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  • Words by Mr Chris Elvidge, Senior Copywriter, MR PORTER

Permit us, if you will, to indulge in a somewhat laborious analogy: if a pair of Nike Flyknits are a lightweight sports car, and a pair of Red Wing boots are a 4x4, then a glossy, beetle-black pair of patent-leather shoes are a chauffeur-driven Mercedes limousine. You wouldn't want to use it to navigate a muddy country road. You wouldn't expect to be able to set a particularly quick lap time in it, either. But for certain occasions - especially when black tie is involved - there is simply no other way to arrive. Click through the gallery, above, to see six of our favourite pairs.