Products: Leather Shoes, Boots, and Other Accessories
Founder(s): Sebastian Blanco and Antonio Garcia Pastor
Product in Post: Marco/Cuero
"What?! You dyed an expensive pair of good looking shoes?! You idiot!"
Yes I know, it wasn't my first option. In fact, I was trying to "renew" the shoe and make it shine like new... Unfortunately, being a new and a novice to the whole world of leather, I fail more than I succeed.
The good news is that I bought the shoes (about three months ago) used and very cheap from Last Chance, the so-called "last" place Nordstrom products end up ( after Nordstrom Rack). Being from an outlet store, the Magnanni shoes I purchased are most likely used factory seconds.
They sure did seemed used at least: there was a lot of creasing, significant wear on the leather soles, and the straps had seen better days. Regardless, when I tried them on, they were one of the most comfortable dress shoes I have ever worn! Sold!
I should explain that these were my very first pair of quality dress shoes. My other ones were bought new for cheaper than I got the Magnanni's and some even had that dreaded huge square toe (I am ashamed)! So the first thing I wanted to do when I got home was polish and make them "brand new." And I may have been a little overzealous...
One of the reasons I was so excited to work on them is because I watched Carl Murawaski's "How to Make Cheap Boots Look Expensive" video. Watch below:
So in reality it's Carl's fault! Haha, no, just kidding, his video blogs have been very beneficial to me and I might have actually done it right if I had actually watched and listened to the whole video... He actually gives fair warning to do what he's doing in the video, I just didn't listen!
I really wanted these shoes to turn out nice and it was getting late at night, and some projects you can't quit until they are done! Realizing how bad they looked I panicked and decided to dye the shoes. The dye I used was Fiebing's Low VOC Leather Dye. At first, I thought brown would be a good way to go, but since I hadn't thought to wipe off the black polish, the shoes started to look worse! So black dye was really the only option.
I am pretty satisfied with the results, considering the complete train wreck at the beginning of the project. I certainly learned my lesson to be patient when it comes to leather work, from actually doing my own leather crafting to polishing. All in all, they are a solid pair of shoes and you cannot tell they were dyed with the naked eye. But would I do it again? Absolutely not!
The actual process of dyeing the shoes was rather easy; especially since black is probably the easiest to work worth. After they dried, I coated them with Fiebing's Tan Kote Finish to give them some protection (they need it since I am the owner) and then polished the shoes to get a nice shine (yes, I used black shoe polish). -Stylin' Asian