I have a pair of new shoes with rubber non-skid soles. Bought them onsale, price on bottom of sole in permanent black marker. Have tried alcohol, both rubbing and denatured, Dawn, little pad soaked in oxy-clean, fingernail polish remover, etc. Problem is, I sit with my leg crossed lots of time when wearing casual clothes and shoes such as this, don't want the price "glaring". LOL.
The only thing I have found to take out permanent marker is a product called "oops!". I don't know if it can be used on rubber or not. If not, you could just take a black permanent marker and draw a big circle or square over the price - or make a stripe all the way across the bottom - who knows- maybe folks will think it's a fancy new shoe marking!! Good Luck!
Have you tried an eraser or even Mr Clean Magic Eraser?
You'd be amazed what you can rub off with a regular white or pink eraser.
You could also call that store and tell them what a stupid practice it is to mark their prices that way!
Try using the finest grade sandpaper and rub very gently.
By Jill (Guest Post) 01/31/2005 Flag
It should come off with "goof off", similar to "oops". It does remove magic marker from most anything.
By jmouse13 (Guest Post) 02/01/2005 Flag
If you can'y get the price removed then take some markers and color the soles in different colors. Make bugs, butterflys, flowers or ect. Get creative. Joy @ www.aloetherapy.com
Hi, Thank you for all the feedback. I tried a paste of oxiclean, rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol, tilex, Undo, ammonia, finally propped the one shoe with just that particular sole area into the lid( using it like a saucer) from the oxyclean container and poured full strength Clorox into it allowing the rubber to sit and sit and sit...LOL. No luck, so...it was lighter though! All the above tries were not combined, they were separate efforts. Anyway it did after overnight in the clorox get lighter.very faint, so I took some tan paste shoe polish and applied it and buffed it out! Didn't like the results.so put them in a donate box. It was my first purchase at that store after reading they have great sales, it will be my last. I will stick with Dillards, Parisian and SOF from now on! Carol ( P.S> tried rubbing with steel wool, and also used coarse large fingernail file. This marker had penetrated the rubber so deeply it was not a surface problem). P.S. Store was TJ Maxx
By matt (Guest Post) 03/17/2006 Flag
WD-40 works. you know the stuff you use to lubricate engine parts? yeah. that stuff is great for getting off permanent marker
By kenny jae (Guest Post) 11/10/2006 Flag
are these products..["oops"] available in australia?
By Amy (Guest Post) 10/09/2007 Flag
OMG...I used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on my rubber soles and voila! Awesome! Thx!
By laura limon (Guest Post) 11/06/2007 Flag
I tried sandpaper on the soles, and voila! it worked! Thanks!
By :] (Guest Post) 08/27/2008 Flag
The same thing happened to me today, so I bought a new pair. Thanks, I now know how to get it off.
By Paula (Guest Post) 09/03/2008 Flag
Take the shoes back to TJ MaXX. They have a very liberal return policy. 30 days with receipt or store credit. I have returned many things, with no questions or problems. I don't work for the store. I am just a very loyal customer. It is one store that has never done me wrong. back to the problem. I have had the same ordeal. I have tried all of the above. Elbow grease is the best, or just return!