How To Remove Permanent Marker From Soft Soled Shoes

Okay so if you know just one thing about me, it’s probably that I love to buy second hand designer items. While there are so many things to love about thrift shopping, my biggest pet peeve is when consignment shops cross out the brand logo with a permanent marker. Or even worse…. they write all over the bottom of a beautiful, RARE pair of soft soled Christian Dior heels!

I don’t know if these people simply don’t give two craps about what’s expensive and what’s not (these shoes retail for over $1000!) or if they’re just bitter that someone else is going to end up taking them home. When I spotted these beauties I knew I had to have them, marker stains or not! I figured I could find a solution via “shoe collector who has been through this before” but all I could find on the wonderful internet were suggestions that involved scrubbing with cleaning supplies. There was NO way I was about to put any kind of chemical on these soles so on a rather risky whim, I came up with a better solution.

Using a fine grit nail file was a solution made in Heaven! I simply rubbed the file back and forth over the red permanent marker stains and VOILA! You would never even know those marks were there. (Looking at the photo above, let me just point out that if whoever was marking these was trying to circle the size, their circling skills are in need of some desperate help.) Altogether, it took me about 10 minutes total to file the bottoms of the shoes and I am so unbelievably happy with the results!

If you’ve tried this method of removing permanent marker from the bottom of soft soled shoes or you’ve tried another successful solution, I’d love to hear from you! ALSO if you have any tips on how to clean the inside of a Louis Vuitton bag, I have a second hand Speedy 30 that DESPERATELY needs a good scrubbing LOL!


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