I have a pair of Clarks tan boots which is 5 or 6 years old. I was going to retire them this year because they begin to look tired and also I was not sure if they look dated or not.
However having a complete bust with my hunt for sleek tall boots I begin to reconsider this decision. Clark boots fit me perfectly - both in the ankle and in the calf. They are also comfortable. The leather is very soft and nice to the touch and they are leather lined inside (in a pale blue color - how cool is that?) This is good news. The bad news are that they look quite rugged now. They had distressed finish from the beginning but it darkened now with polishing and they look quite beat up. I also not sure if this heel and toe look dated.
So here is the question: can I still wear them without committing a fashion crime? If they look dated it is no go. However if they are not then what to do about the finish? Do they look intentionally rugged and cool or just beat up and old? Maybe I can dye them another color? Can distressed finish be dyed?

Please help me to make a decision! If you think they should be dyed which color is best for this style?

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