I cleaned scuff marks off my high shine finished leather shoes with gel toothpaste, and now those areas are faded and no longer shiny. How can I restore color to them without having to use a color restore product? They are dark tan Clarks brand loafers that I cannot soak in any way. And none of the polishes or any other color restore products match. I fear that I will mess them up even further.


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Toothpaste contains an abrasive, and leather is much softer than your teeth.

If you can't match the colour, use clear or neutral shoe polish.
If you scuff the shoes again, only use a cleaning product intended for shoes.

  • There isn't a "right kind of toothpaste" for cleaning shoes. May 23, 2023 at 18:28

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