Here’s A Quick Way to Fix a Cut in Leather Boots

Leather boots aren’t just stylish but also among the sturdiest footwear you can get around. They are also expensive making them harder to replace. This means you can’t just toss them into the bin if the fabric got ripped as you strolled on the sidewalks.  

This DIY repair guide takes you through some simple steps you can employ to fix small scuffs and cuts on your treasured leather boot.

How to fix a cut in leather boots

Fixing the Cut using a Leather Filler


  • Leather filler
  • Sanding paper
  • Blunt knife/plastic rule
  • Leather lacquer

Step 1: Clean the boots

First off, remove any dirt or debris on the section you want to repair. This ensures any adhesive material you use will stick and hold the parts firmly. Use a detergent and a bush brush to clean the boot and rinse with clean water.

Let the leather dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2: Prepare the area to be repaired

Leather is rather tough to work. To make it malleable, gently heat the area you want to repair till the leather is flexible. Use a hair dryer as you can control the rate of heating and safeguard the leather. The amount of heat shouldn’t be excess of what can burn your hand.

Step 3: Scrub the surface with a cloth

In addition to heating the affected area, it also helps to soften the edges around the cut using a clean towel. Just apply circular massage all around the edges and the pressure will make the edges easier to work on. An alternative method would to apply jelly on the edges and working it into the leather.

Step 4: Apply heavy leather filler

First off, seal the cut with a duct tape from the interior before applying the filler. This safeguards the interiors of the shoe.

Using a blunt object such as plastic rule, fill the crevice with the filler until it is all covered. Once the damaged area has been covered, remove any excess filler and let it dry.

Step 5: Sand the repaired area

On drying, the leather filler has a scaly appearance that’s hard to polish. To smooth the surface, sand the area with a 220 sanding paper grit to remove the excess dried off filler.  You can source the sanding kit from any leather product’s store.

Step 6: Apply a leather lacquer

A leather lacquer gives the repaired area an equally glossy appearance as the other part of the shoe. It’s advisable to first apply the coat on the affected area and letting it dry.

Once dry, proceed to apply several coats on the whole shoe to give the leather an even appearance.

Using a Leather Stripe to Repair a Cut in a Leather Boot


  • Leather glue (waterproof)
  • Leather stripe
  • Sanding paper

Step 1: Clean the boots

The area to be repaired should be clean and dry. Use a wet towel and Castile bar soap to clean the boot and the stripe of leather. Rinse the towel and use it to clean off any soap residues on the surface of the boot.   A clean and dry surface forms a durable adhesive bond compared to apply glue to a surface full of debris.  

Step 2: Gluing the surfaces

Apply a thin layer of the glue on both the boot surface and the leather strand. Stick the glued side of the leather stripe on the boot and hold firmly for a tight seal. Use bands or tape to secure the boot and the leather stripe in this position and leave the set up for 3 hours to firm up and dry.

Step 3: Clean the boot

Once the glue has settled on the boot, smooth out the edges of the leather stripe you fixed on the boot. This makes less visible and also makes it easy when polishing the boot. Clean any glue that outside the leather patch.

Step 4: Apply leather lacquer

 Give your shoe the longest-lasting shine by applying a coat of leather lacquer.  Remove the laces and stuff some old newspapers into the shoe for clean, even application.  Let the boot sit for around 48 hours before wearing them. This ensures the bond has firmed up enough to withstand any environment.  

How to Stop your Leather Boots from Cracking

The fabric of your leather boots can crack due to wear and tear, the leather drying up, or out of accidental damages. To protect your leather boots from wrinkles and cracking, you need to moisturize the membrane on a frequent basis.  

Below is a simple regimen to keep your leather boot nourished regardless of where you use it, how old it is, or the frequency of use.  

  • Clean them often

Since leather is a porous material, it easily traps dirt, grime, and oils. These irritants cause the fabric to weaken, dry up, and crack. That’s why you should clean your boots soon after use to remove these devious elements. Using clean water and soap is sufficient to dislodge the destructive elements from the surface.

  • Condition your boots

Exposure to sunlight doesn’t only cause leather to lose some its attractive hue but also leaves the fabric to dry and start flaking.

To get the best results, condition the boots immediately after cleaning them. Heat the bots a little with a hair dryer. This makes it easy for the boots to absorb the conditioner.

Depending on your preferences, you can use you can either use a synthetic conditioner or go for dubbing wax.

  • Storing your boots the right way

It’s important to dry your boots after cleaning. Even then, avoid exposing them to direct sunlight or using a heat source as this will lead to fading or cracking.

Likewise, avoid storing the boots in poorly ventilated areas such as the garage, car tracks, and garages. Stuffing newspapers into the boot can fasten the drying process under stable temperatures.  

Wrapping it Up

Leather is sturdy and can withstand abuse that comes with using it in harsh environments. As the fabric ages, though, it weakens and becomes prone to wear, and cracking.

Understanding how you can fix cuts and condition your leather boots will help prolong their service span and save you money that you could otherwise spend in purchasing new boots.

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