DIY Upcycled Shoes with Leather Glue

Do your boots need an extra kick to bring them back to life? Aleene’s has got a go-to glue for you! Check out this helpful upcycled shoe tutorial from Kristie Lauren and learn how refresh a pair of leather boots with Aleene’s Leather & Suede Glue. This fast-tacking leather glue dries clear and flexible, and won’t soak through or stain — making it perfect for crafts and upcycling projects like this! 

What you need:
  • Aleene’s Leather & Suede Glue
  • Star embellishments
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Cotton swab or paintbrush (optional)

  • Step 1 Supplies for upcycled shoes

    Gather the supplies for this upcycled shoe project and make sure your leather boots are nice and clean. Use a soft-bristled brush to remove any dirt and debris from the shoes.

    Step 2 Apply glue to back of embellishments

    Apply the leather glue to the back of your embellishments directly from the bottle, or using a cotton swab or paintbrush for more even application. For an even stronger bond, roughen the surface of the leather with sandpaper before gluing the embellishments. 

    Step 3 Secure embellishments onto leather boots

    Cracks or scuffs on your shoes? No need to worry! For these upcycled shoes, were covering any unsightly marks with sparkling star embellishments. Place the stars onto your boots in the desired location, and apply ample pressure to glue them into place. Be sure to press down on each tip of the stars to secure these sparkling embellishments!

    Step 4 Completed upcycled shoes with leather glue

    Once the leather glue has dried completely, your refurbished leather boots are ready to wear! Who knew upcycled shoes could be this stylish? 

    Are you using Aleenes Leather & Suede Glue for your leather upcycled shoes? Show us your style and tag us on social media @AleenesDIY!

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