Removing Scuff Mark on Leather Shoes

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.
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April 24, 2008 Flag

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!)

First heat the area with a blow dryer, that way the color of the crayon actually melts into the leather. Finish by buffing with a soft cloth or soft paper towel.

By Cyinda from Seattle

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May 16, 2006 Flag

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.

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April 7, 2011 Flag

How do I remove or cover a scuff on white leather shoes?

By Jeanette from Akron, OH

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April 7, 20110 found this helpful

Use white shoe polish, providing you can find it. What I used when I was young worked really good.

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April 8, 20110 found this helpful

Try a Magic Eraser (or generic equivalent) to gently erase the scuff marks. Makes shoes look new!

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April 9, 20110 found this helpful

Dip a q-tip in nail polish remover. Rub it over the scuff mark lightly until it disappears. This worked for me.

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February 4, 20130 found this helpful

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.

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December 9, 20160 found this helpful

In the future, only use non acetone nail Polish. Acetone will damage and discolor leather. Sorry about your experience.

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August 26, 2011 Flag

How do you remove scuff marks on orange shoes and yellow high heels?

By Lillian

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August 26, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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August 29, 20110 found this helpful

Nail polish remover on a cotton ball.

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August 29, 20110 found this helpful

Try Dawn dish detergent. It got off ink marks on my leather purse.

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November 26, 2007 Flag

How do you get scuff marks off leather boots?

Janelle from Oxford, Alabama

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December 1, 20070 found this helpful

I just get the paste shoe polish at target. It's in the shoe section

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December 1, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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December 3, 20070 found this helpful

Hi,

You could use the leather re-colouirng balm to restore the colour and hide the scuff marks. This product is available here - http://www.furn  louring_Balm.htm

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January 25, 2010 Flag

I got this scuff mark on my black leather Jordan's. I'm wondering if I should use Mr. Clean or nail polish remover on it? Please help.

By MvT from St. Paul, MN

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January 28, 20100 found this helpful

I would try black shoe polish. Just a dab and a buff. You know, the waxy kind in the little round can.

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January 30, 20100 found this helpful

You could try using an indelible pen, like a Sharpie.

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January 5, 2006 Flag

What is the best way to clean black scuff marks off red shoes? Shoe polish isn't working.

Ellen from Tucson, AZ

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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

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!

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