How to Make Brown Shoes Black

By Charong Chow

If you don't have the time or money to buy a second pair of shoes, you can change your brown shoes into black ones. Black leather shoe polish is a temporary fix if the shoes are leather. It darkens the sheen of the brown, and afterwards you can rub the polish off. Leather dye is a permanent change, and it should be used in conjunction with shoe polish to produce the best results.

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Black shoe polish can temporarily change your brown shoes black.

Step 1

Clean shoes properly with leather cleaner or shoe brush.

Step 2

Apply black leather dye to your brown shoes with applicator. After it dries, apply a second coat of dye.

Step 3

Polish shoes with black shoe polish with a sponge or rag and apply a second coat when the first dries.