How to Restore Leather Boots at Home in 6 Simple Steps

Holly Grace
by Holly Grace
9 Materials
12 Hours

Want to learn how to restore leather boots? You’ve come to the right place! I have this expensive pair of leather boots that ended up stained and looking old.

I tried cleaning them and made them look way worse than they already were! Now the leather is a little eroded and they have lots of scuff and scratch marks…oops!

I couldn’t bear to throw these boots away, so I decided to restore them without breaking the bank. This is really a brilliant hack on how to restore leather boots with household items and some paint. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Boots
  • Fabric paint
  • Brush
  • Cloth
  • Wet towel
  • Avocado oil
  • Iron
  • Transparent paint
  • Dishtowel
Leather boots with stains and scuff marks

Close-up of the stained boot

Mixing fabric paint

1. Mix paint

I’m mixing fabric paint to try to get as close to the boot’s color as possible. To do this, I mixed a dark tan color with an off-white creamy color. This may take some time to perfect, but it's well worth it. 

Applying a transparent medium

2. Apply transparent medium

Leather is naturally very dry, so to moisten it up a little, go over your boot with a transparent medium.

Applying fabric paint over the medium

3. Apply paint

You want to use the transparent medium wet, so quickly apply your mixed paint color over top. You do not want the transparent medium to dry; otherwise, it won’t adhere. So, be sure to work fast!

Rubbing in the fabric paint as a stain

4. Rub it in

Rub a cloth over the painted area. This will act as a “stain” to get into all the crevices. The trick here is not to let it dry out on the boot. 

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Like this, it covers the harsh white erosions that I had created before. 

How to restore leather boots with household i

5. Apply avocado oil

Brush avocado oil on your boot and buff it in. This will help revive and refresh the leather.

Applying avocado oil to the leather boots

Then, go ahead and do the same process to the other boot. Leave both boots to settle overnight. 

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6. Iron the boots

Shove a big dishtowel into your boot, right to the end. 

How to restore boots by ironing

Puff up the top of the boot to kind of get rid of the wrinkles.

Leather boot restoration

Lay a wet cloth over top and place an iron on top to try to iron out some of the wrinkles. I’m using a crafting iron, but a regular household iron will do. 

Leather boots before and after

How to restore leather boots

How to restore leather boots

Here are my leather boots, all cleaned up! I was able to get rid of all the scruffy white marks. Although they are not exactly the way I bought them, they are totally wearable.

I feel this leather boot restoration really did the trick, don’t you think? There are tons of leather shoe repair kits out there, but they are costly. So, why not try an inexpensive route?

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to restore leather boots and that you give these hacks a try! 

Suggested materials:
  • Boots
  • Fabric paint
  • Brush
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  • CukaFig CukaFig on Apr 30, 2022

    Great job, this is a fabulous tip! Thanks for sharing 😊👍🏻🌻