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*help* I messed up my shoes!

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I have a pair of alden shoes that I have managed to remove the finish from. It all started when I tried a new leather conditioner, and the shoes water spotted. In trying to clean the water spots, I used a new cleaner, which removed that portion of the finish. Using Saphir, turned it all dark in that one spot... so I got out the saddle soap and soaped down the whole shoe until they were raw leather. let them dry, applied saphir, many layers until they would finally take shine... well.. now they look blotchy and one of the top caps is an entirely different color than the other..... is there any saving these?
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cokewithvanilla, I get it, the toe cap difference would bother me too. I have a few pairs with similar discrepancies and I like to think of them as having "character"; otherwise I'd strip them down with renomat, polish, strip them again when they looked funny, polish and strip again, and ultimately destroy them trying to get them to look just right.

The other folks are spot on (no pun intended); just wear your boots and enjoy, they will develop more character over time. I wore a pair of Brooks Brothers tweed boots out to breakfast a few months ago and someone spilled coffee all over them. Stuff happens, they're just shoes.

Hope that helps!
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