How to repair scuffs on stiletto heels

Stiletto heels can add a touch of glamour and style to any outfit. No matter how dainty you are on your feet, it is unlikely that your shoes will last their entire life without a scuff mark or two. Fortunately there are some simple solutions to remove unsightly marks from your stilettos to give them a new lease of life.

Any heels

Whatever the material of your stiletto, your first step is to establish whether or not the mark is repairable at home. Ensure your shoe is clean and dry by wiping and dirt or dust with the cloth.

Using your finger, rub the scuff gently. The oil from your fingers should be enough to remove any superficial marks.

Check how deep the scuff appears to be. Light, shallow scuffs that have removed only the top layer of colour are easier to repair then deep gouges. If the scuff is deep then you may prefer to opt to take your shoes to a shoe repairer such as Timpsons.


Leather stilettos are easier to repair than fabric styles. Dampen a small section of the cloth with leather oil and rub gently over the scuff mark gradually working it as deep as possible into the mark.

Leave the oil to penetrate the scuff mark for 1 hour. Wipe off gently with a dry section of the cloth.

Dip either a thin paint brush or cotton bud into the shoe polish. Paint the polish over the scuff. Blend the colour until the scuff is not noticeable. Polish the whole shoe to finish. The same steps can be applied to patent leather shoes. Use a patent shoe polish or patent pen.


Suede shoes can be trickier to repair. Using a suede brush, remove any debris and light marks.

Rub the eraser over the scuff mark very gently along the grain. This should remove any further marks and blend the scuff with the rest of the shoe.

If the scuff mark is still visible, gently wipe suede polish over the mark with the cloth. Leave to dry for 30 minutes. Buff gently using light, circular motions with the suede brush.


Stilettos made from fabrics such as silk, satin, velvet and canvas are the most difficult to remove marks especially if the scuffs have torn the material. Apply a small amount of fabric glue to the interior of the scuff mark.

Gently pull and stretch the fabric so it covers the scuff mark. Hold in place for 5 minutes.

Once the glue is dry, gently buff the scuff and any excess glue with fine sandpaper to blend.


Take your stilettos with you when you buy shoe polish or wax to match the colour exactly.


While holding the glued scuff mark of a fabric stiletto, be careful not to get any glue on your fingers. If your fingers get stuck, gently release or run under warm water to remove the glue.

Things You'll Need

  • Lint-free cloth
  • Leather oil
  • Shoe polish or wax
  • Thin paint brush or cotton bud
  • Suede brush
  • Eraser
  • Suede cleaner
  • Fabric glue
  • Fine sandpaper
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Jules Halliday is a writer, coach and public speaker with more than 20 years experience of recruitment, training and management in a variety of sectors. Passionate about career and personal development, Halliday is director of TMS Coaching Ltd and founder of All UK Jobsites.