^ Probably best to return the shoes. I don't believe I caught this while following this thread for the past few months, but how does one clean/condition/polish the punched holes on a shoe? Any tips regarding this? I've got a pair of dry-ish shell longwings that I'd like to condition before putting them on. I tried a small horsehair dauber to tackle the job and it didn't work too well. It just used more Renovateur than I'd like to waste.