Patina is the art-form of applying dyes to leather to transform, reinvigorate and repurpose shoes and accessories. Our process is fully bespoke and permanent. The effects we create are achieved by stripping down the leather to its base, removing the previous layers of creams and waxes, thus exposing the pores of the leather to our dyes. We then build layer upon layer of colour to blend the new finish into a natural look. Finally, we treat the leather to a thorough nourishing and a cap shine to show off the new finish at its best.
Examples and inspiration
Browse our collection of finishes below. If you see something you like, use the reference in your discussions with us. Remember that the below are only a starting point for your own personalised patina; you can pick pattern from one image, but the colours from another. It’s all up to you.
And we don’t only patina shoes…
Once you’ve decided to move ahead with the service, we open up a discussion around what the shoes are starting out as and where you’d like to end up. Once we’ve defined the finish you would like, we take the shoes away for a few weeks, and return them coloured and polished.
Shoe patina – £145
Boot patina – £165
Watch straps – £40
Belts – £80
Bags and accessories – POA
These prices cover the vast majority of our work, though for finishes involving three or more colours, or particularly complex effects, we will offer a price on request. N.B. The original colour of the shoes will impact what we are able to achieve. For this reason, we very rarely accept patina requests on black shoes, and depending on the leather, we may not be able to accept your commission. Patent and bookbinder finishes being examples of leathers, which we are unable to recolour. To learn more or to get the process started, please do get in touch…
All of our shoe patinas come with a pair of Jaunty Flaneur brushed cotton shoe bags to help protect the new finish, but should you wish to upgrade your bundle, we have some additions, which you may like:
Luxury shoe bags – £45
Shoe care bundle for new colour – £40
Resole and patina together – £220
Matched belt patina – £80
Of course, we have an extensive range of accessories and shoe care products, so please do contact us about what you would like and we are sure to be able to help.
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ARTHUR SLEEP Collaboration
Seeking to offer a bespoke patina service, we have partnered with UK slipper purveyors, Arthur Sleep. One can now order a pair of their slippers in an unfinished calf leather, and define one's patina with a world of possibilities. Have a look HERE for more information.