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Shoe trends: Black patent leather

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Shiny and chic

From Mary Jane's to pumps to sandals, black patent leather shoes are taking center stage this season. Patent leather can be sleek and glamorous, or flirty and fun. With the wide assortment of black patent shoes available right now, this is one shoe trend that you shouldn't miss out on!

Mary Janes

Courteney Cox wore these gorgeous black patent leather Mary Janes recently. The great thing about Mary Janes is the round toe makes them much more comfortable than your traditional pointy toe pumps.

If you are looking to purchase shoes similar to Courteney's Mary Janes, there are many stylish and affordable options available. Here are a few of our top choices.

Steve Madden Seleena Pump
These sleek black patent leather shoes feature a 1-inch platform and a 4-inch heel. You can wear these shoes with everything from slacks to mini-dresses. At just over $100, you can't beat the price at Endless.com.

Gabriella Rocha Ginger Mary Jane
If you are looking for a lower heel, these black patent leather Mary Janes are a great option. With a heel just under 2 inches, these shoes are both comfortable and stylish. You can order these from Zappos.com for just under $60.

Bandolino Yanita Mary Jane
Bandolino offers this round toe pump in shiny black patent. These Mary Janes feature a double ankle strap, which is an adorable touch. You can get these shoes right now from Shoe Buy for $68.95.

Peep-Toe Pumps

Fergie wore these sexy, peep-toe pumps with a big platform sole to the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Peep-toe pumps are a fantastic, flirty choice in shoes. Just remember to get your pedicure done!

Patent leather peep-toe pumps are everywhere. Whether you are looking for something chic and simple or a little more eccentric like Michelle's shoes, you can find an assortment of peep-toe pumps to fit your style, mood or occasion. These choices would be great for everything from the office to Happy Hour.

N.Y.L.A. Irma Pump
For just under $100, you can get this racy patent leather pump that's perfect for a special date or an evening out on the town with the girls. The crisscross styling and spiked heel make these shoes a fun yet bold choice. Order these from Endless.com for $99.95.

Arturo Chiang Oceana Pump
This unique shoe features black perforated patent leather combined with a white toe cap, sole and heel. These shoes will definitely get some attention, whether you are wearing them in the boardroom or the bedroom. These peep-toe pumps are available from Lord & Taylor for $120.

Steven Belove Pump
This striking shoe has a lot of style. The cut-out sides and round buckle closure create a distinct pump that any girl would love. These sexy black patent leather shoes are $123.95 at Zappos.com.

Gladiator Sandals

One of the most popular styles of sandals for Spring is the gladiator sandal. These flat sandals have several straps and often feature studs and other embellishments. Look for gladiator sandals in slick black patent leather and other shiny materials.

Other trendy sandal styles include patent leather wedges and T-strap sandals. Wear these sandals with everything from capri pants to summer dresses.

Tory Burch Hera Patent Gladiator Sandals
The black patent gladiator sandal pictured here from Tory Burch features logo-engraved studs along the main strap. These comfortable shoes also come in white patent leather. You can get these from Neiman Marcus for $275.

Via Spiga Uster Black Patent Sandals
These slip-on thong sandals are perfect for a casual look when the weather heats up. These gladiator-style sandals are the ideal complement to spring and summer dresses. You can get these at Zappos.com for just under $160.

Juicy Couture Lucinda Black Patent Open Wedge
This chic T-strap sandal features a black patent leather covered wedge and other nice details. The gold-tone disk along the T-strap has the Juicy Couture crown engraved on it. You can get these sandals from footnotesonline.com for $285. These sandals are also available at major department stores, such as Nordstrom.

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