I think repainting would be your best option too. It’s never gonna feel the same due to the shoe polish anyways. At least with the paint it won’t be a total loss & you can still use it! fingers crossed it turns out ok!Thanks - I might go with the cobbler's suggestion of repainting rather than dye then since I have no choice but to remove the top dubbin layer on mine at least no polish rubbing off on clothes and hands!
I miss her too!