When your leather footwear gets scratched you need to find a way to cover or remove the marks. This guide is about removing scuff marks on leather shoes.
How do I remove or cover a scuff on white leather shoes?
By Jeanette from Akron, OH
Use white shoe polish, providing you can find it. What I used when I was young worked really good.
Try a Magic Eraser (or generic equivalent) to gently erase the scuff marks. Makes shoes look new!
Dip a q-tip in nail polish remover. Rub it over the scuff mark lightly until it disappears. This worked for me.
I have new line dance white boots, wore them yesterday and they had black scuff marks on them from the soles. I rubbed them with the nail polish but it took the white off and back to the leather. Must be inferior white coating but expensive boots so I'm upset. Next time I'll try the magic eraser. However, I have old white boots that were marked and the nail polish cleaned them beautifully. Don't know what to do with my new white boots, I've dabbed the parts where the whole white colour has gone with a little white shoe paint, not ideal but it will have to do.
When I was a small child, I remember my mother raiding my crayon box to color in nicks and scuff marks on her brightly colored high heels. Well, these days it may be colored leather tennis shoes, a leather vest or fancy cowboy boots, but the idea still works. (Especially if you have a box of 64 colors!)
How do you remove scuff marks on orange shoes and yellow high heels?
IF they are NOT a cloth or suede you could try a pencil eraser and if that doesn't work try a Mr Clean Magic Eraser (or the generic equivalent). Rub very lightly with the damp eraser though, because it can remove the color as well.
Nail polish remover on a cotton ball.
Try Dawn dish detergent. It got off ink marks on my leather purse.
How do you get scuff marks off leather boots?
Janelle from Oxford, Alabama
I just get the paste shoe polish at target. It's in the shoe section
I've had success using an ink eraser (not a pencil eraser) for small scuffs on my leather shoes. Use a light touch, don't rub too hard.
You could use the leather re-colouirng balm to restore the colour and hide the scuff marks. This product is available here - http://www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/Leather_Recolouring_Balm.htm
By MvT from St. Paul, MN
I would try black shoe polish. Just a dab and a buff. You know, the waxy kind in the little round can.
You could try using an indelible pen, like a Sharpie.
Here is a great way to cover up those scuff marks on a pair of shoes that you still love! Cover the scuffs with a "Sharpie" or any permanent marker in a shade that matches. This will make your shoes look like new again - and is much cheaper than buying another pair (especially if they still have a lot of wear left).
By Carol from Landisville, PA
Editor's Note: If you have leather shoes that are brown or black, keep some shoe polish on hand for those colors. It works well on scuff marks. The tip above can be really helpful for shoes that are a color other than black or brown, or for shoes that are not made of leather.
What is the best way to clean black scuff marks off red shoes? Shoe polish isn't working.
Ellen from Tucson, AZ
Removing the scuffs depends on what the shoes are made from! I was always getting black scuffs on my white nursing shoes and the only thing that worked was scrubbing with a soft scrub product. A few weeks ago I was searching the Web for ways to prevent scuffs and I found a product called SKUFF. I ordered the gloss finish and it was easy to apply to my shoes after cleaning with the enclosed towelettes. It's been two weeks now and the couple of tiny scuffs that showed on the shoes were easy to just wipe off with a wet rag. The shoes are still a beautiful white!