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The Secret to Removing Stubborn Scuff Marks from Patent Leather

The secret trick to getting rid of shoe scuffs

Learn the secret to removing stubborn scuff marks from patent leather shoes

I buy the most lovely nude patent leather stilleto pumps especially to wear them to Calvin Harris in Vegas. Now I have been warned about patent leather, they scuff easily, can be difficult to repair, but look oh-so-stunning!  Sure enough, I get stepped on, stomped on, and put through all sorts of mayhem. At end of the night my new patent pumps looked like the gymnasium floor after a floor hockey tournament played in dress shoes!

The before picture is how they looked after I did a once over with a soft cloth and shoe cream. Luckily, the majority of the scuff marks came off, but my shoes were still riddled with stubborn marks that couldn’t and just wouldn’t come off. Keep reading to find out the secret scuff removing ingredient…

So what is the secret to removing the most stubborn scuff marks from patent shoes?

Most scuffs will come off with a gentle rub of a damp cloth, but if that doesn’t work, here’s the secret ingredient: Nail polish remover! Just plain old regular nail polish remover with acetone. Put some on a cotton pad, just like you would to remove your nail polish, give a gentle rub and like magic, the stubborn scuff should melt away.

So be afraid of wearing patent no more! With this secret trick, you can keep your patent shoes polished and scuff free!

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  • Woohoo! You just saved me a whole lotta money. THANKS!

  • Destinee


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  • Gaby

    It didnt work for me 🙁 R.I.P. Taupe Steve Madden pumps. May your gorgeous soul rest in peace and off my feet.

    • Aww boo! At least you have an excuse to buy a new pair of shoes!


  • You just saved my favourite nude shoes! Thank you so much, I would have been really worried about putting nail polish remover on them but it worked like a charm. I finished it off by using some nude nail polish on the slightly damaged heels and it’s like I have a whole new pair. 🙂

    • You’re so welcome! 🙂

  • Lori Cuddy Schult

    I used to use nail polish remover to remove scuffs until it also removed the “shine” from certain leathers and patent leathers. What works THE BEST is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, or better yet, the Great Value brand sold at Walmart! Try it and you will see!!!

    • Thanks for sharing Lori!