The brown and cognac patina is one of our more popular reverse patinas. The gradient of this special patinas extends from a darker brown to a cognac with hints of orange, yellow and mahogany.
Our iconic Decon Chelsea Boot is an excellent example since the elongated toe box and vamp are the perfect canvas to highlight the beauty of this patina:
Like all of our reverse patinas, the lighter color peeks out at the toe box, facings, and heel. These are areas where the light often hits and reflects off the shoe.
Playing with light helps to highlight the shape of our shoes and also add depth to some of the details like brogues, seam lines and curvature of our designs. You can see an example of this in our Brossa Derby Boot below.
For maintenance of our brown and cognac patina, we recommend using light brown or neutral Saphir cream on the lighter cognac areas. These are the areas at the toe box, on the facings (where the light peeks out at the lacing), and on the heel.
For the darker parts of the patina along the main part of the vamp, shaft and lower parts of the facings, we recommend using a dark brown Saphir shoe cream.
For the glacage (mirror shine), we recommend using either a yellow, cognac, or neutral Saphir wax.
To better understand our method of applying the shoe creams and wax to maintain your shoes, please read our Shoe Polishing Guide.