How To Clean, Shine And Protect Your Patent Shoes
Patent leather shoes are a necessary part of any tuxedo ensemble and can dress up and add elegance to a more plain outfit. But the moment your shoes look dull or dirty, this sophisticated look is doomed. Patent leather shoes are constructed of regular leather, but with a hard, high-gloss finish over the surface to give them their distinctive shine.
Originally, patent leather was produced by applying successive coats of a linseed oil base lacquer to leather to produce the glossy, impermeable finish. Today however, most modern patent leathers have a plastic coating of PVC or polyurethane to give that high-gloss finish.
Over time, the gloss will become dull and need to be restored. To keep its high-shine look, it’s important to use the right products. Regular shoe polish just won’t work!
Caring for Patent shoes is relatively simple.
Step 1: Wipe the surface of the shoe with a damp cloth and a bit of soap.
Step 2: Immediately buff with a dry soft cloth until you are happy with the shine.
Step 3: Use leather dye to hide any scuffs and wear on the leather soles. We recommend TopShine Leather Dye.