Those who wouldn't wear a patent pump with black-tie are the same who woudl hesistate to wear a pink Brooks button-down oxford.
I don't know, I'd count myself in the latter (that is, would wear the pink button down) while I don't think I can pull off the pumps. I've seen very few patent leather shoes that don't look 'cheap' to my eyes, including expensive ones. I think many people feel the same. Calls to mind adolescent memories of proms and pimples...<shudder> The sad part is that too many never wear evening clothes outside of prom and their wedding, which is even dwindling fast. Tom