With so many Christian Louboutin shoes being repaired at Baxter & Black, I often get asked about Louboutin: Real vs Fake. For this reason, I have pulled together a list to help you out:
The famous Louboutin red sole
Without a doubt, the easiest way to tell is the red sole. The Louboutin red bottoms should be vibrant red, shiny leather, with a slight curve to the edges. Furthermore, 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. In this case, 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 Christian Louboutin box logo should be centred, crisp and white.
The Louboutin box label
Along with the actual box, an authentic Louboutin product will have a label showing the size, style and colour. A sure-fire way to tell if it’s a fake is to check it has the correct spelling and the font is evenly spaced.
The Louboutin insole
A real Louboutin has a logo printed into 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.
Indeed, 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
Just like brands such as Louis Vuitton and Hermès, a real pair of Christian Louboutins DO NOT have a card of authenticity. The card is a sure giveaway of a fake product. Therefore, the only paperwork that can prove they are real, is the receipt.
The Louboutin sole stamp
Look closely at the sole, it will be stamped with the ‘Christian Louboutin’ logo, then ‘MADE IN ITALY’ in capital letters, followed by the size. Keep in mind that the leather 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
Observe the attention to detail, like the edging of the soles and the joins. Real Louboutins will be smooth and look neat. Unlike fake shoes, that will show gaps and glue. Additionally, 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 plastic smell.
The Louboutin shoe shape
Last but not least, Christian Louboutin shoes have an elegant and sleek silhouette. Consequently, 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. With this in mind, research the real shoes and compare the ones you need to authenticate… quite often there will be a 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. Luckily, 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.
Furthermore, 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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For a list of Baxter & Black ladies shoe repairs, go here.
Written by Rachel Black.