How to Get Scuff Marks Off Saddle Oxfords

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Use rubbing alcohol to remove scuff marks from your Saddle Oxfords.
Use rubbing alcohol to remove scuff marks from your Saddle Oxfords. (Image: two tone shoes image by morsted from Fotolia.com)

A type of Oxford shoe, Saddle Oxfords contain a strip of leather over the instep portion of the shoe. The strip of leather, shaped like a horse saddle, is a different color than the rest of the shoe. Like other shoes, Saddle Oxfords are not immune to scuff marks. These marks cause the leather to look dusty and dirty. Scuff marks, dirt and grime is removable even from the strip of leather on the shoes. Clean your Saddle Oxfords regularly to keep the shoes dirt and scuff mark free.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Old sock
  • Water
  • Leather cleaner
  • 2 soft, nonabrasive cloths or rags
  • Leather conditioner
  • Toothpaste

Removing Scuff Marks – Rubbing Alcohol

Place a sheet of newspaper onto a flat surface.

Wipe your Saddle Oxfords with an old sock to remove any loose dust and dirt from the shoes. Place the shoes on the flat surface.

Turn the sock inside out. Apply a cap full of rubbing alcohol to the old sock.

Blot the scuff mark gently with the alcohol-soaked sock. Re-apply alcohol, if needed, and continue blotting the mark until it is gone.

Wet a soft, nonabrasive cloth or rag with water from a sink. Apply 1 tbsp. of a leather cleaner to the cloth or rag. Wipe your shoes with leather cleaner-soaked cloth or rag.

Dry your shoes with a clean, nonabrasive cloth or rag. Turn the cloth or rag inside out when you are done.

Apply 1tbsp. of a leather conditioner to a clean, nonabrasive cloth or rag. Polish your shoes to a shine with the cloth or rag.

Removing Scuff Marks – Toothpaste

Place a sheet of newspaper onto a flat surface.

Wipe your shoes with an old sock to remove any loose dust and dirt from the shoes. Place the shoes on the flat surface.

Wet an old sock with water from a sink. Apply one squeeze of toothpaste to the cloth or rag. Blot the scuff mark gently with the cloth or rag.

Re-apply toothpaste, if needed, and continue blotting the mark until it is gone. Complete steps 5 through 7 in the “Removing Scuff Marks – Rubbing Alcohol” section.

Tips & Warnings

  • When purchasing shoe polish, buy polish that matches your Saddle Oxfords' shoe color.
  • Avoid cleaners that contain acids and detergents--these chemicals can damage your Saddle Oxfords.

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