As boring as it may sound sometimes, we all need black shoes. Speaking from personal experience, I will say that my wardrobe suffers when I don’t have good black shoes of all types to wear. That’s why I always take note when something new and fresh happens in the black shoe arena, but the latest one to emerge this season bowled me a bit: patent leather shoes.
So far, the first thing that came to mind when I thought of high-shine shoes were the tap dance recitals from my childhood. The next thought that would come to my mind were the patent leather Mary Janes that I would pair with little white dresses before I was 10. But I’m happy to say that 2018 was the year my perception of patent leather changed. It makes everything you wear a little more refined and chic in an instant, and the shiny style is a lot less boring than its matte black and suede counterparts. I have to admit they grew on me. (Bonus: they’re pretty much waterproof.)
This year, it’s impossible not to notice that patent leather shoes have been making a comeback lately. Cool brands were selling them and celebrities, influencers and the fashion crowd wore them. To share the wealth of outfit inspiration, I’ve pulled a few of my favorite street style examples for your scrolling pleasure and found the best pairs on the market to buy right now, including none look like tap dancing.