Perfectly Patent

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patent-leather

Patent leather

is one of the sleekest textures, and whether it's in the form of constructed bag

or a skinny belt, the shiny material certainly makes a statement. This applies to shoes as well, and after some research, I soon came to realize that the styles available are endless. Here are some of my varied favorites:

1.

Platform Zipper Bootie

: GoJane, $21.99. As a pretty blatant replica of Christian Louboutin's

Laponos

, I think these are a fabulous alternative. The small zipper adds a dash of street appeal to these classic loafers.

2.

Mary Kate Topstiched Platform Sandal

: bebe, $

139

$83.99. I cringed slightly when I realized these were from bebe, but how could I not love gray patent with contrast stitching? Paired with some opaque tights, these would be such a great party shoe.

3.

Clinton Bootie

: Report Signature, $224.95. The pyramid studded strap with ultra shiny patent leather is a winning combination.

4.

Vulture

: Steve Madden, $109.95. These lace up booties would look so cute with preppy, over-the-knee socks like

these

.

5.

Master Ivory Patent

: Jeffrey Campbell,

$98

$73.50. In the past, I would have saved these platforms for Summer, but I'm drawn to their wintery-white color and little holes where brightly colored tights could peek through.

6.

Wing Tip Patent Booties

: Charlotte Russe, $26.99. These are great for a menswear-inspired look, but in a festive, deep blue.