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These Leather Shoe Dyes Will Extend the Life of Your Favorite Shoes

If you have leather boots or loafers that could use some spiffing up, consider investing in a leather shoe dye.  Good ones should apply evenly, penetrate deeply and dry in a timely manner without cracking, peeling or rubbing off.

To help guide your search, we did some digging and curated a list of dyes to cover up scuffs and scratches. In addition to helping restore hides to their full glory, these options from top shoe care brands come in a wide range of colors to suit your entire collection — from classic shades like black and brown to bolder hues like red and purple.

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1. Angelus Leather Dye

This liquid leather dye is strongly pigmented, delivering lasting color that shouldn’t streak or rub off.

Key Features: The 3-ounce bottle comes with a cotton applicator. Available in tons of great shades including orange, blue and red.

Take Note: May not contain enough formula to restore a pair of taller boots.

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2. Fiebing's Leather Dye

This alcohol-based leather dye creates a clean, smooth sheen and is designed to dry seamlessly.

Key Features: Includes a wool dauber for convenient application and can cover at least one tall pair of boots. Offered in various colors.

Take Note: Runs a tad dark.

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3. Griffin Leather Dye

This lightweight formula is made to be thin and watery to ensure the leather absorbs it completely.

Key Features: The 2.5-ounce bottle is travel-friendly. A sponge applicator makes the formula easy to apply and reduces messes.

Take Note: Only offered in black and brown.

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4. Kiwi Black Leather Dye

The formula is water-resistant, so it should stay put if you get caught in light rain or step in a puddle.

Key Features: You get three 2.5-ounce bottles with each purchase. Controlled flow applicator helps you apply just the right amount.

Take Note: Only comes in black.

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