• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Darkening a pair of tan shoes

dreamtripper

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 9, 2010
Messages
224
Reaction score
8
I have a pair of Ferragamo Tramezza wingtips that I don't wear too often because the shade of brown (similar to a british tan) is a little too light for my liking. I'd like to darken them to a rich darker brown patina. Can I do this using a shoe cream that is a couple of shades darker or is there a better way?
 

bananananana

In Time Out
Joined
Jan 27, 2010
Messages
664
Reaction score
1
Yes, but be careful not to apply unevenly. Also, cheaper leathers will absorb dye unevenly, although the tramezzas sohuld be fine.
 

patrickBOOTH

Stylish Dinosaur
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Oct 16, 2006
Messages
35,753
Reaction score
10,661
Originally Posted by dreamtripper
I have a pair of Ferragamo Tramezza wingtips that I don't wear too often because the shade of brown (similar to a british tan) is a little too light for my liking. I'd like to darken them to a rich darker brown patina. Can I do this using a shoe cream that is a couple of shades darker or is there a better way?

The way to do it is with a darker polish. It will create a nice patina over time. Don't try to do it all at once, it will be all gunky and won't shine up. Thin layers buffed out. I would say start with a conditioner, buff, darker cream polosh, buff, another thin layer of darker cream, buff. A light conditioning, buff, then waxes using the same process.
 

Bounder

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 14, 2009
Messages
2,361
Reaction score
527
Originally Posted by dreamtripper
Can I do this using a shoe cream that is a couple of shades darker or is there a better way?
BBQ sauce. Well, it worked for me.
 

wetnose

Distinguished Member
Joined
Feb 14, 2009
Messages
1,013
Reaction score
5
Look up the antiquing thread. If you want to do it right, you need to strip it with acetone then build up the color again with cream and polish.
 

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 17 3.2%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 92 17.6%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 165 31.5%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 86 16.4%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 48 9.2%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 32 6.1%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 18 3.4%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 13 2.5%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 13 2.5%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 4 0.8%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 4 0.8%
  • 100+

    Votes: 32 6.1%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
427,665
Messages
9,203,237
Members
193,241
Latest member
RecentComment

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Top