What are “Leather Cuffs”?
Leather cuffs are used in bondage and BDSM as restraints. They take the same basic form as metal shackles or cuffs. Leather cuffs can be used on the wrists, ankles, or any other part of the body they are made to fit.
Leather cuffs share the same properties as most other kinds of cuffs used for BDSM and bondage. They are comprised of two basic parts, the circular cuff usually tightened by a buckle, and a fastener. The fastener can be for a bridge between the cuffs to keep them at a fixed width, or for attachment to other pieces of bondage equipment or fixed points.
While they are called “leather cuffs” there can be other materials used in their construction as well. This includes metal buckles, rings for accessories or bondage, the padding on the inside of the cuffs not made of leather, and more.
Leather cuffs can be worn as an accessory, used directly for bondage, or both. Many submissive’s prefer the soft qualities or the padding on their skin. Metal cuffs or other materials may be too harsh and cause bruising or abrasions. Outside of general BDSM use, the leather subculture tends to use leather cuffs more frequently for fashion and play.
Dos and Don’ts
Choosing the right type of leather cuff to be used is important. What sizes of leather cuffs will the sub be wearing? Will it be a tight fit or will there be a bit of space to allow a slight movement? If there is movement, padding tends to be an important factor so that it will not irritate the skin with regular rubbing.
As with all bondage circulation and the relative comfort of the sub are a concern. If cuffs are secured too tight it can cause loss of circulation. Outside of that leather cuffs are extremely safe to use and are much easier to be released from than other styles. Depending on how the leather is processed, there may be some risk of an allergic reaction. Due to the organic and porous nature of leather, proper cleaning and storage are required between uses.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Shackles and fetters are similar types of bondage gear to leather cuffs. These are made out of metal and also serve to bind the wrists and ankles of the wearer.