I would like to restore the soft black look to the sides, the bottoms are okay. I tried several oils, but these did not help very much.
By cybergrannie from FL
I have used black permanent marker, and since the shoes were black, used black shoe polish on the shoes and over the permanent marker. So, marker and polish. Works just great. I hope your shoes aren't a light color, or fabric. You would need a steady hand in that case.