Originally Posted by Man Of Lint Applying polish or leather conditioner very sparingly to begin with will minimize this concern to the point where a good brushing is all they will need.
I am in the process of restoring an old pair of captoe brogues and am using an appropriately sized drill bit to very carefully give each hole a crisp edge. I do not recommend this to anyone else but it does work by very gently twisting the bit between your fingers maybe 2 or 3 rotations does the job. Do this one at your own peril
Your advice is good.
But now that the polish has already dried in the punched brogue holes, what can I do to remove the old polish from the holes and replace it with something more natural (like the photo)?
And what can I do with restoring the darker color of the original stitching?
All my best,