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Shoe Antiquing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RIDER, Oct 1, 2007.

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  1. Chris Waffles

    Chris Waffles Senior member

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    I decided to try my hand at antiquing a pair of burgundy Allen Edmonds chukkas (like the Malvern boot, but with a leather sole) but I'm having trouble removing the majority of the coloring with deglazer--does anyone have any tips? I have been using sponges to apply the deglazer and to rub some of it off but it isn't very effective. I'd like to turn the shoes dark brown with a burnished toe but I fear it will still have somewhat of a burgundy tint if I just dye/polish over their color now. Thanks for the help!
     


  2. mrbig

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    Possible thread jack: Has anybody tried to antique crocodile? I'm thinking of buying some dark brown loafers and antique the toe/heel a bit to espresso/near black like EG or TF but not sure how to go about it seeing as crocodile isn't supposed to be polished with wax.....
     


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  4. distinctive

    distinctive Senior member

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    It is okay to use wax polish on skins in moderation, same with shell. However, I would buy some dark brown or black dye, dilute it, and apply to the areas you want darkened (conservatively).


    I would remove that wax finish, buy navy dye and then polish them with blue wax.
     


  5. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    For posterity's sake, here's my little project...

    Starting shoes, Allen Edmonds Manhattan, a nice enough wholecut shoe originally in cognac color which I had tried to darken to saddle brown by applying the AE brown polish to, mixed in with some black... needless to say it caked and ended up looking pretty bad. Plus for work I have to wear black shoes so I figured WTH, instead of buying new black shoes, try to transform these ones.


    Step 1 - Using deglazer and cloth, stripped off as much of the main color as possible... actually I think the pic below is of the original shoes but the stripped version didn't look much different, just duller.
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    Step 2 - Applied a generous coat of dye to both the upper, edges and actually the sole as well just for good measure. Left to dry overnight, then gave a quick buff, and repeated the process. Probably 3-4 times total. Also soaked the laces since they were dark brown.
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    Step 3 - Conditioned the leather generously and left a few minutes to soak in. then wiped off.
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    Step 4 - applied polish/wax and put near heater for a few minutes, then gently wiped and buffed with a brush.
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  6. allaboutshoes

    allaboutshoes Senior member

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    :slayer::slayer::slayer::slayer::slayer: AWESOME
    Can you post pictures in a week or two after you wear them to show how/if the color holds up?
     


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    ap10046 Senior member

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    I am very confused - Should I go ahead and try and change the color on my Cottesmores or not take the chance and sell them off. I just cannot get used to the Chestnut color
    I have written to Ron, but have secured no reply yet. I would be very scared of using acetone or similar and completely mucking up the C&J's! I just don't have the confidence to do this.
    Does Ron still offer his "services"? Anybody else who could help me please?

    Obliged
     


  8. CYstyle

    CYstyle Senior member

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    what do u want them to look like?
     


  9. ap10046

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    Either an EG Dark Oak Antique or just a dark brown like the made for Barneys CJ Cottesmores
     


  10. CYstyle

    CYstyle Senior member

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    it's not too difficult to do. damn I took a plane to norther cali for 2 weeks won't be back home, otherwise I could take some pics. But if you have deglazer and leather dye you can do it yourself. if you mess up you can strip off the brown and retry, or get a pair of shoes at a thrift store to try it out. Do it in a well ventilated place like your garage. And preferably one that's warm. The deglazer reeks.
     


  11. ap10046

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    Hi CY
    LOL. I am really not good at creative stuff!
    Don't really have anything except some Nubiana and Saphir shoe creams - neutral and mid brown.

    I heard acetone was a no-no for stripping shoes?

    If I do decide to go ahead, would this be a "good starter kit"?
    1) Fiebings Dyes in Chocolate, Dark Brown and Cordovan/Light Brown
    2) Fiebings Deglazer
    3) Nubiana/Renovateur for the conditioner
    4) Saphir neutral cream polish or something like a Kiwi neutral wax?
     


  12. ap10046

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    Well, I am as happy as can be!!!

    Guru Ron is willing to take my orange C&J's and work his magic.
    He was just really busy setting up his new huge distribution office/warehouse so was out of circulation for a bit!!

    They will be soon embarking upon their life changing journey, literally around the world!!
     


  13. Northampton Novice

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    Ron will do a sterling job no doubt.
     


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    +1
     


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    two hundred quid?
     


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