How to Patch Leather Boots

Last Updated on October 21, 2022 by Sarah Jaffe

I remember the first time I ever had to patch my leather boots. I was out hiking with my friends and we were all wearing our new leather boots. We had just gotten to the top of the mountain when I slipped and fell, scraping my boots against the rocks. I was so upset because I knew that my boots were ruined. But my friends told me not to worry, that I could just patch them up when we got home.

So, when we got home, I went online and looked up how to patch leather boots. I found a few different methods, but I decided to go with the one that used a leather patch. I followed the instructions and patched up my boots. And you know what? They looked better than ever! I was so happy that I had been able to fix my boots myself.

If you have a pair of leather boots that need to be patched, don’t worry! It’s actually quite easy to do. Just follow the steps in this article and you’ll have your boots looking good as new in no time.

How Do You Repair Damaged Leather Boots with a Patch?

Leather boots are a good investment since they may be worn for many years. However, mishaps do occur, and you may detect some cracks or cuts in the leather shoes. The severity of the damage on the shoe will determine whether or how it can be repaired.

If the cut does not look too bad, then using some delicate techniques will help fix the issue. To repair scuffs on leather boots, grab your shoe repair kit and follow these instructions.

Supplies you will need:

  • Gloves made of latex, vinyl, or polyester
  • Pieces of vegetable-tanned leather
  • Thread
  • Leather glue
  • A tiny paintbrush

Step 1. Untie all the laces from the boot

leather boots on a uneven surface

Take out the boot laces. This will make it easier to form the patch correctly. When removing the laces, bear in mind that any threads that are already snapped should be handled with your hands.

Step 2. Cut the fabric into the desired shapes for your patch

Use a ruler to cut out your patch’s rough shape, creating a pattern in the process. This will help you hand-stitch them together more easily.

To avoid significant overlap and too much excess fabric, you will need to cut out the pattern before beginning to stitch.

Step 3. Apply glue or any adhesive

Then, using a small paintbrush or your fingertips, carefully distribute the adhesive across the leather tufts, this is crucial since if there’s too much or not enough, it won’t adhere properly, resulting in wasted time.

After you’ve found a good patch of leather, gently lay it over the cracks in your boot, making sure to stop at the stitches.

Step 4. Place your patch between two pieces of leather for additional reinforcement.

For extra support, place your patch between two pieces of leather. Then, stitch your boots using a needle and thread in a tight, neat pattern around all sides of your patch. Discard any frayed threads by carefully removing them. Let the glue dry completely overnight so that it will be effective and stuck on properly.

Step 5. Other potential solutions

If you want to fix your leather boots in another way, using mink oil is an excellent idea. Mink oil is a natural ingredient that helps keep and soften the leather. To accomplish this, moisten a tiny cloth with mink oil and apply it to the leather. To prevent slipping over your boots, make sure you remove all extra oil from the surface. 

If you follow these steps, mending two layers of leather will be a breeze and your repair job will be extra sturdy. Certainly, this procedure may be adjusted to suit the degree of damage to your boots or the state of the existing material; nevertheless, they should get you started.

Why Do Leather Shoes Eventually Crack?

Cracked leather Shoe

1. Inadequate Maintenance And Care

A lack of proper care and maintenance usually results in cracked leather shoes. Leather is created from natural goat, cow, or other animal skin. When the animal’s skin is still on the animal, it gets all of its cleaning and nutrition from the animal’s blood.

You must clean and nourish them in various ways after they are removed from the animals and turned into leather. Because of this, it’s critical to apply mink oil, neatsfoot oil, or another leather treatment to the shoes. Leather shoes, on the other hand, require more care. They must be cleaned and conditioned on a regular basis to keep them looking new.

2: Low-quality leather

Manufacturers sometimes use inferior materials that make your boots more prone to cracking, or the leather might be of poor quality. For example, if you just purchased new boots, they will most likely crack if you don’t provide a reasonable amount of time for them.

However, if you buy second-hand boots, they may already be fractured. Holes in boots make them more likely to crack because they are likely to become damp and chilly due to their heat retention.

3. Creases in your leather shoes

Creases on your leather shoes are ordinary, and they typically show up around the toe and heel area, as well as the sides. Creases are an inevitability for anyone who wears leather shoes.

This is due to natural body motions and the weight of your foot when you wear them, which causes creases.

By and large, wrinkles must be handled early to stop them from getting worse. After you wear your shoes, it is important to take the time to treat any creases by rubbing in some leather conditioner.

4: Wearing shoes that don’t fit correctly:

Wearing shoes that don’t fit correctly: According to many experts, one of the primary reasons that leather shoes crack is that people wear shoes that don’t fit them correctly. When shoes are too tight, they put pressure on the leather and cause it to crack. For a proper fit, there should be about a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

Cracks may develop if the leather shoe can’t bend or flex appropriately. This isn’t just limited to the size of your leather shoe, though. In order to avoid cracks, it is crucial that you find shoes that fit your style. If you’re wearing ill-fitting leather shoes, for example, this might cause the leather to break.

5: Leather Shoes Can Crack Due To Mold Growth

When it comes to leather shoes and other leather products, molds are quite common. Mold thrives in humid, hot locations, which is why this is generally the case. If you want to keep your leather products in good shape, you must preserve their moisture and oils.

When your leather shoes are exposed to moisture and heat, it creates an ideal environment for mold spores to land and grow. Mold will develop in this environment, and if you don’t eliminate them, your leather shoes may crack and deteriorate.


Original leather boots are a must-have for anyone who wants to keep up with the latest fashion trends. It’s vital to have exceptional footwear in colder months; you need a dependable pair of boots that will keep your feet overheated, even when layered with thick socks and clothing.

Year-round, leather shoes are hassle-free when you properly take care of them. Over time and with continued use, they will become dull and may eventually lead to cuts. There are a few different ways to repair cuts in leather boots, but it is important to learn how to properly fix them.

I hope this guide was helpful and now you can easily patch your leather boots. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!


Can you repair a hole in your boots?

If the hole is small, you can try to repair it with beeswax or a leather patch. If the hole is bigger, you might need to replace the boot. Plus, if the hole is in a seam, it might be difficult to impossible to repair.

What type of material do I use to Patch leather?

The finest method to repair leather is with a genuine leather patch. You can usually locate them at most craft shops, or you might be able to salvage one from an old piece of furniture or clothing. If you don’t have a leather patch, consider using fabric or vinyl instead. Keep in mind that these materials won’t appear as natural as a leather patch and may not last as long.

How do you buff scratches out of leather?

Use a cloth to apply colorless shoe polish directly onto the surface of the scratches. Wipe away any extra residue with a clean and dry towel. You can also remove the scratch by using a leather conditioner like Leather Honey. If necessary, apply a small amount of olive oil to help integrate the damage into the leather surface.