Patent-leather is traditional leather that has been treated with a lacquer to give it a high gloss finish. Although patent leather is very easy to maintain with a little '"wipe-off and go," it is often prone to irreversible scratches and scuffmarks. And unlike regular leather, a quick touch-up with shoe polish will just not do. The solution? Either proceed with caution to avoid knicks all together, or try Vernice- a silicon-based solution, which lubricates the leather and helps prevent those pesky scratches while it simultaneously shines your shoes.
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