Cut or torn leather on a shoe, jacket, or bag is unsightly. When the manufacturer rejects mending it or when the damaged item is not valuable enough for the cost of a cobbler, leather glue may be a quick and cheap solution.
We tested Aleene's leather and suede glue on 3 different materials: calfskin leather, faux leather, and micro suede.
Each material was cut and then glued back together.
The black calfskin received one small side cut and a large corner cut. The tan faux leather and micro suede received a cut through the middle.
So, how did it hold up? The black calfskin had the best result. After drying, the cuts became much more unnoticeable. However, if the tear was very large, it may be really challenging to align all the torn or cut leather correctly.
The faux leather did not mend well. While the cut is held together, it is very visible. And, the glue left some visible residue.
All materials remained flexible, and the bond was reasonably strong.
We also ran the leather under water to see how moisture would impact the mend. A light wipe-down did not effect the repair, but if you were to submerge the entire leather or thoroughly wash the fix, it would become undone.
From our small experiment, the leather glue performed best on the genuine leather.
We hope that this article helps you in possibly saving a treasured wardrobe item. Thanks for reading. For other possible solutions, check our our previous posts about fixing scuffs on leather, and the results of a leather repair kit.