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8 Ways to Spot A Fake Louboutin

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As my college graduation rapidly approaches, so did my likelihood of owning a pair of my very first Christian Louboutin pumps. I’ve lusted over these patent leather beauties since before I could drive and I vividly remember getting nearly chased out of a high-end department store for trying them on and being so young. Since the day I started the journey of college, I made it my goal to own a pair of these red soles by the time I graduate. With less than a couple months to go, I pull the trigger only to be shot down with disappointment – high quality replicas. I was beyond disappointment and filled with despair, I had been tricked.

But let me start from the beginning. Being on a budget, I buy most of my designer goods from luxury consignment stores or sites like Ebay, priding myself on my keen eye to easily spot fakes. Well, these coveted classic ‘So Kate’ pumps retail at about $675. Not cheap but in my eyes a worthy investment. But trying to say savvy, I turned to a resale app. The woman claimed they were new and only had been tried on and they were a gift and simply didn’t fit her. This made sense to me because the sizing was Italian and can be very confusing. I had her sent me pictures (that were not the actual shoes I received, I’m guessing she pulled the pictures from another listing) and guarantee that they were 100% authentic. Everything checked out and I was about to score my dream shoes at $500.IMG_9580_Fotor

After three weeks of patiently waiting, they finally arrived. I squealed as I opened up the branded box and held them in my hands. My heart sank, I knew instantly without even having to put them on that they were not the real deal. I actually started crying to be honest, six years of waiting for a moment of unparalleled feelings of helplessness, frustration and anger consumed me. Luckily enough, Zach just told me everything was going to be ok, we would get our money back and serve justice.

Long story short, we were lucky enough to be reimbursed. This is by no means a typical ending to a circumstance like this. So please, read these tips and use them as protective knowledge so you don’t get tricked the way I was.

8 Ways to Spot A Fake:

 

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1. Look at the sole. Christian Louboutin red sole is undoubtably his signature, which can also be the easiest way to spot a replica. Authentic ones will be a vibrant and glossy red, which will actually scratch off relatively easily during use because it is red painted leather (good thing to know if you are buying pre-owned). Most replicas are a bit darker in color and have a plastic or low gloss finish, which won’t be as “slick” to walk in and won’t scuff as easily. Almost all shoes will say “Made in Italy,” but how its presented can be a giveaway. Many replicas will say ‘MADEINITALY’ but authentic pairs will say “Made in Italy.” When it comes to sizing, half sizes will be displayed as 1/2 rather than .5.redsole

2. Authenticity card in box. If you find a little card claiming the authenticity of your shoes, this is a huge clue that they are fake. True Louboutins do not give away nor make these cards. Many designers do this, but Christian Louboutin is the exception.

3. The Box. The box the shoes come in can be a clue in determining authenticity of the shoes inside it. This may seem like a mundane clue but it is what validated that I had been scammed. Fake boxes will be not sturdy and even pliable – see how destroyed the corner of my box was upon arrival? Also, the word “Paris” should be located slightly closer to the logo rather than in the very bottom right corner (as you can see with my box). Boxes should also have a white sticker on the side disclosing the size, style and color. Mine did not come with one of these stickers. Also check the color, most fake boxes are slightly lighter, like mine was. But do keep in mind, some high-quality replicas are sold in authentic boxes to trick the customer.IMG_9539_Fotor

4. Inside the box. Authentic Louboutins should come with one large or two smaller dust bags, depending on which style you are buying. I happen to know that So Kate’s come with one larger dust bag rather than two smaller ones, which is what I ended up getting (another clue). They should be a vibrant red, not faded and a cotton material (not cheap felt). This one is important, they should come with a very little red bag, made of the same material, not plastic, that contains heel taps. I did not receive any which was my final clue in knowing that I had been scammed. 

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5. The Stitching. Christian Louboutin are impeccable quality and the stitching should be completely even and straight. The stitching should be very neat, close together and with no thread loose. This applies to both interior and exterior stitches.

