How to Get an Ink Pen Mark Off of Sperry's

Sperry Top-Siders are classic boat shoes constructed of hand-sewn leather uppers and rubber soles. The shoes feature a timeless style, making them an investment piece. If you happen to mark the leather shoes with a bit of ballpoint ink, protect your investment by removing the stain as soon as possible. Rather than taking the shoes in to a costly shoe repair store, remove the ink yourself.

Rubbing alcohol may remove ink from leather shoes.

Step 1

Start working on the stain before the ink is dry, if possible. Dry ink may have already soaked into the leather. Test all cleaning products by first applying them to a small patch of leather inside the shoe.

Step 2

Dip a cotton swab into patent leather shoe cleaner. Work the cleaner into the ink stain by moving the swab over it in small circles.

Step 3

Wipe the cleaner off of the shoe with a soft, damp cloth and dry it with another cloth.

Step 4

Dip a new cotton swab into rubbing alcohol if the cleaner didn't remove the ink stain. Rub the alcohol gently into the stain until the ink lifts. Wipe the shoe with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth, once again.

Step 5

Recondition the cleaned leather by working leather conditioner or saddle soap into it with a cloth.

Elizabeth Arnold

Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.