I HATE it when major department stores put these next-to-impossible-to-remove sale stickers on the bottom of shoes, once they go on sale. I scored these leopard Charlotte Olympia shoes at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City right after Christmas. Though they were 50% off, they were still much more than the average shoe price.
My point is that just because you mark them down, it still isn’t acceptable to put these frustrating stickers on the bottom. I shouldn’t have to scrape a sale sticker off the soles of what are still $400+ shoes.
Some stickers, like the ones that Nordstrom uses so frequently, don’t just peel off. In fact, they are perforated so you have to peel them off in sections. After that, there’s the sticky residue to deal with. I used to leave the residue but then started feeling my shoes stick to floors when I walked. Then, you also have a dirty rectangle on the bottom of your shoe that screams, “I bought these shoes on sale!”
I Googled “shoe sticker removal” and up popped threads by people with similar problems. Except they all swore that it was the cheap stores that did this and if they were buying designer shoes, this would never be an issue. Not so, my friends!
How to Remove Sale Stickers off of Shoes
No one online seemed to have a great solution. Most agreed that soapy water worked just OK. Some suggested spray oil, nail polish remover, hot water, hairdryer, etc. A lot just tackled the problem with a knife and lots of scraping. Yikes.
I tried one shoe with soapy water. That was a bust. Then I used spray oil and regular olive oil. Bust. Then, I tried nail polish remover, similar to my if your husband puts your keys in a pile of super glue post. Five paper towels later, the nail polish remover worked and there was no sticky residue, but somehow it failed on the second shoe. I tried soapy water on top of that and it seemed to work, several paper towels later. But these methods are time-consuming, and don’t work really well.
Use Goo Gone: If you like to buy shoes on sale, Goo Gone will be your best friend. It works. I bought a big bottle for around $5 at my local hardware store. I peeled the sale sticker off as well as I could, put a few drops of Goo Gone on a paper towel and started rubbing the residue. It dissolved within seconds. With a clean paper towel, I wiped it off. I put a few drops of mild dish soap on another paper towel to get the Goo Gone off and wiped it dry. Voila, the sole of my shoe was perfectly clean. So there you go. Continue to shop the shoe sale rack with confidence!