In the late late sixties and early seventies white patent leather was “the” summer shoe. I can’t say the same holds true today.
I’m a product of the sixties and a huge fan of the music it created. One of my favorites is the break out reggae/ska songs,“ The Israelites” by Desmond Dekker.
Check out this 1969 live performance in Belgium. You may want to pay particular attention to the time at 1:12: those white patent leather shoes and heels were “the bomb” as we used to say. A great summer song, his energy is simply uplifting.