Originally Posted by tjc4golf
Thanks to all who have responded with suggestions.
It sounds like a few people have had sucess with the crazy glue but Man of Lint warns it could dry the leather. Has anyone who has used the crazy glue experience drying? Man of Lint, is this
the same type of contact cement that a cobbler would use?
Hi tjc4golf, yes the reason I advised the contact cement is because I have been down this road myself several times. First time I tried exactly this type of repair I also did the crazy glue and it soaked enough into the leather flap that the flap crumbled because of the glue.
Later experiences I used regular Contact Cement in a small tube, available in any hardware store.
I used a toothpick to apply a tiny bit of the cement in a very thin coating on both the leather flap
and also the sopt on the shoe where the flap will cover. Very little was needed. I let the cement dry and with tweezers, I re-positioned the flap back over the hole, then pressed very hard, then, using the back of a spoon I 'rolled' the spoon over the area to further smooth out the repaired area.
Then I also worked the spoon over the raised 'scratches', again, trying to smooth them. Then polished and buffed normally.
As to the example you gave on that link, there are many different brands of contact cement.
I am not a cobbler by trade, but I myself used brand X from my local hardware store.
For a repair this small I'm fairly certain that any contact cement will do.
Nice thing about contact cement is if any excess pokes out of the repair seam,
it can be rubbed off with your finger or a clean cloth, whereas crazy glue cannot be rubbed off.
With the contact cement you may even get a second or third chance if the first attempt fails.
If you have some scrap piece of leather there, try slicing a flap on it and doing a test until you build confidence to do the shoe. It's not hard to do.