How to Remove Foot Marks From Sandals

Footmarks on sandals are a common problem and they are difficult to remove.   

This blog post will provide an easy and effective guide on how to remove foot marks from different types of sandals.

We will cover cork, suede, leather, rubber, and fabric sandals. So, no matter what type of sandal you have, you will be able to remove the foot marks from them.

So, without further delay, let’s get started.


  1. Always read the manufacturer’s care label before attempting to remove scuff marks.
  2. Before using a cleaner, test it by applying it to an inconspicuous part of the sandal.
  3. Do not scrub your sandals vigorously. This can damage the sandal.
  4. Do not dry suede and leather sandals in the sun. Direct sunlight can dry the leather causing it to crack.

Removing Foot Marks From Cork Sandals

Four steps with illustrations for removing footmarks from cork sandals

Materials Required

  1. Rubbing Alcohol
  2. Water
  3. Cotton balls


  1. Mix one part of water with one part of rubbing alcohol in a container.
  2. Dampen a clean cloth with the solution. You can also use cotton balls instead of a clean cloth.
  3. Wipe down your cork footbed with the damp cloth. Do not wet the cork too much as it can damage the cork.
  4. Let the sandals air dry in a shaded but well-ventilated area. Do not dry your cork sandals in direct sunlight. Excessive heat can damage the cork.

This method will also deodorize your cork sandals. You can also use this method to remove foot marks from your rubber sandals.

Prevention is better than cure – isn’t it better to avoid marks first? Check out this article on how to prevent toe marks on sandals – and avoid the hassle of dealing with them.

Removing Foot Marks From Suede Sandals

Five steps with illustrations for removing footmarks from suede sandals

Materials Required

  1. White vinegar
  2. A microfiber cloth
  3. A suede brush


  1. Dip a clean microfiber cloth in white vinegar and wring it out. The cloth should be damp, not soaking wet.
  2. Gently rub the suede footbed with that damp cloth. Pay attention to the foot marks and stains on the footbed.
  3. After cleaning the footbed, let the sandals air dry in a well-ventilated area.
  4. Once the sandals are dry, brush them with a suede brush to restore their velvety texture.
  5. Finally, apply a suede protectant spray to waterproof your suede sandals.

Removing Foot Marks From Leather Sandals

Five steps with illustrations for removing footmarks from leather sandals

Materials Required

  1. Saddle soap
  2. A cloth
  3. Water


  1. Wet a cloth with water and apply a small amount of saddle soap to it. 
  2. Gently rub the cloth over the foot marks of your sandals. Rub in small circular motions to get the dirt and grime out. 
  3. Wipe away the soapy area with a clean, dry cloth.
  4. Let the sandals air dry in a ventilated area. Do not dry your leather sandals in the sun. Sunlight can damage the leather.
  5. After cleaning the leather sandals, moisturize them using a leather conditioner. It will prevent the leather from cracking and drying out. Make sure your leather conditioner matches your sandals’ color. Bickmore and KIWI are two good options for leather conditioners.

Removing Foot Marks From Fabric Sandals

Five steps with illustrations on how to remove footmarks from fabric sandals

Materials Required

  1. Baking soda
  2. Hydrogen peroxide
  3. Water
  4. A toothbrush


  1. Mix two tablespoons baking soda, one tablespoon hydrogen peroxide, and one tablespoon water in a bowl. Stir to make a paste.
  2. Dip the toothbrush in the paste and gently scrub the footbed of your sandals in circular motions. Pay more attention to the area having footmarks and stains. 
  3. After scrubbing the sandals, let them sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse the sandals with clean water. 
  5. Let the sandals air dry. Do not dry colored fabric sandals in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can fade the color of the fabric.

Removing Sandal Marks From Feet

Five steps with illustrations for removing sandal marks from feet

Materials Required

  1. Sandalwood powder
  2. Rose water
  3. Lemon juice
  4. A moisturizer


  1. Mix one tablespoon of sandalwood powder, one tablespoon of rose water, and a few drops of lemon juice in a bowl. Stir the mixture thoroughly to make a paste.
  2. Apply the mixture onto the affected areas of your feet and scrub the feet gently. 
  3. After scrubbing the mixture on your feet, let it sit for a few minutes. 
  4. Rinse your feet with cool water and wipe them with a towel.
  5. Lastly, apply a moisturizer to your feet and massage them gently. 


How to remove foot stains from Birkenstocks?

Mix one tablespoon of baking soda, a half tablespoon of liquid detergent, and two tablespoons of water in a bowl. Stir the mixture thoroughly. Dip the toothbrush in the solution and scrub the footbed of your Birkenstocks.

After scrubbing the sandals, wipe off the mixture with a dry cloth. Once all the mixture is removed, wipe the footbed of your Birkenstocks with a damp cloth. After the cleaning process, let your Birkenstocks dry.

How do you get food stains out of flip-flops?

Rinse off your flip-flops with warm water to remove any dirt or debris. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the wet flip-flops and let them sit for ten minutes.

After ten minutes, scrub the flip-flops using a toothbrush. Finally, rinse them off with clean water and let them air dry.

Why do my sandals leave marks on my feet?

There are several reasons why your sandals might leave marks on your feet. It could be due to the material of the sandal, a poor fit, or simply because you’ve been wearing them for too long.

If the marks are due to the material of the sandal, you can try switching to a different type of sandal.

How to prevent heel, toe, and foot marks from forming?

The best way to prevent heel, toe, and foot marks from forming is to wear socks with your sandals. This will help absorb sweat and prevent the formation of foot marks.

Another way to prevent marks from forming is to make sure your sandals fit correctly. Ill-fitting sandals can rub and chafe against your skin, causing marks. Lastly, let your sandals rest between wears.


There you have it – methods for removing foot marks from sandals. By following these methods, you can keep your sandals looking great for a long time.

Do you want to remove scuff marks from other types of shoes? Read our in-depth guides on:

Do not forget to check out our comprehensive guide on how to clean sandals.

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