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Rookie darkens shoes with common household objects

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bleachboy, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. bleachboy

    bleachboy Senior member

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    I ordered a bunch of Saphir stuff the other day. It came in the mail this afternoon, and of course I had to bust it out and try it out.

    A few years ago, Brooks Brothers unloaded a bunch of Crockett and Jones Weymouths (Peal & Co) for really cheap. So I bought a pair. Unfortunately, I never really liked the color too much as I considered it too pale, plus an incompetent cobbler Topy'd them then used black sole edge dressing on it. Ugh.

    I applied one coat of Saphir Medium Brown shoe cream to these guys, and I was like "Hey, they're a little darker!" So I proceeded to cream and buff the shoes about six times, trying to be a little creative with some antiquing effects. Finally, I applied Saphir medium brown wax polish.

    I think I could do something even nicer with some Dark Brown Saphir.

    The original shoes:

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    The finished product:

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    The tools:

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  2. bigbris1

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    I like the new color better.
     
  5. pebblegrain

    pebblegrain Senior member

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    The older color was better.
     
  6. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    I like the new color better.

    +1. Though the older color was fine too.
     
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    Work on the areas where dark cream has settle into the creases, and I think they'll look nice.
     
  8. Newstyle

    Newstyle Senior member

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    The new color looks really nice.
     
  9. MrGimpy

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    Add my vote to the new colour column.

    The toes still look quite light, though. Perhaps a little more dark polish around the medallion would be appropriate?
     
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    Hard to say how much darker they are. The white balance on your camera must be set to automatic (notice the difference in color on the hardwood floor, which I doubt you've stained in the process[​IMG]).
     
  11. Doc4

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    I actually have a pair of those Peals, and really like the original colour.

    The new version has some merit, but looks too mottled right now. But following this advice ...

    Work on the areas where dark cream has settle into the creases, and I think they'll look nice.

    ... should help.
     
  12. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    It looks like a pair of lighter shade shoes shined with a darker shade of shoe polish. The overall effect says, "I ran out of the right shoe polish," or "blind shoe shine boy shined my shoes."

    If you really don't like the shade, send it to someone who knows how to refinish them properly, like a local shoe guy or an expert like RIDER.


    - B
     
  13. Usul

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    I cleaned a pair of shoes with OxyClean once and was not pleased to find that it turned them from a chestnut to mid-brown with hints of eggplant. I suppose the technical term for this is "oxidation".
     
  14. Jack2000

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    They look dirty. Read the shoe antiquing thread that Ron Rider wrote. You need to strip them and use some dye, then polish.
     
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    New one looks terrible, like you wore them to work in a coal mine and didn't brush the coal dust away. Or you tried to polish with a darker shoe polish because you ran out of your regular light polish.
     
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    New one looks terrible, like you wore them to work in a coal mine and didn't brush the coal dust away. Or you tried to polish with a darker shoe polish because you ran out of your regular light polish.

    What a crabass. Nobody will think you just came out of a coal mine, for crying out loud. The old color was nice, but I like the newer look as well- everyone will have an opinion on what the "best" brown is. I do agree that you need to buff them out a bit more. Also agree that dye will give you better and more lasting effect. The polish will wear off.
     
  17. apropos

    apropos Senior member

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    My friends call me crabass.

    You can call me apropos.
     
  18. MyOtherLife

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    Original colour is far better. Fortunately you can get it back.
     
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    New one looks terrible, like you wore them to work in a coal mine and didn't brush the coal dust away. Or you tried to polish with a darker shoe polish because you ran out of your regular light polish.

    I LOLled IRL.

    BB, try brushing them a whole lot (especially in teh creases). I have done something similar and trust me, after a wear or two you will wish you never did this. Fortunately, it is reversible.
     
  20. bleachboy

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    Hey, I had fun doing it, anyway! [​IMG]
     

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