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Restoring Patent Leather Shoes

I just bought a pair of Dansko Marcelle patent shoes. The very first time I wore them I fell on a slippery floor and scuffed the patent off the toes. I called the shoe store where I bought them and they called Dansko. The company didn't know what to do. I love these shoes, but now they have a grey spot on each toe. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks.


By grwnupkid from IA

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January 4, 20100 found this helpful

Love, love, love my Danskos. Picked up a pair today and expressed my concern over scuffing the patent. The man at the store said Windex will bring back the shine. I haven't had to try it yet but will keep it in mind.

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December 28, 20090 found this helpful

Little girls patent leather dressy shoes can be restored to new-looking with petroleum jelly. Just put a good-sized glob on a cloth and work it into the outside of the shoe, then remove and buff with another soft cloth. Looks great for pennies.


By Becki in IN

Restoring Patent Leather Shoes

To clean patent leather shoes, belts, purses, etc., wipe with a cloth moistened with white vinegar.

By Robin from Washington, IA


Restoring Patent Leather Shoes

I just used DUREX PLAY on my Patent shoes as I did not have any vinegar. All the marks have gone I think the marks were from a drink. (03/06/2007)

By David

Restoring Patent Leather Shoes

I remember my mom doing this when I was young, it works great. Another "shoe-helper" is to use a permanent black marker on the scuffed away marks first, then finish with the petroleum jelly. My mom also used to raid my "64 colors" crayons box and borrow a crayon that would match her bright colored shoes, then "color" her shoe where the blemish was, because they didn't make shoe polish in the color she needed. This works great too.


Crayons also work wonders fixing scratches in vinyl floors, wood furniture and Formica scratches and nicks, too. You can mix the colors together until they are right, then heat the area a just a tiny bit with a blow dryer. (03/06/2007)

By Cyinda

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