How to get price stickers off the soles of your shoes

how to get price stickers off the soles of your shoes

We’ve all been there, I’m sure: you buy a brand new pair of shoes, and can’t wait to wear them – but before you do, you have to spend thirty minutes painstakingly picking the ugly price stickers off the soles.

A couple of months ago, I posted the photo at the top of the page on my Facebook page, and got a few great suggestions from readers on how to easily remove the offending price stickers from the soles of my new ankle boots. I’d already removed these, using my usual method of dampening the stickers with a bit of water, then gently peeling them off, but I know this is one of those issues most shoe-lovers find themselves facing at some point or another, so I thought I’d quickly note down some of the suggestions here, for future reference.

Here are some reader suggestions on how to remove price stickers from the soles of your shoes:

Goo Gone stain remover

It hadn’t even occurred to me that there might be a product designed specifically for this problem, but a couple of people pointed me in the direction of Goo Gone gel, which claims to remove just about anything – pesky price stickers included!

A hairdryer

One reader suggested using a hairdryer to gently heat the soles of the shoes – this apparently softens up the glue enough to allow you to remove the sticker without damaging the soles.

White Vinegar

Applied instead of the plain water I normally use, to soften the sticker and allow it to be peeled off.

Orange spray

Another non-toxic option for price-sticker removal!

Nail polish remover 

I have to confess to having used this in the past myself: you have to be careful not to use too much, or get it on the uppers (especially if they’re satin or suede), but good ol’ nail polish remover will remove just about anything – not just nail polish!

These are just a few suggestions I’ve had on how to remove stickers from the soles of your shoes: anyone got any other tips? 



  • I’m loving this post! I have absolutely no clue on how to remove pesky price stickers – i always ruin my nails in the process so this is all very helpful! Thanks! 🙂

  • I tend to get in a hurry and wear my new shoes with remnants of the price sticker still on the sole. Of course, then I forget about it and next thing you know I am on the kneel-er in church and paranoid wondering if these particular shoes that I am wearing still have stickers that the folks in the row behind me are now staring at.

  • Do some women just leave them on purpose? I have friends that just leave all price stickers on the soles of their high heel shoes.

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