How to Remove Scuff Marks from Dress Shoes

Remove scuff marks from your shoes.
Remove scuff marks from your shoes. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Dress shoes can be expensive, and you don't wear them very often. If you are constantly finding black scuff marks that mar their shine, try a few methods to remove the unsightly marks. While you may not be able to remove the marks completely, you can minimize them and avoid having to purchase new shoes. If you are using a polish or leather conditioner, test it on an unobtrusive spot first.

Things You'll Need

  • Artist's eraser
  • Shoe polish
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Leather conditioner

Use a lint-free cloth to gently clean the shoes. Rub against the scuff marks to remove as much of the mark as possible.

Take an artist's eraser and gently buff off the marks using a circular motion. Don't press too hard to avoid marking the surface.

Use matching shoe polish to cover the scuffed area. Buff in a circular motion with a lint-free cloth. Let rest for five minutes. Buff off any excess with the cloth.

Use leather conditioner to treat any smaller scuff marks. Use a lint-free cloth to dab the conditioner on and gently rub in.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also try eye make-up remover for this, but some are oil-based and can leave oil residue on your shoes.
  • The Clinique Clarifying Lotion #2 works the best out of all of the Clarifying Lotions because it isn't too harsh or too weak.
  • Try buying a small size Clarifying Lotion and then ask the sales associate if they have a small sample bottle that you can use for traveling. This way you can carry a small bottle with you or keep it in your vehicle.

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