Did you know that you could dye leather? Clearly I like the idea of giving apparel a second life with dye, and as I was doing some spring cleaning last week, I realized I might be able to do something similar with shoes. See, I had this very sad looking pair of yellow boots (yes, I wore a pair of yellow boots to shreds), but I could never bear to get rid of them. They were just so comfy and the little heel is the perfect height to wear walking around the city all day.
I'm not even sure the photo does justice to how stained and beaten up they were. I tried cleaning and polishing, but I just couldn't get them looking presentable.
This is where the dye comes in: I figured if I couldn't get the stains off, maybe I could cover them up! After a lot of Googling about dying leather, this seemed like a simple project I could tackle myself. However, they also needed to be re-soled. I figured I would take them to the cobbler to get them fixed up while I waited for the dye to arrive in the mail. When I took them in, I saw a sign that they dye leather. So, it was settled, for just $30, I basically got a new pair of shoes!
They're much darker than I had envisioned, because the cobbler said that dark brown or black was all that would cover up the stains. I think they'll be great to throw on in the winter! Of course, I was so excited about them, I threw them on today (see below)
Moral of the story is, if you have something you love, don't give up on it! I also had two other shoes fixed up at the cobbler(new heels and a new sole). Clearly, I can't let go of a good pair of shoes.