5 Ways to Fix Your Scratched, Stained or Broken Shoes

Did you break or scuff your favorite pair of shoes? Don’t lose hope just yet. Chances are there’s a way to repair your shoes and bring them back to their former glory. Whether your shoes have scratches, scuffs, are too small or are just “broken,” we’ve got you covered.

So, before you throw out your favorite pair of kicks–or relegate them to that dreaded Goodwill bag in the back of your closet–test out these nifty, simple, and most importantly, cheap DIYs for yourself! For full tutorials, be sure to follow the links below!

  1. Conceal the deepest scratches

    There’s nothing worse than tossing a pair of leather or vinyl shoes, just because it is adorned with deep scuffs and scratches. Luckily, there is a way to easily fix the situation–with a malleable rubber product called Sugru! Sugru is simple to work with; in fact, with just a bit of rubbing, the product will mold into the scratches instantly. As a bonus, it also works wonders on scratched electronics, such as cameras and phones.

  2. Brighten up the look of your dull sneakers

    Are you a sneakerhead that recently had to subject your kicks to a rainy, muddy day outside? If so, we’re guessing there’s a lot of caked-in mud, dirt, and who knows what else on the rubber bottom of your treasured shoes! To make them look new again, simply grab a small piece of steel wool and squeeze a small amount of baking soda-based toothpaste onto it. Just scrub away, and pretty soon, they will be restored to their original freshness!

  3. Remove scuff marks quickly and easily

    Nothing cheapens the look of a vinyl or leather heel than ugly scuff marks! To banish them, simply apply a generous dab of petroleum jelly onto a cotton swab and swipe over the damage. Let sit for 30 seconds or so, then wipe clean with a tissue or delicate cloth. Voila–the scuffs are gone!

  4. Stretch out “too tight” shoes

    Because there’s nothing worse than having your feet feel as if they are ensconced in sausage casings! To stretch out your kicks, pull on a pair of socks and cram your feet inside. While they’re in there, grab a blow dryer and point it towards your feet for a good minute or so. Believe it or not, this will stretch out your shoes to that just-right, custom fit, instantly!

  5. Freeze away strong odors

    If your gym shoes are so smelly that you’re considering tossing them, try this brilliant freezer hack first! All you need to do is put your stinky kicks in a zip bag and stick them in the freezer for about a day. Once the time is up, you will notice that your precious sneaks are smelling fresh once again. As a bonus, the process disinfects, too!

See–we told you that scratches and scuffs don’t have to mean the end of your shoe love affair! We’d love to hear your thoughts on these shoe hacks. Have you tried any of these before? Do you have any that you would like to add to the list? What are your favorite shoe-reviving storebought products?