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Patent Leather Men's Dress Shoes - When Can You Wear Patent Leather Footwear - Male Dress Shoe Tips

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Real Men Real Style (1 year ago)
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Jason Dai (18 days ago)
DANA (6 months ago)
I wear them all the time.
Matt T (9 months ago)
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.
FrostyFilA (1 year ago)
Plz view my channel
Litho Gonzalez (2 years ago)
Patent leather is not 100% so no thanks!
Gerardo Rodruiguez (2 years ago)
Air Jordan 11s...
NateRB (1 year ago)
Gerardo Rodruiguez these people with Italian type style don't do urban type dress. They can't pull it off.
Revmostrite (2 years ago)
you can wear patent leather shoes any time the weather permits .
trophywolfe (6 months ago)
+Kristofer Pham jordan 11s aren't good to be wearing in rain or slushy conditions
Kristofer Pham (2 years ago)
Can you tell me more? Ty
ne0huang (3 years ago)
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
Khmer Pryde (3 years ago)
I'm thinking of wearing a patent leather shoes to a wedding, what do you think, is it appropriate?
Khmer Pryde (3 years ago)
Thank you, I'll read through the article. 
Real Men Real Style (3 years ago)
+Khmer Pryde If the dress attire is formal, then yes you can wear it with a black tie :) http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/patent-leather-dress-shoes-transcript/
Matthew Chalfant (4 years ago)
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.
@drew brown. I agree with you.
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.
Ian Howerton (5 months ago)
I was with you until you said fat
henry hobson (5 years ago)
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!
animationmake (5 years ago)
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! :)
I think patent leather shoes are ideal for weddings. Whether your attending the wedding or part of it, it just sets the mood perfectly.
Bart Steed (2 years ago)
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.
Larry D Kelley (6 years ago)
do you have patent leather dress boots, like half boots which could be used for stage wear?
noni kuai (6 years ago)
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!
Karonhiio (7 years ago)
@RealMenRealStyle Thank you Antonio, you are a great uplifter!
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@arb30324 Funny!
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@hofii2 Agreed:)
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@Aronhiioman317 Wow - sounds like you put forth the effort - GREAT job and congrats on the confidence you must have now!
Karonhiio (7 years ago)
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 shoes.lol
Drew Brown (7 years ago)
Could not disagree more. I've seen patent leather shoes on runways with jeans and suits. Who is this clown?
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@hofii2 They're not the toughest ones out there, for sure.
Mark Hofer (7 years ago)
... Always seem to scuff very easilly as well.
Mark Hofer (7 years ago)
I am an officer in the Navy and still view them as cheating a bit. That alwy
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@ditbot This is creative......
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@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.
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@Blythe31 Thank you!
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@alcaeus Great advice - sounds like you have a great system!
alcaeus (7 years ago)
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.
Blythe31 (7 years ago)
These videos need more views. Way informative.
seanbone (7 years ago)
How do you feel about Ecco dress shoes with a suit? Is there a style you recommend?
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@jackeddemon You're right - close enough to military though so I didn't mention.
ditbot (7 years ago)
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.
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@plum413 You are welcome sir!
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@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.
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@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
Real Men Real Style (7 years ago)
@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.
Robin F (7 years ago)
Hi, Great video, do you have any tip for buying jeans when you have nickel allergy? Thanks
plum413 (7 years ago)
Thx great vid
dsmith308 (7 years ago)
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.

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