Patent shoes...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Tom, Jan 9, 2004.

  1. Tom

    Tom Senior member

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    What do you guys think about wearing patent shoes (or at least "really shiny" shoes) as normal professional wear?
     
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    Patent shoes would be acceptable if you have to wear black or white tie for your profession. Otherwise it would be vulgar.
     
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    Patent leather if for formal occasions. However a spit shine on shoes is always a good idea.
     
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    Patent leather shoes do NOT work with professional attire. But they look great with a velvet jacket or morning coat and a pair of jeans, or even just an untucked shirt and jeans. I've got a fabulous pair of Tod's driving shoes in patent leather that look fantastic with anything casual.
     
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    Tom: Patent leather is acceptable only for Formalwear or if you're in the military and lazy. Patent - leather processed on the grain side to form a bright hard brittle surface. Â Used for formal footwear. Â The process of varnishing materials goes back centuries and was widely used on woods and metals. Â French leather makers, using this process, developed a highly polished leather in the early 1800's. Â In 1822 Seth Boyden, a harness maker in Newark, New Jersey developed a shoe leather modeled on the European process and applied for a "patent ". -- from The Encyclopedia of Men's Clothes Andy
     
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    Thanks for all the replies guys. I guess I'll avoid it. [​IMG] -Tom
     

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