How do I get this stain out?

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    Don't know where else to put this, so here goes.

    I just bought a pair of EXPENSIVE brown leather clogs. I was so happy to finally find some that were comfortable and didn't look like Minnie Mouse shoes. The only problem was that they squeaked LOUDLY. Wearing them around the house all day didn't help.

    So I went online and found all sorts of suggestions for home remedies, and decided to try the one that seemed the least apt to do any damage to the shoes, which was smearing Vaseline petroleum jelly on the inside of the shoe where the seams meet the soles. Well guess what...the GD stuff bled up through to the top of the clogs!!! And there it remains, in plain sight like huge blobs of motor oil has been spilled on the shoes. AARGH!!

    Of course now I can't find any answer online as to how to REMOVE stains left by Vaseline on leather. I did find one that wasn't too encouraging: Just hope that it eventually dissipates.

    So unless anyone has any suggestions (that won't result in complete destruction of the clogs), I sure would appreciate them. Otherwise, I'm off tomorrow to find someone in that ancient profession of shoe repair to see if they have a fix. I may wind up having them dyed black, which isn't a preferred option.

    Thanks, Maggie
     
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    You missed the two dozen threads against using any petroleum products. Re: the stain I think you're out of luck.
     
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    Sigh...
     
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    Take advantage of the crisis, sue BP and get a new pair of clogs..
     
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    Well... I can top that. Last night my wife bought a very expensive special floor lamp designed for sewing, quilting and the like. I was unloading the car after we got home and I dropped the damned thing and of course it suddenly became a jig saw puzzle. So, tomorrow we will go back to Rockford and buy another one. So I'm told... Along with lots of other things.:eek:
     
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    Smear Vaseline over the rest of the shoe.
     
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    That might be a good idea. It would discolor the shoes to match the stain.
    Where's "hints from Heloise" when you need it?
     
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    Wow I can't believe she's still alive LOL.

    Heloise
     
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    I've spent years conditioning boots and saddles.

    Rough-out (aka, "suede") on saddles stains, as your clogs did. I would either find a suede conditioner or oil the rest of the shoe as hjmick suggested. It will darken and change the texture of the leather, but I don't think it will damage the leather.

    Though I don't use petroleum products on leather.

    What you should have done with your squeaky shoes is to put them on and completely soak them in water, then wear them until they're dry.

    You should still do that. It should reduce the creakiness, and it will mold the shoe to your foot. It's the way I break in cowboy boots. I used to get them in the summer, then I'd pull them on (without socks, mind you) fill each boot with water or wade in the river, then wear them all day around the place. Beautiful.
     
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    You should have just sent them back in the first place.
     

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