October 6


How to Uncrease Your Shoes and Make Them Look New Again

By Teddy

October 6, 2022

Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. You just bought a new pair of shoes and you’re so excited to wear them out. But then you take them out of the box wear them around a few times and suddnely they have tons of creases and don’t look crisp like anymore. Or maybe you have an old pair of shoes that you love but they’re starting to look a little worn. Luckily, there is a way to uncrease your shoes and make them look new again.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

What You Will Need to Uncrease Your Shoes: 

-A shoe tree or something similar that can help hold the shape of the shoe while you work on it (this is optional but recommended)

-A hairdryer 

-A clean cloth 

-An iron 

-A spray bottle 

Step One: Prep Your Shoes 

If your shoes have laces, remove them. If your shoes have any dirt or debris on them, wipe them down with a clean cloth. If your shoes are wet, dry them off completely before moving on to the next step.

Step Two: Grab Your Hairdryer 

Turn your hairdryer on to the lowest heat setting and hold it about six inches away from the shoe. Begin moving the hairdryer back and forth over the shoe until the material starts to loosen up and becomes more pliable.

Step Three: Time to Iron It Out 

Place your shoe on top of the ironing board and cover it with a clean cloth. Make sure that the material you are using is thin enough that the heat can pass through it easily. Begin running the iron over the cloth in a circular motion until you see the wrinkles start to disappear.

Step Four: Finish It Off 

Once you have ironed out all of the wrinkles, grab your spray bottle and fill it with water. Lightly mist your shoes until they are damp but not soaked. Then put your shoe tree in (if you are using one) and let your shoes dry overnight. In the morning, your shoes will be good as new!

How to Prevent Shoe Creases

  1. Use shoe trees. Shoe trees help absorb moisture and keep the shape of your shoes while you’re not wearing them. They also help prevent creases by helping your shoes retain their shape. Make sure to get shoe trees that fit your shoes snugly – otherwise they won’t be as effective. 
  2. Avoid tightfitting shoes. Shoes that are too tight are more likely to create creases because they put unnecessary strain on the leather. When shopping for shoes, always err on the side of a slightly bigger shoe over a smaller one – your feet will thank you in the long run. 
  3. Avoid storing your shoes in hot, humid environments. This includes storage units that are not climate-controlled. The heat and humidity will cause the leather to dry out and become brittle, which makes it more susceptible to creasing. 
  4. If you must store your shoes in a non-climate-controlled unit, consider using cedar balls or cedar chips to help absorb moisture and protect your shoes from mold and mildew. 
  5. Always stuff your shoes with newspaper or acid-free tissue paper before storing them. This will help maintain their shape and prevent creases from forming. 
  6. Never store your shoes in direct sunlight as this can fade the color of the leather and accelerate the aging process. 
  7. When traveling, stuff your shoes with socks or underwear to help prevent them from getting crushed in your luggage. This will also help keep their shape intact. 
  8. Never leave your shoes on the floor for extended periods of time as this can cause them to develop permanent creases or wrinkles. Invest in a shoe rack or shoe cabinet to keep them off the ground and looking their best. 
  9. rotating your shoes regularly will help prevent creases from forming in any one pair. This also gives you a chance to rest them between wearings and prolong their lifespan

By following these simple tips, you can keep your shoes looking new for years to come.


There you have it! A quick and easy guide on how to uncrease your shoes and make them look new again. This process works best on leather or synthetic leather materials, but can also be used on other materials like canvas with decent results. So next time you accidentally leave your new shoes in their box for too long or want to give new life to an old pair of favorites, give this method a try!

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