tacky and you know it 'Wellyhead' proper sartorial elegance comes with effort, clip on bow ties and patent leather are the thin end of a cheap polyester wedge that seemingly is now being considered as style and elegance.
Thnaks for the replies so far and I have had a proper word with myself and after many. many press ups I have come to the conclusion that they still are to be shunned at all costs, I shall now roundly beat the fellow who looked at me agog when I said I didn't like them and stated they were "much proper"
Back in the days when ORC was a doer, evening dress included patent leather shoes. If you equate George boots with evening functions, it would seem they should be patent. The market trader's boot worn by many should not however be patent.