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Polishing Shoes W/ Contrast Stitching

Style Pontifex

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Ok, I realize J&M products are besmirched here. Don't care. My question is about polishing this type of shoe, where the shoe has contrast stitching. I've actually shied away from buying this style because I fear polishing them will be a huge pain in the ass (for fear of accidentally smearing polish on the stitching or taking three hours to ensure a good polish while safeguarding the stitching's coloration). Thoughts? http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/produc...5529&VID=55529
 

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You could use neutral polish or cream and hope it doesn't discolor the stitching. Or else just give up on the idea of maintaining the contrast.
 

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The neutral polish is a good idea, actually...and scuffs might not look as bad on this type of shoe. I'm of the mind that this shoe without the contrast stitching isn't particularly pleasing to the eye.

I was wondering whether there might be some sort of, dare I say, "polishing tape" that allows you to cover up the stitching during polishing.
 

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Originally Posted by Style Pontifex
The neutral polish is a good idea, actually...and scuffs might not look as bad on this type of shoe. I'm of the mind that this shoe without the contrast stitching isn't particularly pleasing to the eye.

I was wondering whether there might be some sort of, dare I say, "polishing tape" that allows you to cover up the stitching during polishing.


Would be kind of fussy, and I'd imagine that there would be some area of leather between the polished region and the stitching that would look odd. Still, you could probably find some narrow masking tape if you were so inclined to give it a shot.
 

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I picked this up when I got my Red Wing GTs in cherry that hvae contrast stitching. You put some warm waterproofing wax on the stitching (beeswax, or nixwax or the like) and then do the best you can to polish around the stitching, you can use neutral over that part if you want. That said, the GTs have less stitching to worry about, and you can polish the whole toe. That looks like a fussier job.
 

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