People often ask what they can do to repair scuffed shoes. Another common question is how to fix marks caused by salt used on pavements in winter time. The great news is that these shoes are not beyond repair.
Footwear can take some time to wear in and form to your feet, so it’s always worth trying to repair your favourite shoes. You’ll save money, and get to hold on to that much-loved pair.
This pair of leather trainers had gone from pristine, to relaxed and artfully shabby, and were now just looking tired. Famaco Shoe Dye can spruce up the uppers, bringing them back to their gleaming white selves. It can even cover dark crease marks and hide scuffs.
Famaco Dye Cream comes in 15ml pots, which are enough to apply three coats to a pair of women’s shoes, and still have some left for touch-ups. The consistency is something in between a shoe cream and a paint. You can apply this product with a lint-free cloth, a brush, or even kitchen roll.
Remove the laces, put them in a delicates bag, and on a cool machine wash (or buy new ones).
Wipe the shoes with diluted washing up liquid to remove grease and general dirt. Let them dry completely.
Step 3. (optional)
If you want to keep the soles completely free of the Dye Cream, you can apply masking tape around the soles where they meet the uppers.
Apply one coat of the Famaco Dye Cream quite liberally, working it into the creases and scuffs. Wipe off any excess to create a smooth finish and avoid lumps.
If your shoes or boots have a tongue, it might be easier to apply the product to this section separately, and leave it to dry before coating the rest of the upper. This would help to avoid getting the Dye Cream on the linings.
Leave to dry for an hour or more.
If you’re happy with the finish, then stop there. Otherwise, apply a further one or two coats, allowing time to dry in between.
After three coats, the trainers were now back to their bright white selves. Once the dye cream has sunk in and dried, put the laces back in.
Footwear treated with Famaco Dye Cream can remain slightly tacky in texture, similar to the feel of patent leather.
Famaco Dye Cream can also be used to change the colour of footwear. It is generally recommended to opt for a similar coloured Dye Cream to the original leather colour. The original colour will start to show through any cracks as the product is worn.
The photos in this example show an extreme colour change. This can also be achieved, but will need regular maintenance to keep the colour topped up in areas of wear.
This pair of light grey shoes had been worn so much that the base colour of the leather skin was starting to show through the original grey finish.
Famaco Dye Cream comes in an excellent selection to recolour shoes. Pink Lady Praline was used on these lace-ups.
Follow the same steps as for covering scuffs. Three coats should be sufficient.
There’s something extremely satisfying about making new shoes out of a tired old pair.
Susannah Davda a.k.a. The Shoe Consultant helps companies to create commercial products which fit their brand values. Susannah’s industry knowledge and experience allows her to provide expert guidance when assisting with the creation of comfortable and aesthetically stunning products.
Published 9th August 2016