Shoe - Color Repair / Patina

A few weeks ago, a gentleman came to visit me with a pair of fine leather shoes he'd bought in Italy.  The shoes were fine, but he accidentally dropped an ink on his left shoe & by trying to remove the stain, a grievous mistake was made.  He came to us as a last resort.  This is what happened in his own words. 


""There was a shoe shop that didn’t really make an attempt to fix the original stain. Then my mom tried using a little bit of soap and water and that didn’t work. A few compounded errors but it is what it is."

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By trying to remove the stain, it also removed the top grain portion of the leather.  It looked quite severe so I immediately applied some leather soap & creme. 

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As expected, Soap & Creme helped, but it completely lost the shine & what is "Leather" especially shoes without the shine?  It is like a Meatball Spaghetti without the Meatball...  

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I believe I have done at least 6 sessions of applying the combination of Leather Soap, Creme, and Oil... then tanning under the natural Sun.

Then, finally, I saw the pair coming to life after staying 3 weeks in our Studio.  Below are the final results. 

 Left shoe restored...

Left shoe restored...

 & received some fine Patina during the process

& received some fine Patina during the process

 left shoe. 

left shoe. 

Overall, it was a fun & learning experience.  If you have a stain or any issue, please consult with the professional before causing a further damage. 

Thanks for reading! 
- Chris -