6. Inside the shoe. Look at the fonts and the spacing of the letters. There shouldn’t be any overlapping and shouldn’t be thick. With fake pumps, the “Paris” should be lower down and not close to the Christian Louboutin logo. Also, many times, the word “Paris” is too large or a font that looks all capitalized, rather than only a capital P. This was my case.

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7. Overall Quality. Examine your shoes with a critical eye. Look at leather quality, if you are in person, a weird or chemical-like smell, peeling, red scuffs where it doesn’t belong or uneven edges. This can be very obvious in some replicas, but unfortunately, some make very high quality replicas in the same factories where the authentic are made in what they call Third Shift Factories, but with lower standards.

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8. Overall shape of the shoe. You can tell the dramatic arch of a Louboutin from a mile away, or at least I can. See the difference in the difference of shape between the ‘So Kate’ style found at Nordstrom versus the squared off arch I ended up with.

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I hope this is helpful for anyone who is buying or is considering buying Christian Louboutin shoes.

As always, thank you for reading.

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80 Responses

  1. BJ

    hi BrenNA,
    I LOVE YOUR POSTS. I RECENTLY PURCHASED lOUBOUTINS FROM CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN 2-STORY STORE IN PARIS ACROSS FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE @ RUE DU FAUBOURGH. VERY UPSCALE AREA, WITH ALL TOP DESIGNER SHOPS. I GOT BACK TO USA AND LOST MY JOB SO I AM SELLING THEM ON EBAY AND HAVE TWO QUESTIONS – 1) MAY I REFER TO YOUR “HOW TO SPOT A FAKE lOUBOUTIN” IN MY EBAY POST? 2) I HAVE ALL ORIGINAL BOX, lOUBOUTIN SHOPPING BAG, SHOE AND HEEL TAP BAGS, ETC., BUT ON MY SHOE BOX LID THE WORD “pARIS” MEETS YOUR DEFINITION OF FAKE; ITS ONLY 1″ ABOVE BOTTOM EDGE OF BOX AND 1/2″ FROM RIGHT EDGE. However I am sure they are real:-) any advice? Thanks so much!

    • Brenna

      Hi,

      Yes, you absolutely can! I did learn from some followers that only a few designs have the Paris in a different location. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

      xo,
      Brenna

  2. May

    Hi! Thank you for this iNfo. So kate is my favorite!! HopIng to own a pair sOon. Sorry for the hassle, i know You posted but I can’t see for Some reason, what are your favorite sites to buy from? Thanks!

    • Brenna

      Hi,

      I just purchased a pair, pre-owned from Luxury Garage Sale. Also, Treadesy is another good source.

      xo,
      Brenna

  3. hi Great post! I just bought a lovely pair of cross blakes in electric blue from tradesy.I hOpe THEY’RE everything I expect them to bE.

    • Brenna

      Thanks, Linda! Congrats on your purchase!

      xo,
      Brenna

  4. TERESA

    HI, I JUST purchased A PAIR that ARE BROWN WITH A WOODEN SOLE. I AM NOT SURE IF THEY ARE AUTHENTIC because The SOLE OF THE SHOE IS NOT ALL RED AND ON THE TOE AREA i of the shoe it’s MARKED CAT’S PAD.

  5. TERESA

    HI, I JUST purchased A PAIR that ARE BROWN WITH A WOODEN SOLE. I AM NOT SURE IF THEY ARE AUTHENTIC because The SOLE OF THE SHOE IS NOT ALL RED AND ON THE TOE AREA i of the shoe it’s MARKED CAT’S PAD. DOES the company USE CAT’S PAD?

    • Brenna

      Hi Teresa! Everything I know is in this article. When in doubt, go to a Nordstrom and have them verify it for you!

      xo,
      Brenna

  6. Laurie

    I recently purchased a pair of louboutins feom tradesy. They appear to be authentic according to your tips. However, the last owner had a non slip sole (brand NAME vibram?) added and that fact was in the description. Is this common and does it devalue the shoes?

    • Brenna

      Hi Laurie,

      To my knowledge this is pretty common and I don’t think it does. Congrats on your new shoes!

      xo,
      Brenna