Patent Leather Men’s Dress Shoes – When Can You Wear Patent Leather Footwear – Male Dress Shoe Tips

Patent Leather Men’s Dress Shoes – When Can
You Wear Patent Leather Footwear – Male Dress Shoe Tips Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real
Men Real Style. Today, we’re going to be talking about patent leather dress shoes and when
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that came in, “Patent leather, I was wondering if you could do a video on the subject of
patent leather dress shoes. I love the shiny gloss look and I could never seem to get this
in my regular leather shoes despite how much I polish. I’m considering a pair of patent
leather dress shoes, but since I’m worried it may be looked upon as boyish or cheating
similar to a clip-on tie, I wanted to ask your advice. Also, is patent leather considered
too formal to wear as an every day type of shoes type? I think I have only seen them
when I’ve rented a tuxedo. Thanks a lot. David in Kansas City.” Okay David, so yes, I think that they are
too formal to wear as an every day shoe, so let’s go ahead and throw this out there. I
think there are three occasions in which you should be — and I see patent leather dress
shoes being worn. Exactly what is patent leather? Patent leather is that leather that almost
doesn’t look like leather. It looks like a shiny plastic, glossy. This is something
where it’s built in to the actual shoe and this is where it looks like a mirror. Now, where do I see this? I see this in black
tie, I see this in the military dress, and I see this in children’s shoes, so unless
you’re in one of those three descriptors, unless you are wearing black tie or you’re
in a military uniform such as dress blues in the United States Marine Corps in which
we would actually wear that, or even with our alphas, and the other place is for children. Now, why do we see it in each of the areas?
Well, with black tie, it’s pretty much one of the official shoes you can be wearing.
The other one is the opera pump. I’m not going to get into what that is, but that’s basically
a slipper and you can go look at it. I talk about it on my website, but patent leather
is something that you could wear and it’s not cheating. It’s just something that has
gone with black tie and with formal wear for decades and decades. It used to be that you actually wore your
classic oxfords and you just polish those and polish those and made them look great.
Because you can’t get a similar shine, you need to know how to spit shine and get that
really nice gloss on there, but it’s a lot of work, so some people sometimes go with
the patent leather. Again, unless you’re fitting one of those three descriptors, do not go
with it. Why do you see it in children’s wear? Well,
I think it’s basically — and this is sort of a form of cheating. It’s when parents want
to show that their children are dressed up. I’ve got three kids, so I know this. You do
not want to be shining your kids’ shoes. Also, kids’ shoes, they grow out of those things
really fast, so you want something you can put on their feet and it’s going to look dressy.
It’s going to have that shine and that’s why you see them in kids’ dress shoes. In the military, it actually predates formal
wear, and I believe formal wear actually incorporated that from the military as most of what you
see in formal wear and men’s style. It has some type of origin coming out of the military.
So again, if it doesn’t fit one of those three areas, I would avoid wearing it. It
is sort of looked at as cheating because we can all tell that you didn’t shine that.
Everyone knows what they are. So David, for your own personal style, if
you’re wanting to go out there and this is what you like and you want to draw a little
bit of attention to yourself and you’re a younger man, I don’t know, who am I to stop
you? Go out there and do what you want, but that would be my advice. All right. If you enjoyed this, I would love
to hear from you in the comments. Otherwise, I’ll see you in the next video. Bye-bye.


  • Thanks! I'm certainly not the type that likes to stand out and draw attention to myself. I guess I need to learn to take it up a notch with my polishing.

  • Thx great vid

  • Hi, Great video, do you have any tip for buying jeans when you have nickel allergy? Thanks

  • @MrFrostglow Thanks for the comment – unfortunately this isn't my expertise and i would advise asking a denim expert such as Casey over at The Butt Therapist.

  • @samthefryingpan Sir – I appreciate you and every subscriber. But I have to assume every person watching this video is a new viewer and thus I do it for them. I think you will agree the small annoyance is worth the free quality content. I wish you the best down there in Australia sir! – Antonio

  • @dsmith308 I didn't mention it, but there are some patent leathers on more casual shoes that may look acceptable. But these are rare birds and if you're using a pair of these you might be OK. But at the end of the day most of the time you should be polishing vs. relying on the leather finish.

  • @plum413 You are welcome sir!

  • If you like the Patent look, maybe get some custom made shoes that are say, one potion Patent and another potion Suede or something else. That would stop people from saying "Are you off to the Ball?" and have people saying "Hey, those are different!" This would obviously not be appropriate for Business or Formal Ware but would be fine with smart causal outfit or anything else of course. Just a suggestion.

  • @jackeddemon You're right – close enough to military though so I didn't mention.

  • How do you feel about Ecco dress shoes with a suit? Is there a style you recommend?

  • These videos need more views. Way informative.

