My two year old daughter wore her new Easter shoes to church yesterday. They are adorable white leather Mary Janes that cost a pretty penny and are supposed to last us through the summer season. Anyway, as can be expected, by the time we got home (she'd had them on for all of three hours), the new shoes looked rather scuffed and marked.
This brought to mind a hack my mother used on us when we wreaked havoc on our own church shoes– a little bit of nail polish remover on a cotton swab (test on an inconspicuous area first) will rub most scuffs right off.
I wouldn't use this hack on patent leather– it may remove the shine, but it works wonders for regular leather. I've even used it on man-made "leather" with no problems. Nail polish remover is definitely cheaper than the shoe care stuff they sell at the stores, and takes no time at all to dry!