OK I don't have any true patent leather shoes but do have the following and have a black tie event tomorrow and can't quite choose between them. Any thoughts would be appreciated. 1) Loake 1880 "Wells" (plain black captoes). These are highly polished to the point of having a mirror finish on the toecap. They're what I usually wear to black tie events but am wondering if I'm being too boring and something different might be nice. 2) John Lobb "Lord" (green suede "slippers" but with proper heels and soles). I wonder if these might be a nice touch - sort like a opera pumps but are they just too casual? And is the fact they're green just too much? Anyway, I'll decide for sure tomorrow but would be interested in hearing your comments. For reference, it's my workplace's summer ball, but should be fairly laid back. It's also Black Tie Preferred and since it's open to all employees at all levels, I suspect about 20% the guys will not have black tie but will come in dark suits. The girls are all getting seriously glam'ed up! Also for reference I will be wearing a 1B, SB peak lapel dinner jacket with grosgrain facing, turndown collar pique shirt with a mother-of-pearl gold stud set and engraved gold links.