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What happened to these shoes?

doublebucklemonk

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I picked up a pair of AE Walden's in Burgundy off of Ebay. They were described as "like new" and "worn once". Soles/insoles etc are all in great shape. The color of the shoes if horrible. It looks like somebody tried to die or antique these themselves. I can see at least 4 different colors of die/polish on the shoe. I can clearly see black, dark brown, tan/light brown, and the original burgundy. In spots I can see brush marks, and there is even tan/light brown smeared along the edge of the sole in spots.





So, is this a huge screwup at the factory, or do you think somebody tried a home antiquing project and fubar'd it? Do you think it could be fixed?

I've already emailed the seller and am waiting to here back.
 

nordicstyle

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Maybe they are fixable if you scrub them down with some leather cleaner? I know there was a thread here a while back with a guy who colored his own shoes, maybe you can ask him what he used to clean them up before processing.
 

Ich_Dien

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I quite like it...
 

cheessus

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I have a pair of loafers that has the same coloring like that, but they are Varvatos, and not AE. I wouldn't expect it from AE, but from Varvatos, I could see them intentionally doing it this way.

FWIW, I love these loafers and wear them all the time. These differing shades give them character in a broken-in-over-the-many-years sense. I don't find anything too wrong with your pair. Maybe you could just get them shined.
 

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I quite like it. The uneven coloring, which is actually not too drastic, is quite cool.

If you don't like it, take some dark brown polish and all will be good.
 

Nick V.

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Judging from the way the finish is flaking off, it looks like some sort of liquid polish/wax.
Try stripping the uppers down with Afta. Then apply cream polish or Lexol.
 

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