IT cannot be re-colored?

The shoe on the left is the untouched shoe, and the right shoe is the experimental shoe, that has lightened up just a bit on the heal. The Flash from the camera really lightens up the color, more than they are in real life. Still not certain of the color though:

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Thanks for any, and all input fellows/folks
 

dlvh

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Originally Posted by fitandfunction
What size are these shoes? If they are a 9D, sell them to me and then use the money to buy a tan pair --

PM sent to you fitandfunction!
 

MyOtherLife

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Forget this project altogether.
 

bloke11

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I've successfully changed a pair of black shoes to dark brown using shoe creme. But in your case...
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dlvh

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Originally Posted by bloke11
I've successfully changed a pair of black shoes to dark brown using shoe creme. But in your case...
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And how exactly did you achieve this? ... Pictures?

Also, I believe there is a thread in this forum, where someone took some black boots and was able to strip them down and refinish them Ina medium todarker brown. Doesanyone know what/where that thread is?
 

patrickBOOTH

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Leave them out in the sun for a long time. They will lighten up.
 

pebblegrain

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
Leave them out in the sun for a long time. They will lighten up.

yeah, like 2 years. problem solved.
 

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