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How to Fix Dents in Dress Shoes

Updated April 17, 2017

Shoes can easily become marked, scuffed and even dented when they are worn day-in and day-out. Shoes do best with proper daily care; however, problem areas can be fixed after an issue arises. A dent in a shoe is created when the shoe is banged or otherwise scuffed along a hard surface, such as a sidewalk, wall or desk. While dent removal can take some time and effort, it can be accomplished at home.

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  1. Clean the shoe with soap and water to remove all dust, dirt and debris. Dry the shoe off with a clean towel and place on a clean surface.

  2. Stuff the shoe with newspapers so that the dent bulges out a bit.

  3. Cover the area in a gel lubricant that is safe for leather. You can find such gels at a shoe store that carries high-end leather shoes.

  4. Aim a hairdryer on low heat directly at the dent mark. Do not point in the same spot for more than 30 seconds at a time. Move the hairdryer back and forth across the area for 3 to 5 minutes or until the gel has dried.

  5. Allow the shoes to sit for 24 hours in their current condition.

  6. Remove the newspapers and wear the shoes.

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Things You'll Need

  • Leather gel
  • Hairdryer
  • Newspaper
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Dry, clean cloths

About the Author

Andie Francese has been working as a freelance blogger and content creator since 2006. She has created content for Moviefone, Blogging Stocks and several other high traffic online entities, focusing on entertainment and technology. Francese graduated from Mercy College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and journalism.

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