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Removing Scratch Marks From Black Dress Shoes

by Kimbry Parker, studioD

Black dress shoes spruce up a casual outfit or add the finishing touch to formal attire -- but if they’re covered in scratches, your look goes from classy to dingy. Your shoes may be scratched from everyday wear and tear, or maybe your cat decided to use them as a scratching post. With the right method and products, you can get rid of -- or at least hide -- light scratch marks on your black dress shoes.

Wipe the shoes with a damp rag to remove dust and dirt from the surfaces, and then dry them with another clean rag.

Moisten a clean rag with distilled white vinegar. Dab the vinegar onto the scratch marks. Let the shoes dry completely. Buff them gently with a rag and colorless shoe polish.

Put a few drops of bath oil onto a clean rag. Rub the oil gently over the scratch marks to fade them. Buff the area with a clean, dry rag to remove the excess oil.

Color in the scratch marks with a black crayon, permanent felt marker or acrylic paint. Put a light coating of the crayon, marker or paint over the scratch marks, and let it dry completely. Reapply the crayon, marker or paint as needed if the scratch begins to resurface.

Items you will need
  •  Rags
  •  Distilled white vinegar
  •  Colorless shoe polish
  •  Bath oil
  •  Black crayon, felt marker or acrylic paint


  • For deep gouges in dress shoes, consult a shoemaker.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.

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