Practical Fashion: Removing Stickers From the Bottom of Shoes

As you’ve probably figured out by now, I can’t resist a good shoe bargain.  On the weekends, you’ll frequently catch me prowling the shoe aisles in my favorite discount retailers looking for a sign that reads those magical words: Additional 50% off!

Unfortunately, those steep discounts often come with an annoying little side effect… Shoe.Sticker.Residue.

Case in point, my new Members Only boots that I got on sale at Daffy’s for $50 (marked down from $260).


Pretty cute, right? The angled side zipper detail is what got me.  But check out the underside…


Le sigh.  And this wasn’t even the worst of the two shoes.  The other foot had at least 3 additional stickers on it.  Below is a pic of my first attempt to carefully peel away those pesky little buggers.


Now for some folks, this may not seem too terrible. But for someone like me, who obsesses over the smallest details, this leftover residue was a real shoe bargain buzzkill. So rather than ruin a perfectly good manicure by scraping off the remnants with my fingernails (which I’ve done in the past), I decided to grab my two trusty sidekicks:


You can also use plain old baby oil or whatever oil you have on hand.  Just soak up a few drops with your cotton ball, rub it across the sole of your shoe, let it absorb for a few seconds, and the yuckies just rub right off.


Just like new!

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  • preppywithatwist January 9, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Genius tip! I never knew it could be that simple…

    • ClosetConfections January 10, 2011 at 12:23 am

      I know! I was so stoked when I figured this out.

  • Anonymous January 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I so needed to know that! And congrats on the bargains

  • alexelizabeth January 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I never knew that! Thanks so much for sharing, I usually end up with at least half the sticker still stuck to the bottom!

  • Yasmeen January 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    So clever! I usually scrape till I give up and forget about them (Fail). I really like the boots though. Black and gold is always gorgeous (in my opinion :D)


  • Fashiontherapist January 10, 2011 at 12:31 am

    1st – FABULOUS shoes. I love the detail. 2nd – Thanks for sharing that tip. Dang Nordie’s rack shoes sometimes has those and it’s a pain in my side.

  • Sing January 10, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Very nice boots and clever way to get the sticky madness off the bottoms. Come check out my first ever blog giveaway.


  • Thirteenlbs January 10, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Wow, that’s a great tip!

  • Anonymous January 10, 2011 at 2:51 am

    beautiful! I need to send this to my mom because those stickers drive her insane. I tend to just ignore them. lol!

  • Krystle January 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is a great post!! I have been super embarassed when I noticed the sticker on the bottom of my shoe. Even though no one else probably noticed, I did and I like details too! It’s funny, I was just in a work meeting and one of the drs put his foot up and: STICKER!!! 🙂

  • Michelle Howard January 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Hey Kendra-

    Now that I met a fellow New Yorker I had to stop by and check out your blog. New follower here!


    • ClosetConfections January 14, 2011 at 2:27 am

      Welcome, Michelle. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kayla January 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I am so glad I saw this post! I am always ruining my nails with shoe stickers! I have been known to just try and ignore them but I have to spend the whole day making sure my feet are planted firmly on the floor so no-one notices! Thanks for the tip!!