A neat trick to tidy up scuff marks

Tidy up scuff marks!

Do not underestimate the power of a Sharpie. With the help of this handy tool, scuff marks on shoes can vanish. It’s like using a black permanent marker to disguise tears in tights, or a cut walnut to minimise the look of scratches on wood – seriously try it!

I’ve used this Sharpie technique on many coloured shoes that have a variety of materials. It’s a technique that works on small marks or very large areas. Considering the colour of my new handbag, I may have to employ it in the future there too! I believe that every piece in your wardrobe has a way to make it last longer.

My new leather summer sandals are from Bared. Besides being ridiculously comfortable, they are also rather shiny (which I love!). From my experience, shiny shoes have a tendency to show wear and tear more readily, which ruins the exciting look. It’s like the light catches it and just draws your attention all of the time.

Shoes take a beating, it’s just part and parcel of their duty. Arriving home from a day out I noticed that a scuff mark had appeared on my sandal.

Before (scuff on left sandal, second bar from top on right side)


Close up of wear and tear


The method – take one Sharpie of ideal colour, apply to scuff mark and using a cotton wool bud, blend the spot. Repeat if necessary.


Viola! After!
Close up of of after










And there you have it! With the use of a Sharpie, your shoes can stay looking new for longer.