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  Q: When colour can leather shoes be dyed

 
 

A: updated (01/03/2012)

Virtually any colour you can imagine; however, leather tends to be dyed in the following colours.

  • Beige
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Cream
  • Green
  • Grey
  • Navy
  • Red
  • White

As leather ages the dye tends to fade, crack, crease and generally deteroate. It is possible to buy a concentrated dye which can be applied to leather to combat discolouring. The issue is finding a dye which is an exact match to the colour of the leather. Leather restoration can be a problematic procedure for shoes; which often leads to mixed results. One issue is discovering how the leather was orginally dyed; is it a top coat leather, an aniline leather, a semi-aniline leather, pigmented leather, or a bycast leather; to name but a few. Good quality leather dyes and restoration kits are fairly expensive: it may be best to buy a new pair of shoes instead.

 
 

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