The Shoe Snob Blog

January 21, 2013

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The Burnished Toe

Shoes by Edward Green…

I remember when the darker toes of dress shoes was quickly becoming all of the rage. Every single Italian maker was doing it and it was almost as if you couldn’t find a shoe that did not have a burnish on it, at least in the States. Like most things, it seemed to be a fad, one that would pass as time went on, yet to this day, while not as prevalent, I still see it and have many shine customers asking for a bit of toe darkening. While I used to love it, it’s now hard to understand how I feel about it i.e. deciding on whether it will make a shoe nicer looking or ruin it’s beauty? It’s a tough thing to understand without actually doing it, but I can’t lie about the fact that it adds a nice element to the shoe that would obviously not be there without it. Thinking about it now, I also think that the nicety of it and complementing factors will depend on the color of the leather…

As a burnish is dark, I feel that it looks better on something that allows it to blend naturally. Like on this shoe, it transitions quite nicely, from a lighter vamp, to a medium shade on bottom of the toe cap, to the tip getting much darker. But on a tan shoe, that burnish is not as gradual. It will go from tan, to dark and if not done properly can look quite harsh…..

One thing you will find is that on abnormal colored shoes, such as green and blue a dark burnished toe will help make the color more subtle for those that are weary to be so bold.

Here’s to burnishing!