The shoes I purchased at Nordstrom Rack in Manhattan last fall.
Shoes: Badgley Mischka, sz 7
Labels and permanent markers on the soles of the shoes…my pet peeve!!
When the permanent marker is on the ball of the feet, I just leave it, because it will get dirty anyways. But for this shoe its in a very visible location. Online suggested rubbing alcohol, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, and other chemical products. I was really skeptical about using chemicals on the soles, so I used rubbing alcohol on one side and I used a crystal file on the other side.
The rubbing alcohol method was a total fail!! It also made the marker ink spread. I was afraid it would leave some permanent stains on the soles of my shoes. I used a crystal file because it wasn’t as coarse, higher grit is safer for this experiment. I also used an eraser to assist in removing the grayish leather dust by-product. Close-up photo below.
Now the sole of the toe. All the adhesive from the price label is stuck on the shoe after removing the label. I used to just leave it…I’d figure I’d pick up enough dust and dirt so the soles aren’t sticky anymore. This may work on flats, but not for heels! With stuff and gunk sticking to the ball of the feet, gradually the ball of the shoe may become imbalanced and uneven, and the ball of your shoe may really turn ball-like! This is how I once embarrassingly fell flat on my face wearing 5″ Jimmy Choos. To remove the adhesive on the sole of the shoes, I used a combination of the nail file and the eraser.