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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Restoring And Adding Light Patina To Ralph Lauren Purple Label Shoes Made By Edward Green

Some might say that the below shoes should have been left untouched and that adding any colour to them would effectively spoil their look. I would be inclined to agree except to say that there are so few men that would wear these dual tones that I wanted to 'meet the market' by creating a second tone that a man who wears shoes with a suit or with a shirt and trousers would feel comfortable slipping them on his feet. I do love the shoes as they were but some might feel they were a bit clownish.

So, to cut a long story short these shoes sold on the second pair of feet I put them on. The result was a greyish green on the top which had, not visible to the eye on the photo, but a certain fleck in the leather caused by the use of a beaver felt brush which applied the Saphir leather dyes in many layers over a number of hours. Also used on these shoes was a grey pomade by Saphir which added an additional ghosting to the browns which on closer examination also have the whisps of the beaver felt brush in the leather with deeper browns penetrating the intial brown in the top photo.

It's hard to show off on a shoe like this suffice to say the customer was happy and gave me a small tip.

For Saphir dyes, pomades and waxes, please see Exquisite Trimmings.

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