How to Remove Scuff Marks from Heels

For me it seems as though moments after purchasing white or light colored shoes, they become scuffed up. Annoying. I still wear them but usually with jeans or a dress that covers up the scuff marks which ruins the point of buying cute shoes. Anyways, I have a pair of basic white heels which I’ve had forever that were dreadfully scuffed up until I came across this pin. Now I don’t have an excuse to buy new shoes because my old ones are all scuffed up. Here’s how to remove scuff marks from heels.

You will need

  • Nail polish remover
  • Q-tips
  • Magic eraser
  • Scuffed up heels


  1. Wet q-tip or magic eraser with nail polish remover and gently rub the scuff mark. Do not use magic eraser with patent leather shoes as it may dull the finish of the shoe.
  2. Continue rubbing scuff marks until gone. This took me about five minutes for each shoe. I started off with the q-tip and finished up with the magic eraser dipped in nail polish remover.
  3. Optional, take a damp cloth and wipe down shoe when you are finished. This will remove/dilute any excess remover from your shoe as well as the magic eraser.

The nail polish dissolves the plastic/rubber effectively removing the scuff while leaving the leather alone since it is skin. These shoes I tried this on were old shoes that I was not worried about ruining. Always test in an inconspicuous spot if you are worried about ruining your shoe before trying to remove the scuff. I am very happy with the results and glad that my shoes no longer have scuff marks. This is the second time I have used nail polish to “clean” something.

Happy Cleaning!



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