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How to spot fake Christian Louboutins


I need to stress that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to verifying authenticity of Christian Louboutins.  Often it’s a combination of factors and sometimes it’s just gut feel.  Also, there’s only so much I can capture in photos but sometimes it’s the feel of the shoes and the box and dust bags.

Authentic

Fake

The ‘Paris’ on the fake box on the right is more squished than the authentic box.

Top and middle: Authentic
Bottom: Fake

You can see the grain on the authentic boxes but not the fake box. The logo is also completely off-centre on the fake box, the print quality is poor, and the letters blend into each other.

Left: Authentic
Right: Fake

All authentic boxes will have that sticker at the front of the box with the style name, size, barcode and Louboutin logo.

Left: Authentic
Middle and Right: Fake

The authentic dust bag is thicker and better quality.  The colour of the fake dust bags is a deep maroon red instead of the vibrant Louboutin red.

Top: Authentic
Middle and Bottom: Fake

The printing is clearer on the authentic bag (look closely at the ‘b-o’).  The font used for ‘Paris’ is also different.

Another thing with dust bags is I’ve only seen one larger dust bag with authentic Louboutins, but glitter or strass Loubs come with 2 smaller dust bags (thanks Lily!).

Authentic

Fake

The authentic one is overlocked on the inside whereas the fake has a raw hem and really poor quality (wide, uneven) stitches.

Left and Middle: Authentic
Right: Fake

The authentic boxes are thicker and sturdier than the fake box.  The fake box has huge dents in it and feels flimsy compared to the authentic ones.

Authentic

Fake

The brown paper is lifting up on the fake box and the corner isn’t flush like the authentic box.

Left: Fake
Right: Authentic

The shades of red on the sole are different but authentic Louboutins do come in an assortment of different shades of red so that alone isn’t an indication of authenticity.  The stamping into the leather on the fake shoe is very light and the Louboutin logo is not very clear.

Authentic

Fake

The top left picture shows the innersole sits flush against the sides whereas the fake one is lifted up somewhat.  The top right picture shows the grainy-ness of the ‘leather’ innersole as opposed to the smooth authentic innersole.  The bottom right picture shows lack of definition in the Louboutin logo and gold coming off.

Left: Fake
Right: Authentic

I know it might seem silly/insignificant but the tissue for the authentic shoes is very lush and soft whereas the fake tissue is hard.  You can’t tell from the photo but the fake tissue is 2 different coloured tissues scrunched up together.

Left and Middle: Authentic
Right: Fake

Again it might seem insignificant but the fake box doesn’t have box tissue which all authentic shoe boxes will have.

Authentic

Fake

The authentic Pigalles have a pointier toe than the fake ones.  It’s also hard to imagine without a foot in the shoe but the authentic ones would show off much more toe cleavage than the fake ones.

Again I need to stress that any of the above in isolation is not enough to verify authenticity.  It’s generally a number of factors that contribute.  Also, I cannot be held accountable for the decisions you make regarding authenticity based on the information I have provided.  There are paid authentication services available so if you are unsure please consult them.

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4 thoughts on “How to spot fake Christian Louboutins

    • Practice makes perfect! If you familiarise yourself with Louboutins and in particular the styles you want to buy, it makes it easier to spot a fake. Things like the general shape of the shoe, the high-cut or low-cut-ness of the toe cleavage area, etc. Otherwise jump over to the purse forum and get the lovely ladies there to help you out!!

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