patent leather love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Black leather finished to a hard glossy surface and used especially for shoes and clothing accessories.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Leather that has been given a high gloss, shiny finish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a varnished or lacquered leather, used for boots and shoes, and in carriage and harness work.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. leather with a hard glossy surface


So called because it is made by a once-patented process.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • For instance, one woman may choose to wear her classic navy blue blazer traditionally, paired with her best tan trousers, a silky white blouse, black patent leather pumps, and a strand of milky pearls, whereas another woman will create a look that thumbs its nose at convention while using the instant-recognition factor of the jacket in a slightly coded manner.

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  • I unzip the sports bag and identify my possessions: one dinner jacket, dark red with matching trousers, one dress shirt, white, one cummerbund, silk, and the whole lot rolled into a tight ball round my patent leather shoes.

    the mission song

  • Obedient to my sense of duty, I handed her the last vestiges of my former glory: my dinner jacket trousers not yet run in, my Turnbull & Asser bow tie to match, my pleated dress shirt of best sea-island cotton, my onyx dress studs and cufflinks, silk socks, patent leather shoes.

    the mission song

  • Hunt for unique and classic details such as candy-colored patent leather from the seventies, status-label prints and patterns from the eighties think Gucci, or even a fun 1950s woven straw bag.

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  • Nilly complained, tap-dancing in his new patent leather shoes so they clicked on the marble floor.

    Bubble in the Bathtub

  • Its color is black, or dark blue, as are also the revers, the collar and the cuffs; with it are worn black, tight fitting knee breeches, black silk stockings, and low patent leather shoes with gold buckles.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • Not total darkness yet, the massed trectops, some of their leaves showing wet like patent leather with the light from the moon that shone like a bright dollar in the sky.

    the dirty duck

  • Suddenly, Archie Marlin caught up with us in his imitation patent leather shoes and his shiny gray suit, with his glossy red hair parted in the middle.


  • Cinch the self-belt if it still remains affixed, or add your own contrasting belt in patent leather or a fun faux snakeskin.

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  • Ever see patent leather shoes, Eena? asked Banty, with some disgust.

    The Shagganappi


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  • Patent leather is leather that has been given a high gloss, shiny finish. The original process was developed by Newark, New Jersey–based inventor Seth Boyden in 1818 with commercial manufacture beginning September 20, 1819. His process used a linseed oil–based lacquer coating. Modern patent leather usually has a plastic coating.

    February 18, 2008