How to Get Creases Out of a Toe Box

by Lane Cummings ; Updated September 28, 2017

Some sneakers are so expensive that creases on the toe box could make them look ruined.

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The toe box refers to the area on the top of the shoe that covers your toes. Creases in the toe box can occur when someone stomps on your shoes or when the shoes are improperly packed in a suitcase. While creases in the toe box might not seem like that big of a deal, they can truly ruin the finished appearance of a shoe. Your shoes could look sloppy, particularly if you like designer shoes or expensive sneakers.

Plug your iron on and set it to medium heat. As the iron heats up, stuff the toes of your shoes with newspaper or a comparable material.

Soak a T-shirt in warm water and wring it out. Wrap it tautly around the toe box of your shoe. Place the iron over the toe box and keep it moving in a circular movement. Do not let the iron rest anywhere on your shoe for more than one or two seconds or it could burn your shoe.

Spray a lint-free cloth with spray starch and wipe down the toe box with it to further support the stiffening of the toe box.


  • Work on a flat, stable surface when going through this procedure.

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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."