Is there a way to lighten the color of suede shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Semin Park, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. Semin Park

    Semin Park Member

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    I recently bought a dark brown suede loafer online, and it appears that the color of the shoe is a bit darker than I hope it'd be.

    For ordinary calf shoes, you could use cream of darker shade to make it darker. But what can you do for suede shoes? Also, is it possible to make the color brighter?


    Any comment would be highly appreciated. Help!
     


  2. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Not satisfactorily - why on earth did you buy them if the colour is wrong for you?
     


  3. Astaroth

    Astaroth Senior member

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    But you dont want them darker do you?

    For both calf and suede making them lighter is more challenging than making them darker. For calf you can try and add "life" to the colour by layering lighter creams and waxes but this doesnt really lighten them and naturally is very temporary.

    To truly lighten either you first of all need to be brave, secondly lighten them using bleach or strong solvents to lift the colour and then redye them the colour you want. Suede can be more difficult to get an even colour and so some recommend using a spray/duster to apply the dye rather than a brush.

    If they can be returned for a refund, it'd be the safer route
     


  4. rbhan12

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    I suppose you could leave them in the sun, it should help to fade it. Certainly a less ballsy route that bleach or solvents. Also a return-friendly route. It also depends how much lighter of a shade you desire.
     


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