Dyeing Your Leather Shoes

American Duchess offers many styles of dyeable and paintable leather shoes, which you can easily customize using the Angelus products now available in the Accessories section.

Leather Dye differs from Leather Paint in that it pentrates the surface of the leather to stain it permanently, creating a rich colored surface while maintaining the surface properties of the leather. Dyed shoes can be cared for like any other leather product, with shoe wax and lustre cream. 

*Leather Dyes should be applied over light colored leathers only. For opaque coverage over any color leather, try our selection of Angelus Acrylic Leather Paints.


The following items are needed for this method:

Angelus Leather Preparer & Deglazer - This product is essential in stripping the factory finish from your shoes before you apply your paint or dye. Angelus Leather Preparer & Deglazer is specifically designed for this purpose. International customers - we cannot ship this item outside the United States, so as an alternative, we recommend using any solvent for the same purpose, such as acetone nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, or turpentine.

Angelus Leather Dye - These dyes are specifically formulated to stain leather permanently, while conditioning it, to create a deep and highly pigmented finish. Dyes come in 3 oz. bottles, in a variety of popular colors.

Angelus Shoe Wax Polish - Keep your dyed shoes looking spiffy, and water-resistant, by polishing them regularly. We offer several colored shoe waxes, as well as neutral, which will work over any color dye.


Angelus Lustre Cream - Hydrate and condition your dyed leather shoes with lustre cream. Neutral will work over any color, and can be pigmented with the same dye, to create a matching color lustre cream to easily repair scuffs.

Wool Daubers (Optional) - Excellent for applying leather dye.


Begin by rubbing your shoes with the Leather Preparer & Deglazer to remove the factory finish. Be thorough with this step. Allow a few minutes to dry.

Dampen the leather using a spray bottle filled with water. Do not oversaturate, but make sure the leather is evenly damp.

Dye your leather by evenly applying the dye using a wool dauber, or a soft cloth. Apply thin coats and build up the color evenly.

Allow your shoes to dry for several hours. Apply a second coat of dye if necessary.

*Note - In the case of over-saturation, you may see a bronzing effect on your shoes. Easily remove this metallic look by wiping down the leather with a cotton ball or soft rag soaked in rubbing alcohol.

Once your shoes are completely dry, polish with Angelus Shoe Wax Polish, buffing with a soft cloth to achieve that perfect shine. Repeat this step whenever your shoes need a pick-me-up.


We do not recommend mixing Angelus Leather Dyes.

For the richest color, Angelus Leather Dyes should be applied over natural or light colored leathers.

Angelus Leather Dyes are intended for smooth leathers only, and are not recommended for suede, nappy leathers, or man-made materials. 

About Us

American Duchess is a small, historical, reproduction footwear company based in Reno, Nevada, USA. It was born from one costumer's inability to find elegant, affordable, comfortable and historically accurate footwear. Partnering with a community of hundreds of frustrated costumers around the world, we now manufacture a growing line of beautifully hand crafted Renaissance, 18th Century, Regency, Edwardian and Victorian shoes as well as reproduction shoe buckles and silk stockings.

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920 Matley Ln, Suite 2,
Reno, NV 89502-2160, USA