I was recently performing Colorguard Honors at a Veterans' motorcade. For pictures (in case you're wondering) see my Dropbox

Unfortunately, some genius decided to use a piece of cinder block to prop the door open, and I got my shoe scuffed up pretty bad when it decided to let go.

image of scuffed shoe

It looks worse than that in person.

How should I get rid of that scuff? These are my regular parade shoes so I want them as beautiful as possible.

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Nail polish remover or Rubbing Alcohol works!.

Apply a little nail polish remover or Rubbing Alcohol to a cotton ball to polish out the scuff marks. Then, apply baby powder or petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, to protect the shoe's material. This method works well for Patent Leather.

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    even patent leather?
    – Daniel
    Nov 12, 2015 at 15:57
  • absolutely! this method will remove your scuff marks, feel free to test it on a sample area if that helps give you peace of mind. Again, this method works!
    – Hector
    Nov 12, 2015 at 16:03
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    I'll definitely try it
    – Daniel
    Nov 12, 2015 at 17:03
  • Cool please comment on here to let everyone know that it worked after you try it incase someone crosses this page later on down the road with the same question :) Thanks!
    – Hector
    Nov 12, 2015 at 18:18
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    I'm about to try it... Will let you know as soon as I do...
    – Daniel
    Nov 12, 2015 at 19:22

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