Can You Wear Patent Leather Shoes in Winter?

Evan Rachel Wood rocks patent leather heels to speak during 2011 Winter TCA press tour.

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Patent leather shoes are traditionally restricted to spring and summer wears, but in recent years fashion has evolved. "It has not only been okay to wear in the fall and winter, it has actually been a trend," says Jennifer Davidson of Current fashions include light tones that translate for fall and winter wardrobes, too. Even more important than the color of the shoe is the style and what you wear it with to make it cold weather appropriate.

Classic Pumps

Whether closed-toe or peep-toe, patent leather pumps are staples for any fashionista. They translate well from office wear to evening wear. "Black patent leather pumps, for example, can add a whimsical and feminine touch to menswear-inspired clothing during the day -- and it's also a beautiful complement to a sophisticated cocktail dress," according to the StylePhyle website. Peep-toe pumps are also great in blush, nude or black patent leather -- plus all three colors work well when paired with black tights for winter.

Open-Toe Heels

Typically you wouldn't subject your tootsies to the cold with open toe heels, especially in patent leather, but with the right accessories you can! Wearing a nude or cream colored trouser sock or stocking with blush or nude sandal heels is a hot new streetwear trend for pants, skirts or dresses. It is comfortable enough for the cold, and allows versatility for your shoes. Also, try a jewel-toned pair of tights with open-toe black patent leather heels. The look is perfect when paired with a structured shift dress and adds an unexpected element of shine at your feet.


Oxfords are another trendy piece available in patent leather. Black oxford pumps give a chic tuxedo element when worn with black pants with a white button up -- not to mention they are perfect for winter. For flat patent leather oxfords, which are a little more masculine, try a flowy chiffon skirt with scoop neck sweater.


For boots, keeping the patent leather to a minimal will prevent you from looking tacky. Ankle boots with mixed materials such as patent leather and suede are great options for fall and winter wardrobes. Try pairing with loose-fitting pants rolled up to a couple of inches above the top of the boot. Stay away from patent leather tall boots -- there is too much of a Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" resemblance.

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