Please help me save my patent leather shoes!
March 21, 2011 12:48 PM   Subscribe

Can these shoes be saved? My cat scratched up my new patent leather pumps.

I just bought these patent leather pumps (YESTERDAY. I just bought them YESTERDAY), and was excited to wear them today. On my way to work, I looked down and noticed that the toe of the right shoe and the heel and side of the left shoe are now covered in scratch marks and gouges. I have two very bad cats and a very bad dog, but close examination of the scratch marks has led me to the culprit (the worst cat).

He and I will have a very serious chat about this, but (how) can I save these shoes? Would shoe polish help? Maybe vigorous rubbing or towelling or waxing of some sort? Take them to a cobbler? Please help, these shoes are now out of stock and I love them so. If they are a complete loss, well, so be it, but I'd like to exhaust all my options first. Thank you!
posted by heyheylanagirl to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (5 answers total)
I would take them to a cobbler to see what they can do. They're faux leather, so the care will likely be different.
posted by you're a kitty! at 12:55 PM on March 21, 2011


I feel like I have seen "patent leather shoe polish" on the shelf at the store, but no clue if it actually works (I almost accidentally bought it instead of the regular kind)
posted by misterbrandt at 1:04 PM on March 21, 2011

Meanwhile, I have become a fan of bitter cherry spray. Tastes really vile, not harmful, smells okay. Cause the Cute Little Dog did the same thing to some new shoes.
posted by theora55 at 3:14 PM on March 21, 2011

Best answer: I would suggest oil pastels or nail polish in a matching colour... but... very... carefully...
posted by tel3path at 4:28 PM on March 21, 2011

Response by poster: Great idea, tel3path, thanks! The gouge marks are pretty deep, and that might help kind of fill them in (as well as restore the color).
posted by heyheylanagirl at 4:39 AM on March 22, 2011

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