polishing shoes with contrast stitching

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gza, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. gza

    gza Senior member

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    So I won and received the following shoes:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN%3AIT&rd=1

    Are there any special concerns in polishing shoes with contrast stitching such as these? Is it correct that a colored polish will color the stitching as well as the leather?
     


  2. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    So I won and received the following shoes:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN%3AIT&rd=1

    Are there any special concerns in polishing shoes with contrast stitching such as these? Is it correct that a colored polish will color the stitching as well as the leather?


    Frankly I don't know how to avoid it but yes, wax will discolour the stitching.
     


  3. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Try using neutral shoe cream most of the time. That will keep the leather supple and won't discolor the laces. If you need colored polish to cover scuffs, just be very careful.
     


  4. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    The tan polish you will want to use with those won't affect the stitching very much. If it does get on there and looks like it is going to change the color significantly, you can quickly go over it with rubbing alcohol, vodka or neutral polish to remove it.
     


  5. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    I'm also in the "neutral to remove it" camp. Use the right colour polish (tan in this case) and then use neutral to take off any polish that's bled onto the stiching if you're feeling obsessive. I sometimes bother, sometimes not depending on mood. I don't think a little discolouring on contrast stitching ruins the look.
     


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