How to Fix Scuffed Shoes

Updated April 17, 2017

It is annoying when you are dressing for an important meeting or event and you notice unsightly scuff marks on your shoes. One solution is to rush out and purchase a new pair of shoes so that you show up at the event in tip top shape. A quicker and less expensive solution is to repair the scuff marks. Repairing scuff marks is simple and only requires a few minutes of your time.

Remove the shoe laces from the shoes if they are in the way. Wipe the shoes with a damp cloth to remove dust, dirt and other contaminants from the surface of the shoe.

Purchase a wax-based shoe polish that matches the colour of the shoe. A wax-based shoe polish will cover the scuff marks more thoroughly.

Apply the shoe polish to the scuff marks with a lint free cloth. Read the shoe polish instructions. Use small, circular motions to apply the polish and allow the shoe polish to sit on the shoe for a few minutes. Wipe off excess shoe polish around the area with a clean cloth.

Buff the repaired area with a shoe brush until it shines. Examine the area of scuff marks. Repeat the procedure if the scuff marks are still slightly visible.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Wax-based shoe polish
  • Shoe buffing brush
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Robert Russell began writing online professionally in 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and is currently working on a book project exploring the relationship between art, entertainment and culture. He is the guitar player for the nationally touring cajun/zydeco band Creole Stomp. Russell travels with his laptop and writes many of his articles on the road between gigs.