Enough with the scuff! We unveil secrets past down through generations on how to remove scuff marks from shoes and high heels.
We all know what Marilyn Monroe was talking about when she said, “With the right shoes, a girl can conquer the world.” But, for any stylish young lady whose found her favorite pair of world-conquering wedges the victim of an ugly scuff, the agony of a blemished pair can offset global domination with one garish mark.
However, there’s good news on the scuff front: No matter what the material, or the extent of the abrasion, a few simple tricks can get your shoes back in shape, and you back on the road, ready to walk it off.
We’re ready to come to the rescue with some material-specific tips to get the war wounds out of any shoe you should need to resuscitate. Read on and worry no more.
General Tips for your Kicks
Slight of hand: While it may be tempting to attack the blemish with vigor, we’re here to tell you– easy does it. Here are some ways to use a little TLC to do some powerful damage control.
Testing, 1, 2: Again, the urge to get your shoes back in top condition can lead you to skip a very important step– the test spot. Always try your method out (regardless of the tool or shoe used) on a small, inconspicuous area on the shoe before attacking the wound too soon. You don’t want to make things worse by taking out color or spreading the scuff. Not all shoes, even of the same fabric or leather, are created equal: Taking a test run will pay off in the end– trust us.
Expert-mentation: If you’ve got a pair of Choos you just can’t bear to lose, you may not want to risk at-home tactics, lest you be out a pair of stilettos you likely saved months for. If you don’t your repair prowess, don’t hesitate to stop by a shoe repair shop. They may give an expert opinion, or repair the scuff for you. Trust your shoe-loving instincts on this. There’s no shame in bringing another player into the game.
Get your patent leather looking better: Let’s be real, ladies: A shiny pair of “Oh, hi there!” patent leather pumps is a valuable wardrobe weapon. But, one scrape against the sidewalk or bump in the night, and your shiny shoes can look a bit abused.
Copy, paste: lf you’ve got a killer pair of bodacious black patent pumps that are now marred by a conspicuous concrete smudge, head to your dental supplies. A dab of toothpaste on an (old!) toothbrush can do wonders to get lighter-colored lesions out of darker colored peep toes.
Ready for this Jelly: Another easy-to-find item that can make marks a memory is petroleum jelly. Put a dollop on a soft rag or towel and rub against the blotch. While petroleum jelly can do the trick, it’s not an instant fix, so you may need to apply some elbow grease and spend some time on the toe box.
Get polish back with remover: On your lighter-colored leathers, a little nail polish remover can be a Godsend. Make sure you pick a non-acetone version, a place a small amount on a cotton swab. Gently rub at the scuff and wipe clean.
Fix your suede: Suede and nubuck are two materials that can make for some pretty sweet shoes. Unfortunately, both these materials can fall prey to scuff marks and blemishes, taking away from their luster. No worries! We’ll get your nubuck back to looking like a million bucks.
Get a clean start: Due to their surfaces, suede and nubuck can get downright dirty– and hold on to bits of debris thanks to their soft surfaces. Before you start your spot control, take a suede cleaning brush and get the topsoil off. Your cleaning will yield much better results.
H20-a-go-go: For some blotches, a dab of the ole “universal solvent” (water) can be all you need to delete disaster. Make sure your shoes can handle water, then, put a bit of aqua on a soft cloth, then apply it to the stain that’s a pain. You may need to let the spot dry and take a few more swipes at it.
The Case to Erase: The same school supplies you used in third grade to wipe away misspelled words can also undo the shoe blues. An eraser can be an effective wipe-out weapon for scuffs. Rub it against the blemish, and you might just say “bye, bye” to your unwanted imprint.
Lift assist: Some scuff marks make the malleable materials of suede and nubuck lay too flat; raising the unsightliness of the scuff or stain. If a good back-and-forth brush in your cleaning step didn’t do the trick, try rubbing the nap of the shoe in the opposite direction with a knife or emery board.
Wooly-bully: Treat dry strains by scrubbing with a piece of steel wool. Finish with a pass-through with your suede brush to restore the appearance of the suede.
If salt’s at fault: Winter treks in colder climates mean sloshing through street goo, which contains a lot of salt. The result? Those weird white lines that cover your suede shoes in the snowier months. You can treat these stains with a bit of vinegar mixed with water on a soft cloth.
Get your leather looking better!
We love our sparkly stilettos, our peppy peep toes, and eclectic espadrilles. But, let’s be honest; when we think of our go-to-shoes, more often than not, they’re leather. And why not? This long-standing classic of shoe materialization gives polish and class to any outfit, in an array of hues and styles definitely wide ranging, far from boxed in.
But what happens when your favorite leather “go-to” shoes get a blemish or two? Read on for some cleaning tips and tricks for how to remove scuff marks from shoes.
Time to shine: One of the easiest, most effective ways to work through leather lesions can be a bit of plain ‘ole shoe polish. Apply to the pocked patina and see if this won’t chase away your shoe blues.
Soda’s a solution: That’s right; give an at-home concoction of water and baking soda a try. To remove scuffs from leather, dip a cloth in water, then baking soda, apply to the spot, and finish with a bit more water. Allow to dry, and repeat if necessary.
Let it Dawn on you: A bit of dish soap can be a potent weapon against leather lacerations. Mix equal parts water and your favorite sink suds-er and rub on the effected spot, finishing with a wipe of plain water to remove any residue.
Congrats! You’ve ‘Scuff-uated!’
Thanks for sticking by and brushing up with our blemish blasting shoe school. We hope we’ve given you some hints you can put to good use. Just remember, when your shoes get a bit spotty, you’re not cursed! No matter your material, there’s a cure, for sure!