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How to Repair Dog-Chewed Leather Boots

Lane Cummings

Living with and loving a dog can be one of life's great gifts. Dogs offer unconditional love, offer plenty of play time and are a constant companion, allowing you to share your life with them.

Share your life with your dog, not your boots.

Dogs come with responsibilities like taking them for walks to give them plenty of fresh air, as well as keeping items they like to chew such as electrical cords and shoes out of reach. Sometimes we can forget to secure our footwear. Luckily, if you have a treasured pair of leather boots that have gotten chewed by your furry buddy, you can usually restore them.

Tip

Before giving up on boots that have been ripped open by your dog, take the pair to a specialist to see if they can be sewn shut. Chewed heels can also be replaced.

  1. Rub a piece of 150-grit sandpaper over each bite mark. Your goal is to rub out the indentations of the teeth using the sandpaper. Go slowly, using the edge of the sanding block.

  2. Wipe down the leather boots with a tack cloth to remove the dust from sanding. Add a tiny amount of leather shoe conditioner to the bite marks on each boot. Rub in the conditioner with a lint-free cloth and buff it in. Allow it to penetrate for at least 30 minutes.

  3. Dab a small amount of shoe polish onto a lint-free cloth and buff the shoe, rub it in using circular motions. The sandpaper should remove the indentations and the shoe polish will cover any discoloration.

  4. Buff the shoes to a shine with a clean cloth.

The Drip Cap

  • Living with and loving a dog can be one of life's great gifts.
  • Dogs come with responsibilities like taking them for walks to give them plenty of fresh air, as well as keeping items they like to chew such as electrical cords and shoes out of reach.
  • Add a tiny amount of leather shoe conditioner to the bite marks on each boot.
  • Rub in the conditioner with a lint-free cloth and buff it in.