It sounds like your shoes may have 2 colors, maybe a base coat dye with a top coat of color. My black ones are just one coat. Here's a photo of what I was talking about. This is using 0000 steel wool and alcohol. I suppose you could get the same effect using a rag, it would probably just take longer.
There is a slight texture to the leather that is revealed. I wonder if doing this to the whole shoe and then dyeing it would look good. I suppose I could just as easily find flaws in the leather that the black paint hides, and the whole idea could be out the window. It seems like it would be a lot of work, and maybe something to try on a thrift store find.
This is pretty easy to hide and undo, because it isn't in a very visible spot.
Very impressive stripping. I only wish the red dye on my "cordovan" Sebagos was that simple to remove. Even after some seriously hard scrubbing with an alcohol-soaked Scotch Brite adrasive pad, the red looked as though it ran all the way through the leather. Maybe the red dye sinks in deeper than the black? Who knows.
That what beaten down shoes from eBay are for: destroying in the name of science!pweller said:I don't have a real bad pair of shoes to try this on, otherwise I'd probably throw caution to the wind.
I will say this though: I have never been as successful at getting black dress shoes to look good as I have been with brown. I've come to accept that the best that black calf shoes can look is pretty good, and that's if you religiously clean and polish them before every wearing. Which is one of the reasons I don't wear black shoes anymore except for ninja assignments.
I'm inclined to think that all the rubbing alcohol did was to remove 4 years worth of cream and polish.
ConFop: When you stripped down your 'cordovan' Sebagos, is this (more or less) the colour that was revealed?
Okay, I was wondering. Because I agree that the colour in my photo is just fine. It's the antiqued brown, but the new version is much darker (so I understand). Perhaps stripping down a pair to the red and then using a reddish brown shoe dye would do the trick.The Continental Fop said:Oh dear lord no -- when I stripped my "cordovan" (non-brushoff) Sebagos they were red. RED. Not reddish brown. RED. If they looked like the shoes in your pic, I would've been happy to leave them as is.
I've almost destroyed the soles of my black Classics, with only two long walks in wet weather. Normally I would apply topy but it just doesn't seem worth it at this price point.I think the shoes themselves are great. Very comfortable, well-made, good leather, and they seem to be holding up very well (although the heels wear down faster than my Aldens, so I see new/better heels in the near future, not a bad thing probably).
YES. You are RIGHT.What the world needs is for Alden to offer a "recession loafer". Simple brown calf, in the Weejun mode, call it $200. Not an uncobblable Cape Cod. A real Alden, no-frills, two hundred bucks.
I've almost destroyed the soles of my black Classics, with only two long walks in wet weather. Normally I would apply topy but it just doesn't seem worth it at this price point.
Keep us posted, and get some photos up if you can.srivats said:Update on my SAS loafers - been wearing them a lot since I got them since they are so damned comfortable. Never needed any "breaking in" since they fit perfectly the first time I wore it. They are showing fine creases like calf and the shine is going down. From what it looks, I should have a perfect looking loafers in about two months, maybe I'll do a review then with "New" and "worn" pics.