Important notice:
All our products have been subjected to exhaustive testing. However, since every leather is unique, both in terms of the raw materials, products employed and tanning methods used in its preparation, we recommend that a test be made on a less visible part of the article prior to the application of any leather care product.

How to clean and shine

Patent leather

Assorted Red patent leather women's shoes and handbag

What is Patent Leather?

Patent leather is normal leather with a high gloss finish. To obtain this hard glossy surface, in the final steps of tanning, a varnish or lacquer is applied.

The use of the word Patent most probably refers to the meaning of protection, and ironically, the process was invented by an American named Mr. Boyden who omitted to patent his inventions and did not benefit financially from it...

Its unique high gloss finishes has made patent leather very popular for dance shoes and tuxedo dress shoes but it is also used for handbags, purses and clothing.

How to clean and shine patent leather

How to clean and shine men's black patent leather shoes

“I'm currently in the Military Forces Honor Guard. And we normally wear Patent Leather shoes. All I have to say is OH MY GOD! I love the Vernice product that I bought. Patent leathers is normally shiny and Vernice makes it shinier and cleaner. The shine even last for days. All I have to say is I love it! Thanks!”

J. M. , NY

There are only two simple steps to care for patent leather: cleaning and shining.

Cleaning should be done after each use with AQUILA gentle leather cleaner and a soft cloth; otherwise dirt starts attacking the varnish, eventually reducing its shiny finish.

Using AQUILA not only prevents the side effects of chlorine and minerals contained in water, it makes it very easy to dissolve dirt or grease accumulations (such as fingerprints marks).

Cleaning the leather as above will go a long way in keeping your patent leather shiny. But applying VERNICE will go the extra mile! This will give it the “red carpet” glow!

VERNICE (pronounced VERNI-TCHEI) can be applied with a soft cloth. Spray and spread the VERNICE evenly and leave to dry. It dries in only a few seconds and there's no need for buffing.

VERNICE protects and shines, and especially beneficial for dance shoes, it lubricates leather and helps prevent scuff marks and scratches. It will not stay greasy or sticky so it can be used on everything, including purses, belts, etc.


  • Some sites recommend petroleum gels and other methods that simply do not work! DO NOT use grease or Vaseline!! Sure it may look somewhat shiny but then, literally a minute later, dust starts sticking, it starts looking kind of muddy, and there goes the shine, the class and the sex appeal!

How to clean and shine women's black patent leather shoesHow to clean and shine women's black patent leather shoes
Women's black patent leather shoes


Chic, elegant, classy and sexy are words that can fit many types of leather but, when it's time to dress up, patent leather shines!