I finally found the perfect summer sandals...in August. Which totally works for Texas. They're black, and strappy with a slight but comfortable heel...I always like a little heel in my sandals. I wear them almost daily. So when I saw them in a tan color on clearance I jumped at the chance to buy a second pair for super cheap. However when I saw them in person I wasn't in love with the tan color. So I googled dying leather and lo and behold came up with a great recommendation: Tarrago leather dye. People raved about the results and the pictures seemed to speak for themselves. Besides it's Italian so you know it's got to be good. I decided to give it a go. I ordered the dye from this company--best color choices and cheapest shipping. It seems a little silly to call this a DIY because I bought a kit and followed the directions...but I still thought others might be interested for those shoes or that purse with the shape you love, but the color you hate. And besides, I did it myself...DIY.
Before: Here are the original color of the shoes. It says you can even go from a dark color to a lighter color...but some people seemed to think the color wasn't as authentic. I chose a metallic called "platinum" and I was skeptical as to how well it would cover over the tan.
The dye kit: It's a small bottle, but I still used so little. Even people dying purses say they only used half the bottle...so don't worry about the size.
It's also supposed to come with a prep. solution but mine was shattered during shipping. I called and they sent a new one ASAP, but the guy also said if I didn't want to wait I could just use nail polish remover. The preparer is to remove dirt and other leather polishers...I wasn't too worried about my shoes so I went ahead with the nail polish remover. I just wiped the shoes clean using the remover and some cotton pads.
Next I stated sponging on the dye. You can use the brush, but that was more for the details like around the buckle, the sponge gave a nice even coverage. As you can see the leather takes the dye really well.
After one coat: Covered but you can obviously see sponge strokes and brush marks.
After a couple coats and some touching up, voila! They're completely covered and you would never guess I dyed these at home! I love the results. However...I'm not crazy about the color. They feel a little middle-aged-woman-shopping-at-Chicos. But the results are great and I can just order another color and try again right!
I seriously can't wait to dig through my closet and look for more shoes and even purses to dye.
Yay for dying leather!
*Please note that there is separate dye for suede.