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Oxidize finished leather shoes?

dubxion

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Hey, did a quick scan, and haven't found a good solution to what I'd like to do:
I found a cheap pair of "nicely worn" Allen Edmonds wing-tip loafers that I'd like to distress/oxidize. They have a fairly processed finish, so I though the oxidation of said finish might work well, a la these Bed|Stus: http://www.bedstu.com/mens-bedstu/bed-stu-cobbler-scorpio-black-glove-shoes.html

Looking for what might oxidize out the finish, bleach doesn't really do it. Any ideas?

Doing some tests on other black shoes, paint thinner/acetone, etc does a good job of dulling/removing the finish, but it's still black, or the finish just rubs off and you're left with the raw leather, doesn't really look like the link above. Haven't had much luck finding any good info (Bed|Stu keeps it confidential)- even from my dad the chemist, but he doesn't really get the idea of what I'm trying to do. :p

Thanks!
 

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