One material that we personally feel doesn't get enough love is patent leather—it's totally the underdog when it comes to buying any type of leather accessories. It's time we change your minds!
We already know that you guys think anything in leather is automatically better, but when you take a look at a black leather shoe and then compare it to the same style in black patent, it's clear that the patent choice simply stands out more. It's easily the best material to buy a statement accessory in, especially in color (or holographic, perhaps?). Stand out if you dare! Patent leather also nods to '60s mod style. Look for a patent boot that screams go-go dancer in white or red to channel your inner Twiggy. You'll stand out, be on trend, and—not to mention—will have a great and weather-appropriate shoe, should it happen to start raining.
Check out our top selects of the moment in the gallery.
ASOS, Smart Belt, $18, view at ASOS.
Chiara Ferragni, Emoji Slip-On Sneaker, $310, view at Nasty Gal.
Christopher Kane, Safety Buckle Patent-Leather Shoulder Bag, $1,376, view at Net-A-Porter.
Dr. Marten's, 1461, $110, view at Dr. Marten's.
Robert Clergerie, Alice Patent-Leather Slip-On Loafters, $495, view at Matchesfashion.
Cooperative, Patent Mini Saddle Bag, $19.99, view at Urban Outfitters.
Aldo, Maccari, $45, view at Aldo.
Forever 21, Faux Patent-Leather Sneakers, $24.90, view at Forever 21.
T.U.K., Iridescent Brogue Creepers, $95, view at NYLON Shop.
Repetto, BB Low-Cut Ballerina Patent, $275, view at Opening Ceremony.