Monday, February 17, 2014

Caring for Patent Leather Shoes

Patent leather has traditionally been seen as a fabric for tuxedo shoes.  It "patented" glossy shine is appropriate for formal occasions and is now gaining popularity in office settings.  See Hugo Boss Black Carl loafer and Prada double monk strap shoe below:

I recently purchased a few pairs of patent shoes.  I've realized it's much more difficult to wear them for everyday use and that they require greater attention and care than matte leather.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • Creasing - working in a highly physical environment can put strain on the patent and cause noticeable creases across the front of the shoe.
  • Intense shine - patent shoes by nature reflect light and can stand out easily from the rest of your outfit.  Wear them with a patterned suit or a dark sport coat to dress up your overall look.
Caring for patent leather is key to increasing its longevity.  Here are some tips to keeping them looking fresh:
  • Clean and wipe off water and dirt using smooth shoe polishing cloths.
  • Shine leather using shoe polish to maintain its glow.
  • Avoid shoe sprays or brushes as they are not necessary and can hard the patent material.
  • Insert shoe trees after each use to minimize creasing.

Patent leather shoes are a must-own item.  Look out for them on your next venture to the shoe store.  You'll be sure to receive compliments.

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