Is patent leather shoes called that because leather has a patent?
- Old Man DirtLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
Seth Boyden reverse engineered a leather sample from Germany and developed a way to get the smooth glossy appearance to grained leather. His method never patented became the standard industrial process used. Actual patents were granted to Edmund Prior and to Charles Mollersten for their ways of achieving the same results different ways.
But in the 1960's the term came to mean a plastic leather substitute. This was a marketing ploy more then anything else. "Patent Leather" sounds a lot better then "Fake leather" or "Plastic leather".
So what was patent leather in say the 1940's is not the same thing as patent leather today. In 1940 it would have been real leather, but today it is not.
- KiethLv 71 month ago
It's fake leather.
- SandyLv 71 month ago
The process of getting the leather to look like that does have a patent. That's where the name comes from.