Patent leather

Patent leather is a leather which has a shiny, glossy finish. The patent leather process was invented in the late 1700s in Brussels, Belgium. Later, various formulas for the process were patented in England. In 1819, Seth Boyden brought the patent leather process to New Jersey. Ironically, Boyden never patented his process. True patent leather is obtained in a linseed oil lacquering process, modern patent leather has a plastic coating. Patent leather may be any color, but is typically black. Today, only the highest-priced patent leather articles are true leather, most are various types of imitation leather. Patent leather is cleaned, not polished. Many items are made of patent leather or faux-patent leather, including shoes, purses, wallets, coats and belts.


Along with the clinging garment she wore shimmering pantyhouse and black patent leather thigh-high booties.  (The Daily Mail)

Shoes made up of patent leather strips to form stripes. (The New York Times)

The former wore sleeveless Preen by Thornton Bregazzi dress with horizontal paneling and matching patent leather booties by Chelsea. (The International Business Times)

“Patent leather has a plastic or synthetic coating, so inherently [shoes are] going to be a little bit stiffer,” he says. (The Wall Street Journal)

This ties back to the trend toward more tailored looks, but the return of patent leather also relates to the rebounding economy, Bradford says. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Patent leather is particularly susceptible to color transfers, so make sure not to let any light-colored patent shoes or accessories come into contact with dark leather pieces in your wardrobe and use shoe bags and dust bags whenever possible. (Cosmopolitan Magazine)

This Versus show – the first staged in London – whizzed by in a blur of energy, binliner-shine patent leather, bouncing blonde Donatella hair and exposed skin. (The Independent)

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