Originally Posted by Mexicorn
How do you guys polish docs without staining the yellow stitching on the welt?
I have to admit I'm a complete beginner when it comes to polishing shoes, but all shoe polishing instructions I have read involve polishing everywhere with emphasis on all seams. Do you just try and be very careful to avoid the welt?
Also on that note, has anyone tried purposefully polishing over the signature yellow stitching to "town-down" the contrast on, say, the black 1461s? Would this be possible, or would it just make the stitching look dirty?
Also, do you use shoe-trees on your docs? I'm wondering if it's as necessary with the PVC sole.
As a side note, I just purchased the 1461 "for life" Docs in black and will let you folks know as to their quality when they come in.
I polished over my cherry reds, my black, my navy and my orange boots growing up and don't ever remember getting any staining on the stitching. I am not neat or careful by any stretch either. I was slathering my dads black polish on those things. taking masking tape to the sides would prevent it though.
The soles will curl up slightly with wear but I find that it adds character. They will wear down before they curl much however. My longest worn pair have virtually no tread bumps left with about 4 or 5 years of wear on them as a teenager. They aren't curled at the sole hardly at all. The top of the boot just below the laces is pronouncedly worn and curled. I suppose a show tree might have prevented that. The whole beauty of doc's to me though is the wearing in. Nothing greater then a tread bare pair of doc beat to shit.