Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 53 customer ratings
(53 customer reviews)


8-Way Lead ™ – a 6 ft. long 8 position leather leash

  • Six foot long, multi-functional leash
  • Approx 82” end to end, bolt snap on each end
  • Makes a 6, 4 ½, 3 ½ foot lead
  • Floating ring for slip-collar
  • Hands-Free over-the-shoulder leash!
  • 8 positions—you may even discover more

Want to see it in action? Watch a video demonstration of the leash!
See us make this leash live on the morning news! 9 News KUSA, Where in the Town 

“I recently made my first purchase from Bold Lead Designs and I couldn’t be happier. I experienced fantastic customer service and received a beautifully made product. The 8-Way Lead is perfect for my GSD and our active lifestyle. I will definitely be buying from this company again! Thank you very much! — Jordan”



Switch Hardware Color?

Our standard color combinations are:
Tan Leather with Brass (gold) Hardware
Black Leather with Stainless Steel (silver) hardware


8-Way Lead ™ 

The 8-Way Lead ™ is our most popular leash design. This European style, multi-functional, braided leather lead is the most versatile leash available. This leash can do almost anything!

Features a bolt snap at each end, 3 fixed rings, and one loose ring. This leash does NOT HAVE A LOOP HANDLE, rather it has a bolt snap at each end so you can use the leash in any configuration. Available in 4 sizes, choose the width when you order.

Check out the illustrations to see what this leash can do. This super sturdy yet supple lead goes beyond the standard dog leash. This multi-function lead can be clipped to a collar or harness, or may be used as a slip-collar for effective yet gentle training. The lead can be shorted or lengthened at any time: Makes a 6, 4 ½, 3 ½ foot lead. Excellent as a hands-free leash that can be worn across your body by placing the leash over your shoulder (approximately 4.5 ft. from your shoulder to the dog). For dual control, you can connect one end of the leash to a training collar, and one to the regular collar. Great for use with head collars or harnesses.

Great for Schutzhund/protection work, obedience training, service dogs, and everyday use.

This is the best quality leash you will find anywhere. There is no stitching to come undone or rivets to wear out. We use only the best and most durable leather that is always soft to the touch and only improves with age. All edges are beveled for a smooth feel. Top quality hardware assures strength and durability. We believe so strongly in the quality of our work, we offer a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

Select Leather:

Our Golden TAN BRIDLE Leather is 100% American vegetable tanned leather, made with NO dyes or toxic metallic chemicals. Reminiscent of fine English horse tack, this leather is superior in quality to any other leash you’ve seen. Every leash is HAND-OILED to bring out the softness, so your leash arrives supple and feels great in your hands immediately and only improves with age. The color will darken with use and age. Solid brass hardware.

Our lovely BLACK LATIGO is solid black, and superior to ordinary leashes in texture and quality, cut from select from USA hides. It is incredibly durable, yet is very flexible. Feels great in your hands and will simply get better with age. We use only the highest quality stainless steel and chrome plated solid brass hardware (silver finish).

Choose Width Size:

Small (3/8” / 7mm. width)—Best for smaller and medium sized dogs. Lighter weight leather is braided at both ends; this narrow width is very secure. Small yet strong hardware.

Medium (1/2” / 11mm. width)—Great for medium sized dogs, yet sturdy enough for larger dogs. Great for people with petite hands, or who prefer a lighter weight leash. Braided at both ends. *Most popular choice!*

Large (5/8” / 14mm. width)—Sized for larger dogs, size fits well in your hands. A good sturdy weight with larger hardware. Screw posts used for durability at the “dog end” of the lead.

Extra Large (3/4” / 17mm. width) —Sized for large, giant, and very strong dogs. Great for people who like a big, sturdy leash. Heavy duty hardware. Screw posts used for durability at the “dog end” of the lead.


Standard bolt snaps are shown; they are the highest quality and most reliable snaps we’ve found. Special hardware or modification is available by request.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 6 x 6 x 1.5 in
Leather Color



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53 reviews for 8-Way Lead™ – 6 ft. versatile leather leash

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    This leash is great, and I love all of the options! I’ve had it for over two years now through rain, snow and sun the leather and hardware have really stood the test of time.
    There is only one thing I think should be mentioned, I have a 40lb beagle-mix who really pulls, and purchased the thickest option, however the leather still stretched quite a bit at one end. The integrity of the leather was not compromised and the leash has lasted this long without issue or appearance of breaking down further.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    The lead is a lovely combination of being functional, aesthetically pleasing, and reasonably priced. I’ve been searching for a lead just like this for months and am quite happy with BLD. Not too mention, it shipped fast.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen B (verified owner)

    I love this leash! It makes life so much easier with my service dog as I can use it in a variety of ways. I bought an extra to leave in the car in case of emergency, but I haven’t needed it except for the time I forgot to put the leash on the dog after harnessing him up and he got into the car. When the second one arrived, I realized how soft the first one had become through our daily use; just like fine leather does with time. This is the only leash in my future.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kim H.