  • I do not own patent leather shoes so when I want to look snazzy I have the shoe shine at my barber give my the "Platinum" shine and I could shave myself in the reflection. Its inexpensive and looks better than patent.

    For the regular guy who is not going black tie but once or twice a year they seem unnecessary.

  • @alcaeus Great advice – sounds like you have a great system!

  • @Blythe31 Thank you!

  • @seanbone Keep it classic and simple. I own a pair of Eccos but they are too casual for anything but grey flannels and a casual jacket on a rainy day.

  • @ditbot This is creative……

  • I am an officer in the Navy and still view them as cheating a bit. That alwy

  • … Always seem to scuff very easilly as well.

  • @hofii2 They're not the toughest ones out there, for sure.

  • Could not disagree more. I've seen patent leather shoes on runways with jeans and suits. Who is this clown?

  • I enjoy watching your videos and hearing your perspective on things. I bought a pair of black brogues not too long ago and I polished them like there was no tomorrow. They have a shine very similar to patent leather. I wear them like I do casual dress shoes. My favorite clothing to wear them with are a black collar shirt, a black belt, a black fedora and blue jeans. I've gotten many compliments with that style and even a military man was impressed with the shine of my

  • @Aronhiioman317 Wow – sounds like you put forth the effort – GREAT job and congrats on the confidence you must have now!

  • @hofii2 Agreed:)

  • @arb30324 Funny!

  • @RealMenRealStyle Thank you Antonio, you are a great uplifter!

  • I've heard and seen the word patent leather in conversations and literature. I thought they were referring to particular shoes that had a special trademark or patent. I'm not a huge fan of the shiny look-ugh, I think they look. While enlisted in the USN I invested in a pair for wearing with my dress whites, dress blues, and the cracker jack uniform that I can't remember the name of. I don't think I'd wear them for any other occasion though. Great, straightforward, and intelligent videos!

  • do you have patent leather dress boots, like half boots which could be used for stage wear?

  • I agree that patent leather is out of the question for casual wear, at least for me. Also, I think that each of the three uses you describe are totally appropriate.

    However, I own a pair of patent leather cap toes that look amazing with a suit.

    I can spit-shine with the best of them (I still have my class A jump boots to prove it), but sometimes you want that extra flair.

  • I think patent leather shoes are ideal for weddings. Whether your attending the wedding or part of it, it just sets the mood perfectly.

  • Next time when you talk about a certain item, please include a picture across the screen so we know what you are talking about .. visual makes a big difference .. keep it up! 🙂

  • This video was made two years ago. I am now seeing typically casual styles of shoes in a patent leather which is confusing. So has the trend changed that it is now ok to wear patent leather with casual wear? thanks!

  • Patent leather is able to be worn casually. Young or older- you can wear them with slim jeans/trousers. It depends on the person wearing them. I feel that if you are afraid and self conscious and not confident, you won't pull an edgy style off well. Also if you're fat.

  • @drew brown. I agree with you.

  • I go to The Citadel a very traditional military college. I can speak from experience that it is possible to get a pair of shoes to out shine patent leather shoes or Corframs. The only way to do this is through the good old fashioned spit shine. I prefer to use Bostonian shoes and Lincoln Shoe Polish. When this is done right the shoes has a richer tone of black and less of a plastic look.

    You are right that the military first started the process of waxing their shoes or boots. This was done to aid in water resistance, remove scuffs, and keep the leather supple; before shoes came with the man made coating we see on new shoes today. Over time it was done for aesthetic purposes. Unfortunately the military has downgraded to Corframs. I personally find them a disgusting shortcut, but that comes from my father who also attended The Citadel and was in The Army. He raised me to believe that a man should put work into his appearance to show attention to detail. That's just my opinion though.

    You can achieve a nice lightly polished look on shoes without going to the extreme that I do. It will give a nice clean look and will also protect the shoes.

  • I'm thinking of wearing a patent leather shoes to a wedding, what do you think, is it appropriate?

  • Hello Antonio,
    Great channel, love your videos. What is your take on using patent leather shoes for interviewing at jobs? Are job interviews considered "black tie"? Thanks

  • you can wear patent leather shoes any time the weather permits .

  • Air Jordan 11s…

  • Patent leather is not 100% so no thanks!

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  • I wear patten leather with all my suits. As they come in a plethora of colours one can have a set to match every suit. And you can find semi-formal to casual shoes in patten leather from oxfords to derbies. Stacy Adams has a great collection of patten leather shoes in many colours as well.

  • pics?

  • jump to 0:40 if you want to skip hearing this man telling you how much he loves you and that you can have is Nobel-prize winning e-book on how to differentiate between left and right socks for free

  • As an older man (age 88) who enjoys ballroom dancing, I often wear black patent leather shoes at a dance.

  • Wear Patent Leather and support the troops!

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