October 17


How to Remove Security Tag From Shoes

By Teddy

October 17, 2022

A few weeks ago, I made the mistake of buying a pair of shoes without trying them on first. I know, I know—I should know better by now. But they were on sale, and they were too good of a deal to pass up! So I took them home, eagerly ripped open the box—and then discovered that they had a security tag attached.

You just found the perfect pair of shoes on clearance. They’re your size, they’re your style, and they’re half-off! But as you go to leave the store, you realize there’s one small problem: there’s a security tag still attached to the shoe. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to remove that pesky tag so you can enjoy your new purchase.

1. Assess the situation.

Is the tag attached to the shoe with a pin? Or is it one of those hard plastic tags that seems impossible to remove? If it’s a pin, you’re in luck—that will be the easiest kind of tag to remove. If it’s the hard plastic kind, don’t worry, we’ll still be able to get it off.

2. Gather your tools.

For a pin type security tag, you’ll need a pair of needle-nose pliers. For the hard plastic kind, you’ll need a nail file or a sharp knife. 

3. Time to get started!

If your security tag is attached with a pin, use your needle-nose pliers to gently pull the pin out of the shoe. If it’s stuck, wiggle it back and forth until it comes free. Once the pin is out, the tag should come right off. 

4. Start wiggling

If your security tag is of the hard plastic variety, take your nail file or knife and carefully insert it between the shoe and the tag. Gently wiggle it until you create a small opening, then continue wiggling until the whole tag pops off. 

5. Enjoy your newly purchased, fully functional shoes!

And next time, make sure to check for security tags before you leave the store 😉 

What are security tags and why are they used on shoes

Security tags are devices that retailers use to deter theft. They are usually attached to clothing or other merchandise with a thin wire or strip of plastic, and set off an alarm if someone tries to remove them without deactivating them first. Many stores will not let you leave the premises with a security tag still attached to an item, which is why it’s important to know how to remove them. 

Alternatives to removing the security tag from shoes

There are a few alternatives to removing the security tag from your shoes, depending on the type of tag it is. For example, you may be able to deactivate the tag with a special device that the retailer has. Or, if the tag is only attached with a strip of plastic, you may be able to carefully cut it off with a sharp knife or scissors. Always check with the store first before attempting to remove or alter the security tag in any way. 

Purchase a security tag remover

You can find these online and at some hardware or home improvement stores.

Position the security tag remover over the locking mechanism on the tag. There should be a small metal circle with a raised dot in the center—this is what you’ll want to line up with the end of the tag remover.

Squeeze the handles of the tag remover together. You should hear a small popping sound as the locking mechanism is released.

Remove the pin from the back of the tag. This will usually just pull out, but if it’s stuck you may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers.

And that’s it! Your security tag has been removed and you’re free to enjoy your new purchase.

Precautions to take when removing the security tag from shoes

When removing a security tag from your shoes, it’s important to take precautions so that you don’t damage the shoe itself. If you’re using a sharp object like a knife or nail file, be careful not to scratch or dent the shoe. And if you’re using pliers, be gentle so that you don’t pull too hard and break the wire. With a little bit of care, you should be able to remove the security tag without any problems. 

I hope this quick guide was helpful! Security tags can be a pain, but with a little patience and the right tools, they’re easy to remove. So next time you’re at the store and find that perfect pair of shoes on clearance, make sure to check for security tags before you leave 😉


We’ve all been there—you find the perfect pair of shoes on clearance, but when you go to leave the store you realize there’s a security tag still attached. Don’t worry, removing that tag is easier than you might think. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll have that pesky thing off in no time so you can enjoy your new purchase!

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