How To Clean Patent Leather Shoes Without Ruining Them

There's nothing worse than buying a new pair of shiny patent leather shoes and scuffing them. I mean, the marks kind of kill the whole shiny shoe vibe. Not cute. But no worries, because you just need to learn how to clean patent leather shoes. It's actually not as difficult as you might think, and you probably have everything you need already in your cabinet. #winning!

I love patent leather because it just adds a little more glam into a shoe, but if you've ever worn a pair then you know — they are seriously easy to scuff. More often than not, I'll wind up with scuffs on my shoes without even knowing how they got there. It's not like I was running around kicking things or something, but whatever. It happens. The struggle is real.

This might make you shy away from purchasing patent leather, but they're just as easy to clean up as they are to mark up, so no worries. And while you definitely can buy a product specially formulated to clean them, you can also take those scuffs away with common household items.

Follow these tips to learn how best to clean patent leather shoes.

Use Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $12, Amazon

Dip a cloth in some olive oil, rub it over your shoes, leave it for 20 minutes, then wipe off with a clean cloth.

Use Vaseline

Vaseline, $6, Amazon

Put good old petroleum jelly on a soft cloth, then rub the scuff marks until they go away. Easy as pie.

Use Mineral Oil

JK Adams Mineral Oil, $9, Amazon

Ditto the above, just swap the vaseline for mineral oil.

Use A Damp Cloth

Leather Chamois Cloth, $17, Amazon

If your shoes are just dusty, you can clean with a simple damp cloth.

Use Patent Leather Cleaner

Woly Neutral Patent Leather Cleaner, $18, Amazon

If you prefer to use something made for patent leather shoes, then apply a patent leather cleaner, let it dry three-five minutes, then buff it for shine with a soft cotton cloth.

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