Your boots have inspired me to do the same. If I used acetone on black leather, do you think I could dye it a brown or a grey? Also, where did you buy the dye and how is this different from cream/polish? Cheers http://www.cobblersupplies.com/servl...Dye/Categories The blacks I've done are still black. Whether you can dye a black shoe a lighter color will depend on the type of leather and how deeply the black dye has penetrated. If you're going to go with a lighter color, you'll need to first be able to strip it down to plain beige, with almost no hint of black remaining. There's no way to know before starting whether you'll be able to do that with a particular shoe.