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developing patina and depth of color in shoes?


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May 15, 2008
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So I just received the AS captoe oxford from Brooks Brothers (The one that was on clearance and listed incorrectly as a captoe blucher). For $200 it is a very nice shoe. The construction looks good. The size is very close, just a little wide/tall in the instep area. Unfortunately, the color is a little boring. I don't think it is bad enough to strip them down to bare leather and antique them, but I would like to improve the color as the patina develops.

Right now the shoes are medium brown... about the color or Dove milk chocolate, or maybe a little lighter. Using the search function, I learned that the second best way to change shoe color is by using pigmented cremes in place of neutral. I was thinking going darker to espresso brown or warmer/redder to chestnut. I checked at the local cobbler, and they have Meltonian in Dusky Brown, Dark Brown, Cordovan/Maroon, and Cognac.

Any suggestions?

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