The Secret to Removing Scuffs from Patent Leather

Learn the secret to removing stubborn scuff marks on patent leather shoes..

I just bought the most lovely nude patent leather stiletto pumps especially to wear them to Calvin Harris’ show 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, they get stepped on, stomped on, and put through all sorts of mayhem a night in Vegas includes. As you can imagine, by the end of the glorious night my shiny new patent pumps are covered in scuff marks and look like the gymnasium floor after a floor hockey tournament played in dress shoes!

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

The first step to removing scuffs is using a soft cloth with some shoe cream. You should be able to buff off most of the marks with this. The before picture above is how my patent shoes looked after I did a once over with a soft cloth and shoe cream. As you can see, 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, there’s the secret ingredient that you probably already have in your beauty toolkit: nail polish remover!

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!

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

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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!

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