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Caring for patent leather boots?

Alozano

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I saw these beautiful boots on Louboutin's online store, the Rosalio ST
I'd love to get a pair, but I noticed these are in patent leather. I saw some things online with people claiming it's very easy to damage and difficult to care for, is this true? Or is it no worse than any other leather? Does anyone have any experience with boots made from this material and can give any input?
 

suitedcboy

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Patent leather is more or less leather that is coated with plastic. This is from an article on the product:

Disadvantages of patent leather​

  • Discolouration and darkening
  • Prone to scuffs and scratches
  • Chemical odour
  • No patina
  • Can become sticky
  • Creases and cracks are irreversible
My experience is as described above. It is OK for tuxedo shoes you will wear for a few hours few times per year. I also had patent leather not last but 3 years before delamination and splitting occurred. I'm not sure if any improvements have occurred since my bad experience 25 or so years back.
 

maxalex

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I would not buy those boots unless you already own multiple pairs of brown leather and suede chelsea boots and chukkas and will wear these only occasionally when channeling your inner David Bowie.
 

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