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How to fix scuffed metallic shoes

Updated February 21, 2017

Metal isn't just for jewellery, and one way to utilise the look of metal is in your footwear. Whether you have some silver flats or flashy gold stilettos, metallic shoes can lend some glamour to any outfit. After some wear, however, the metallic finish can become scuffed, leaving your shoes looking raggedy and dingy. Thankfully, you can easily touch up your metallic shoes to help banish the scuff marks and get them shining once more.

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  1. Take or wear your metallic shoes to your local beauty supply store. Look for metallic nail polish colours in the nail section and select one that matches your shoes. Test out colours painting a small sample on a note card, and use the swatch to find the perfect match.

  2. Clean the scuffed area of your shoes to ensure you remove as much dirt as possible. Dip a toothbrush in some white vinegar and gently scrub over the area. White vinegar is a great natural cleaner that is safe to use on most materials including leather and suede.

  3. Paint over the scuffed area of your shoes with the nail polish you selected. Allow the first layer to dry, then paint on a second layer and let it dry. Paint on a clear top coat polish over the nail polish to seal it on.

  4. Tip

    Carry nail polish with you when you go out. Should your shoes get any small scuffs, you can just touch them up in the bathroom. Clear top coat polish can be painted all over metallic shoes to help stave off future scuffs as well. You might require more than one bottle though, depending on the size of your shoe. If your shoes are severely scuffed up, another method you can try is to buy metallic spray paint and spray paint them, then spray a shellac finish to make them shine and seal on colour. You may not be able to find an exact match, but you can give shoes a shiny new finish.

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Things You'll Need

  • Nail polish
  • Toothbrush
  • White vinegar
  • Clear top coat polish

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.

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