If you have some leather boots or loafers that need to be spiffed up, we’ve got you covered. FN did some research and curated a list of dyes to cover up scuffs and scratches. Good shoe dyes should penetrate deeply and dry in a timely manner without cracking, peeling or rubbing off. Each of our picks is formulated to ensure any pair of leather shoes looks like new again. They also come in a wide range of colors, 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 won’t streak or rub off.
Pros: The 3-ounce bottle comes with a cotton applicator. It’s available in a large variety of colors including blue, green, red, purple and turquoise.
Cons: It may not contain enough formula to restore a pair of taller boots.
2. Fiebing's Leather Dye
This alcohol-based leather dye creates a clean, smooth sheen and is designed to dry seamlessly.
Pros: Each 4-ounce bottle includes a wool dauber for convenient application and can cover at least one tall pair of boots. It also comes in plenty of colors to choose from. It can be easily mixed to create unique middle tones.
Cons: It runs a tad dark.
3. Griffin Leather Dye
This lightweight formula is designed for clean and consistent application.
Pros: An attached sponge makes for a simple, clean and fast application process.
Cons: This one is only offered in black and brown.