Though many styles come and go, patent leather has been a fall staple in the US since Seth Boyden of New Jersey introduced it in 1818 by reverse engineering a sample from Germany. This fall, patent leather shoes are a “must have” on any well-dressed person’s list.
Patent is characterized by its high-gloss, glassy finish. To make patent leather, a varnish or lacquer is applied in the final steps of the tanning process. The care is quite easy as the finish makes these shoes fairly stain repellent. Simply:
Use a baby wipe to clean off any surface dirt.
Dry with a clean soft polishing cloth.
Wait for 24 hours, then polish with saddle soap and apply leather conditioner or mineral oil.
Do not use rough or scratchy washcloths, hard brushes, bleach or excessive water. They will cause scratching or could make your patent dull.
Samuel Hubbard offers a beautiful collection of patent leather shoes for women. You can find them here.