How to Repair Nicks in Leather Boots

Updated March 23, 2017

Repairing a nick in leather boots can be done with products that are available for purchase at any local department store or shoe repair store. For damages that go beyond nicks, it's best to take your leather boots to a professional for repair.

Apply leather lotion to the nicked area. Use a damp rag to rub the colourless lotion on to the part of the boot that needs repair. The leather lotion will help to moisturise the damaged area as well as help to prevent further damage.

Apply shoe polish with a damp rag. The shoe polish should be the same colour as the leather in the boots and should be applied on top of the leather lotion. The most effective shoe polish for repairing nicks in leather boots will come in the form of a cream. The cream will be effective in repairing deep nicks and scratches.

Buff the leather boot. Remove the shoe polish with a dry towel. Carefully buff the area of the nick to ensure that the colour of the shoe polish blends in with the colour of the boot.


For the best results the colour of the shoe polish should match the colour of the boots.


Using a coloured leather lotion could cause a mismatch between the shoe polish and the colour of the leather.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather lotion
  • Damp rag
  • Dry rag
  • Shoe polish
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