Just finished my own DIY/Independent/Leap of Faith patina process on a pair of NEW (maybe 4 wears) Magnanni balmorals; I just didn't like how they were creasing, and the color was more difficult to match to polish than I (or my shoe topy guy) could imagine. Here's how they started, with my applied shoe polish patina (sandalwood and red mahogany Meltonian Creme, brown & black Kiwi wax), and before prep (deglazing): And here is what I did with acetone, bleach, dyes, cream polishes, wax and stain acrylic finisher: Sooooooo much better now... I used green, gold, red and dark brown dyes, red mahogany and sandalwood creme, with dark brown wax and satin finisher to top it all off. The shoes just looks brown when you see it, but if it catches ANY light...beeea-uuu-tiful colors emerge, like this toe shot! I need to take some shots with my digicam, but for now the crappy cell pics will have too suffice... Still waiting for finisher to dry so I can polish the rear of the shoe to match shine of front. Thoughts? Impressions? I want to do every plain or boring shoe I have now... A new obsession is being born, I think, but at least this one can make me money rather than empty the coffers!!!