Brake leathers are leather pads that are placed between the brake shoes and the brake drums. When the brakes are applied, the friction between the shoes and the drums causes the leather to compress, which in turn causes the shoes to press against the drums and slows the vehicle down.
Brake leathers are a type of friction material used in brakes. Their primary function is to provide a friction surface for the brake pad to contact, which creates the braking force. Brake leathers are made from various materials, including asbestos, Kevlar, and carbon.