With so many Christian Louboutin shoes being repaired at Baxter & Black, I often get asked how I can tell if they are real or fake. Here is a list to help you out:
The famous Louboutin Red Sole
The easiest way to tell is the red sole. It should be vibrant red, shiny leather, with a slight curve to the edges. It shouldn’t be plastic, resin or flat. When worn, it will look like scruffed-up leather.
The Louboutin Dust Cover
The shoe bag should be high-quality felt with a crisp black logo and the word ‘Paris’ on the bottom right. The logo doesn’t necessarily have to be centred. Check the type is the correct shape compared to the logo. It will have a black drawstring at the top.
The Louboutin Box
The logo on top is crisp and white. Check the type is the correct shape compared to the logo.
The Louboutin Box Label
A real Louboutin box will have a label showing the size, style and colour. Check the font is evenly spaced and has correct spelling.
The Louboutin Insole
A real Louboutin has a logo printed in to the insole, it also may have the word ‘Paris’ below. Check the original logo and ensure that the font is the same. The print should be, not smear, overlapped or thick. The insole should be neat with no gaps where joining the shoe upper.
A Louboutin shoe should be of the highest quality. There should be no missed stitches or heavy stitching. It should be straight and even.
Proof of Purchase
A real pair of Louboutins will have a receipt of purchase. Real Loboutins DO NOT have a card of authenticity. The card is a sure giveaway of a fake product.
The Louboutin Sole Stamp
The sole will be stamped with the ‘Christian Louboutin’ logo, then ‘MADE IN ITALY’ in capital letters, and then a size. The shape with ‘VERO CUOIO’ was used in the shoes made before 2007. The half sizes are always 1/2 and not .5.
Attention To Detail
Look closely at the attention to detail, like the edging of the soles, or the joins. Real Louboutins will be smooth and look neat. Fake shoes will show gaps and glue. If the shoes have embellishments, they should be evenly spaced and attached well. Louboutins will use only the highest quality leather and fabrics, they won’t have a palsticy smell.
The Louboutin Shoe Shape
Louboutin shoes have an elegant and sleek silhoette. They won’t look clunky, and the joins should flow. If the design, or the curves are not drool-worthy, there’s a good chance they are fake. Research the real shoes and compare the ones you need to authenticate… quite often there will be small difference that will tell you they are fake.
Buying Secondhand Louboutins
If you are considering purchasing secondhand Louboutins, it is a good idea to ensure you can get your money back if they are fake. EBay or Paypal can do this, but, by buying at markets, Gumtree or on Facebook Marketplace means that if you buy a fake pair of shoes you have no way of getting your money back.
If you are interested in buying online, you can have the shoes sent to our team at Baxter & Black to check if they are authentic. If they are fake you can get your money back, and if they are real we can clean them up and bring them back to life. We offer various Louboutin services including:
- Cleaning and deodorising the insole
- Adding a shiny red sole to ensure they maintain their colour
- Adding a new plastic or metal heel tip to ensure longer wear
- Touching up the red sole with matching paint
- Recoating a damaged heel in matching fabric or leather
- A clean up/reconditioning of the upper shoe.
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Written by Rachel Black.