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I am about to buy a pair of AE Randolfs and Bradleys in burgundy cordovan. Is there a way to darken them? I'd like them to be almost black with burgundy highlights.
 

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Black KIWI shoe polish.
 

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Originally Posted by mafoofan
Black KIWI shoe polish.

I'd start though by taking Burgundy cream and mix it with a bit of black cream. Then let that dry and then do some wax. It worked very well for a recent pair of Edward Green boots of mine. Good luck!
 

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It's cordovan--you're not supposed to use cream on it.
 

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Originally Posted by mafoofan
It's cordovan--you're not supposed to use cream on it.

Really?
Good thing I haven't shined my cordovan longwings since I got them back from A.E. recrafting! I bought a can of cream polish and everything...
 

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Originally Posted by BdeRWest
Really?
Good thing I haven't shined my cordovan longwings since I got them back from A.E. recrafting! I bought a can of cream polish and everything...


Bought cordovan from AE?
 

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Originally Posted by Jay Gatsby
Bought cordovan from AE?

No, eBay. Turn your nose up at me all you want! They're good shoes that will last; I can't yet justify—to myself or my wife—spending $500 or more on a pair of shoes. :)
 

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Originally Posted by BdeRWest
No, eBay. Turn your nose up at me all you want! They're good shoes that will last; I can't yet justify"”to myself or my wife"”spending $500 or more on a pair of shoes. :)

Good buy sir! I'll only add that you must use just a little black polish at a time; a quarter as much as you would use on calfskin shoes.
 

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Originally Posted by mafoofan
It's cordovan--you're not supposed to use cream on it.

Really? I thought the Saphir Renovateur (sp?)That Ron Rider thinks is best for shell cordovan is essentially neutral cream. Is it something else?
 

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Cream is a no, no, but the black wax recommendation is key. You have to do it over time though and through a lot of brushing. If you try and cake wax on the shoe you are goiung to gunk it up and ruin the finish and it won't take a shine. Many iterations of renovateur, buffing, and black wax and buffing will deposit the color over time.
 

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Originally Posted by Slewfoot
Really? I thought the Saphir Renovateur (sp?)That Ron Rider thinks is best for shell cordovan is essentially neutral cream. Is it something else?

No reno isn't the same as neutral cream. Reno has a ton of shea butter, it has oxfoot oil, and mink oil. Neutral doesn't, it is very much a polish, not a conditioner.
 

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It is not going to hurt it by any means, but it does make the finish look dull almost cloudy and it is hard to get a real good shine after creams are used on it.
 

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