In order to create the effect of antiquing, you must apply a darker polish to the areas indicated above than the natural color of the leather. For example, if the shoes are a tan or light brown color use a medium or dark brown polish to create the antique effect.
If you have dark brown or burgundy shoes use black to create the antique effect. Don’t worry about using black polish on dark brown shoes. The dyes in shoe polish are relatively weak, and will only add a slight, translucent, darkening effect. Avoid putting on thick coats of paste polish however (even on shoes that you don’t antique).
Black shoe can be antiqued, but require lightening areas like the top of the shoe cap, the quarters, and the facing (basically the opposite areas than when antiquing brown shoes, as you are creating the opposite effect). Use Saphir’s Dark Blue and Bordeaux polishes for this effect.
A well-polished shoe should never have more than 6 to 8 coats of polish max.
Antiquing is just polishing a shoe using darker (or lighter, in the case of black) colors to create some aged character to the shoes.
You can also try different shades of different colors for blending effects if you like. It’s fun to play with, and if you don’t like the results just strip of the polish and start over.