A few weeks ago I received two pairs of shoes from Shipton & Heneage, an online only shoe retailer, the entire experience was extremely pleasant. But we will discuss Shipton & Heneage at a later date. What I want to cover today is how to change to color of your shoes, at least in a minor way.
You see, both pair of shoes I ordered were the same color, Chestnut Burnished Calf. Out of the box the color was in between a mid-brown and a proper burgundy (oxblood). However, to be honest, I didn’t really want to keep the shoes in this in between color. The shoes had to go one way or the other, brown or burgundy. A new project was born.
It was decided that my shoe collection was in greater need of a mid brown loafer than a burgundy one and that a pair of oxblood wing tips would be nothing short of badass. So, anyway, some of you are likely wondering how I intend to go about changing the color of the shoes. And really, it is quite simple; polish. You see, by applying a polish of a certain color the leather of the shoes will over time develop along the lines of that color polish. The shoes will develop a patina, if you will. As more coats of mid brown polish are applied to the loafers they will develop a deeper and richer brown color, the same can be said for the wingtips but in burgundy. As you can tell by the pictures below the brown and oxblood colorings have already become apparent after one polishing. I am quite excited about this little project and cannot wait to see how things are looking after a few months of consistent polishing and wearing.