The Secret to Removing Scuff Marks from Patent Leather

Tips to remove scuff marks from patent leather shoes by Lifestyle Blogger Eileen Lazazzera of

Now I have been warned about patent leather shoes, they scuff easily, can be difficult to repair, but also look oh-so-stunning! So I went ahead and bought a new pair of lovely nude patent leather stiletto pumps especially to wear them to see Calvin Harris in Las Vegas. 

Sure enough, they get stepped on, stomped on, and put through all sorts of mayhem a night in Vegas would include. And as you can imagine by the end of this glorious night out, my shiny new patent pumps were covered in scuff marks and look like a gym floor after a floor hockey tournament played in dress shoes!

I looked at no-longer-new patent leather shoes in dismay and wondering if I has just wasted my money, and started contemplating whether should start shopping for some new shoes. My poor patent leather shoes were covered in scuff marks, many small black marks on them along the sides, as well as some other larger reddish marks on them.

I was getting ready to throw them out as we were packing up when my girl friend took a quick glance at them and casually told me they would be just fine and the marks would come right off.  I was in disbelief and found this hard to believe, but she assured me they would be just fine and let me in on the secret on how to remove scuff marks from patent leather… 

With this simple trick, you can remove scuffs from your patent leather shoes quickly and easily!

For Removing Scuffs from Patent Leather You Will Need: 

Steps on How to Remove Scuff Marks from Patent Leather:

1. The first step is to ensure the patent leather is free of any loose dirt or debris. You can simply use your damp cloth with mild soap and water to clean off any dirt that is on your shoes. 

2. The next step is to use a soft clean cloth with some shoe cream. Buff your shoes all over in a circular motion. This should remove the majority of the black scuff marks are on your shoes.

The before photo you see above is how my patent shoes looked after I did a once over with a soft cloth and shoe cream. The majority of the black 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 scuff removing ingredient…

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

Most scuffs will come off with a gentle rub of a damp cloth and shoe cream, but if that doesn’t work, there’s the secret ingredient that you probably already have in your beauty toolkit, nail polish remover!

That’s right, the secret ingredient is Just plain old regular nail polish remover with acetone. Apply a little nail polish remover to a cotton pad – just like you would to remove your nail polish – give the scuff mark and gentle rub and buff, and like magic, the stubborn scuff marks should melt away, leaving your patent shoes polished and looking brand new!

I was happily surprised that this simple beauty trick restored my patent shoes to their previous glory and even happier that it was it didn’t require a special purchase of any kind! 

So be afraid of wearing patent no more! I’m sharing this secret with you and hope you can enjoy your patent shoes for much longer. With this trick, you can keep your patent leather shoes shiny, polished, and scuff free.

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Before and after: How to remove scuff marks from patent leather shoes with this simple trick from YesMissy Lifestyle Blogger Eileen Lazazzera


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  • caroline1t
    December 21, 2012

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

  • Destinee
    April 29, 2013


  • Gaby
    August 10, 2013

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

    • YesMissy
      August 12, 2013

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


  • Sarah Gill
    April 6, 2014

    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. 🙂

  • Lori Cuddy Schult
    April 17, 2014

    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!!!

  • Tassya Enggartini Insani
    September 3, 2018

    Not yet try this trick, but thanks for sharing

  • Katie
    April 28, 2019

    Just took the shine from my Guess pumps

    • Eileen
      April 29, 2019

      Fantastic! Glad it worked for you Katie!

  • makeupmuddle
    February 21, 2020

    Wow you did such an amazing job! I can’t believe how well they cleaned up xo

    • Eileen
      February 21, 2020

      Thank you! I could hardly believe it worked so well myself!

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