    I love this lead! I am in a wheelchair most of the time so the hands free feature makes walks go much smoother. The leather is supple and the craftmanship is outstanding.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emily (verified owner)

    I bought this leash mainly for the hands free option since I have a service dog and need to be able to use both of my hands. The hands free feature is very nice, but I also discovered how useful all of the other positions are. I especially like that I can tie up my dog without having to take off the leash and loop it around with I am attaching him to. I use this leash every time we do out into public and I love it!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jan P

    I love the 8 point lead. The leather is wonderful. I have a large dog and love the hands free aspect to the lead. It’s variable lengths also give several options for control in different settings.
    An awesome product!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Allison Strong

    Love this lead! The quality and craftsmanship is excellent!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jamie Popper (verified owner)

    I love this leash! I love it so much that I purchased TWO! The leash comes perfectly soft, but only becomes better with age. BLD recently posted a picture on their instagram that shows the difference between brand new leather and 5 year old leather. Yes, this high quality leather lasts a lifetime. This company uses the best leather I have found. I will continue to purchase from them in the future! :D

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love the soft leather and the versatility of the leash. I usually use it over my shoulder but can also use it at full extension to let him sniff and explore. It is a nice quality priduct

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    I use this lead for everything. This is absolutely the first lead I grab for clients and handlers who need to learn to be more hands off with their dogs. This lead (without the braids) is also one of my personal favorites for my own service dog and working dogs. The leather breaks in beautifully, the hardware is sturdy but not overwhelming, and it is a sturdy lead that even in the thinner widths I prefer is strong enough to hold back the shepherd puppies who are pretty rotten about pulling on lead.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lola (verified owner)

    This is a great tool and it is beautiful. It does everything and it works for every situation. The leather is perfect and of very high quality. What I love the most is that it has the feel of durability, and for me that is essential. It is an object that will last long and that matters to me, cause I do not like to buy buy buy. This is a good investment.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lori (verified owner)

    The 8-Way Lead is absolutely the best & most versatile lead I have ever used!
    The quality is amazing and will last a lifetime, and has a great guarantee.
    I own 2 collars and 2 BLD leads…. and will never use anything else.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Zoe K. (verified owner)

    Ordered all the way from Singapore because couldn’t find anything like it here!

    A well-made, quality product that is as convenient and versatile as it is good-looking. Use it every day…paired with the quick release matching leather collar with metal buckle.

    Meg the Mini Schnauzer is without doubt, the best accessorised dog on the block.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Patricia Meredith

    I bought this lead because of the description, although I rarely have been happy with any leather lead. I thought I would use it occasionally but it has become my first choice. The leather quickly softened and feels wonderful in my hand. I have a service dog and it is the first lead I have had that I can use comfortably (hands free) in a buffet line! After two years it stll looks great.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is the best leash ever. It is so versatile and I love being able to use it in so many ways. I am able to bike with my dog without any interference. Thanks for such a great product!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacki (verified owner)

    I decided to order this leash after my dogs trainer allowed me to borrow hers during a training session for hands free walking. My dogs trainer said that she has her leash for years, but there were no signs of wear. I loved the hands free option, so I decided to invest in a nice leash that would last many years. I am so glad that I did! We get compliments all the time on the quality of the leash and the different options. I love that I can have her close to me when walking in crowds, or give her more of a lead, but my favorite option is the hands free. I have noticed such a difference in training and her walk. The leash is beautifully crafted and the leather is soft. This is the perfect versatile leash for anyone who would like options for walking their pup.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    Love this leash! It is both elegant and very functional. Very durable, but the leather is very soft and subtle. It’s convienent for both city walking and taking a stroll through the woods. It’s also wonderful to use for hands free handling!! I recommend this leash to everyone!!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brittney Jarman (verified owner)

    This is an amazing leash that both my husband and I use on our dogs and we couldn’t be happier with it. We can use it in so many ways hence the “8 way lead” name so I can go from holding the leash to in seconds have it over the shoulder! We plot the widest width out of our preference and given we have large dogs too! Highly highly recommend to everyone that I come across!!!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dana Rankin

    My favorite leash. The leather has worn welll. Still looks amazing 2 years later. Extremely functional. I get a lot of compliments on this leash. So practical for walking more thsn one dog. My labrador puppy modified my 8 way lead. I sent it to Katrina and she fixed it no problem. It is as good as new! Love this lead.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jessica (verified owner)

    I bought this leash about two years ago for my min pin, Reggie. He is not the greatest on leash so I like that I can change the positioning based on how much control I need on him. I also like that it is 6 ft so that when we’re sitting the park (We live in NYC) it gives him a bit extra length to run and play. After two years it’s still in excellent condition AND he looks great wearing it! :)

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