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How to Fix Nicks in Shoe Toes

author image Kimbry Parker
Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.
How to Fix Nicks in Shoe Toes
Save money by repairing nicks in the toes of your shoes at home. Photo Credit Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images

Shoes take a beating the moment you wear them out of the house. Over time, the toes of shoes may become nicked, which greatly diminishes the appearance. This is especially true for leather or patent leather shoes. With one easy-to-find product, you can repair small nicks in the toes of your shoes right at home.

Step 1

Wipe the shoe with a damp rag to remove any dirt or debris from the area. Use a dry rag to remove any moisture.

Step 2

Find a fingernail polish that matches the color of the shoe. If you can’t find a perfect match, choose a color that closely resembles the color of the shoe. For small nicks, the color doesn’t have to perfectly match since it’s just a tiny area that needs to be repaired.

Step 3

Dab a thin coat of nail polish onto each of the nicks. Avoid swiping it like you would when polishing fingernails as this may get the polish on unintended areas of the shoe.

Step 4

Allow the nail polish to dry completely. Dab a second coat onto the nicks, if necessary, to thoroughly fill in the spots. Let the polish dry before wearing the shoes.

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