In our new post we will explain how you can spot the difference between a counterfeit and authentic Christian Louboutin shoes.
Believe it or not, you cannot tell whether a Louboutin is authentic or not just by looking at the color of the soles! First because the look of the red soles changed over de years and second because Louboutin shoes are handmade and manufactured in different factories. Therefor the soles of an authentic pair of Louboutins can be orangy red, lipstick red, deep red and everything in between! However, all Louboutin heels have red soles that are made from leather and NOT plastic and therefor should look glossy. NOTE: just because the red soles are marked as leather (and YES some older authentic Louboutin models have a Vero Cuoio stamp! (leather marking)) doesn’t mean it is leather.
1) Christian Louboutin: The loop of the “L” must almost touch the rest of the “L”. However, most replica’s have a notasible space in between. As I already said: Louboutins are handmade in different factories and therefor can have different fonts!
2) Vero Cuoio: a Louboutin with a Vero Cuoio stamp isn’t automatically fake, because older authentic models do have this stamp! However, if you see a current model (like Guerilla) with this stamp, the shoe is fake. The Vero Cuoio stamp can very in font, dept and outline!
3) “Made in Italy”: The “Made in Italy” should be engraved in capital letters and should not be written as one word “MADEINITALY”.
4) Size: authentic Louboutin shoes (except of the espadrilles!) come in half sizes (1/2 and NOT ,5!) and they always have the EU sizes (38 and NOT 5). Replica’s often come in full sizes and full heel sizes because it’s cheaper to manufacture. If you look at the websites who sell replica’s you will most likely see heel sizes 100,120,140 and not 85. And the same goes for the shoe sizes: 38,39,40 and not 38 1/2.
On the inside of an authentic pair of Louboutin heels you will find a “Christian Louboutin Paris” stamp. However, SOME of the models which were manaufactured in the early ’90 don’t have the word “Paris” on the inside. Also the font and size of the stamp changed over the years. So please don’t focus on that.
The color of the inside of Louboutin heels isn’t always beige. For example: the bridal collection has a baby blue inside sole to represnt the ‘something blue’ for brides and some models have a (full) colored sole.
Authentic Louboutin shoes should have perfect and consistent stitching. As you can see on the pictures of the fake the stitches are to wide and sloppy.
Also some replica’s have a tab/overlap on the top of the seam on the back. Authentic BASIC models like Pigalle don’t have that.
Louboutins should be concidered as “Pure Art”. The lines schould be refind, sexy and feminine (I hope this make any sense!) If you look at the fake Daffodile and Pigalle you can see that the lines are bulcky and NOT sexy.
Replica’s often have a thin black band at the shoe part of the sole. However, some authentic models have a black band! I suggest that you Google the model to see which color the band should have.
Box and dustbag
Authentic Louboutins come in a FIRM beige box with in white “Christian Louboutin Paris” written on top of the box.
On the inside you will find one or two red dustbags. NOTE: The dustbags and the shoes are sent from the factories to the stores seperately. The SA should place the dustbag inside of the box. Therefor it can happend that you receive a white dustbag instead of a red one. The amount of dustbags depends on where you bought the shoes. Some Louboutin resellers add one dustbag and others two.
The dustbags should be made of thick almost velvet(ish) soft material and should have the “Christian Louboutin Paris” logo in black on top. Also on the little dustbag! As you can see on the picture of the fake dustbags it looks more like polyester. If your shoes have spikes you will also find extra spikes in a small red dustbag. The flat side of all the studs should have “CL” engraved.
Authentic Louboutins do NOT come with (red) plastic authenticity cards or cards stating they guarentee the materials are of “high quality”. Also the extra heel noppes should be in the small red dustbag and not in a plastic bag. If you see an add with one of the above mentioned cards or cheap plastic bags, do not bother to authenticate the shoe, because it’s fake!