I am glad it's not just me and you are right about it not being momma's black patent! I had just gotten used to only seeing it at certain times of year or rarely and now there are so many different colors and styles to choose from. Just when I do not need to spend any more money. lolNot just you - patent leather seems to be everywhere! Not that I am complaining! It's been a while, so I wouldn't mind if it hung around for a few seasons. Of course much more than that and I get sick of it. But I am loving the colors. It ain't just your momma's black patent!