If you are here to learn how to compare a real Christian Louboutin shoe versus a fake, then you’ve come to the right place.
Real Christian Louboutin Shoes Are Easy to Spot
Well, at least they are once you know what to look for. It’s no surprise there are so many companies trying their best to replicate something so exquisite and luxurious for a more attractive price. Let’s face it – the idea of buying a fake Christian Louboutin sneaker has crossed your mind. However, you know that your hard work is worth it for a real Christian Louboutin.
Teltale Keywords of a Fake
There are some telltale signs that jump out before looking at the product:
- Cheap Louboutin
- Christian Louboutin Sales
- Louboutin Outlet
If you see these keywords, proceed with caution. While it’s no guarantee, there is a high probability the seller isn’t offering an authentic shoe.
Real vs Fake Lou Spike Sneaker
Today we will be comparing an authentic with a counterfeit Christian Louboutin Lou Spike sneaker. Hopefully these photos can help you determine if your Louboutin shoe is authentic or a counterfeit. There are TONS of counterfeit Louboutin’s currently on the market. In fact, there are so many that Christian Louboutin himself wants you to report fakes. All are different. I will be doing write-ups of different comparisons over time so you can see the different types of fakes that circulate. Always be careful when purchasing on the second hand market. If you need our experts to authenticate a pair of Christian Louboutin’s that you plan on purchasing, click here.
What Makes an Authentic Christian Louboutin Shoe?
Lets begin with the image above. Here the top shoe is authentic, with the bottom shoe being fake. First, lets discuss the shape of the shoe. The authentic shoe holds more of a structured shape than the fake shoe. Notice that the patch on the side of the shoe is filled out on the authentic shoe. On the fake shoe the patch will seem thinner and less structured. In addition, the metal logo will seem debossed. The metal logo should not be pushed into the patch. From this angle, the shape and the patch is your best tell.
Examine the grommets, also referred to as ventilation holes. You will notice they are a bit closer together on the fake shoe, but this can vary between shoes.
Take notice of the Christian Louboutin Toe Spikes!
In this second image, you can see that the shape of the authentic shoe has significantly more structure to it. The top portion of the shoe should flow smoothly around the ankle. This is a pretty good fake, so observe carefully!
Turn your attention to the spikes. On the fake shoe, the spikes on the toe box are causing an indentation into the patent leather. The authentic shoe does not have spikes that cause an indentation in the toe box. A great way to tell is by shining a light and seeing the curvature of the reflection.
The Signature Christian Louboutin Shape is Key.
Looking at the rear of the shoe, you can see that the structure is off. As I mentioned before, all fakes are created differently. Some are better than others. In this particular case, the biggest tell would be the structure of the shoe. Look closely at the stitching on the outer sole. You can see that the stitching on the fake shoe is a bit sloppy and further apart compared to the authentic pair.
You will notice the tab sits a bit too high and offers misaligned stitching. The longer you look, the more differences you will find. Christian Louboutin makes a very careful and exact shoe. Don’t be fooled!
Double Check that Red Bottom!
Most people assume that the sole of the shoe is the easiest tell. It takes a lot of time to create a perfect, genuine Christian Louboutin sole. Many fakes will skimp out on this process because it’s facing down. A lot of detail goes into a real red bottom sole. A more expensive fake, such as this one, will have a lot of the right design cues. However, a trained eye will quickly spot the differences.
Both of the soles have a glossy finish, with the correct placement of the logos. One major difference you may notice is real Christian Louboutin sneakers have a deeper red color than the fakes. Always be careful with the sole. A glossy finish doesn’t guarantee an authentic shoe.
We dive into more detail on the Christian Louboutin Red Bottom here.
A Closer Look at the Sole.
Finally, we look at the box. In this case, the box is actually a pretty easy tell. Especially to someone who is familiar with the brand. What you can see is that the color of the fake box is off. It is more glossy, with the striations being more prominent than on the authentic box. Another tell is that the Louboutin logo on the side of the box is crooked compared to the authentic box where it is straight. The final tell is more or less obvious. The model name on the box does not match the shoe. So unless the seller states that the shoe box is a replacement, that should give it away.
Real Christian Louboutin Sneakers
A genuine pair of Christian Louboutin shoes is always worth it. You’re buying a luxury brand that puts quality and craftsmanship a notch above the rest.
You must always consider getting a professional opinion if you are buying from the second market. Sadly many people buy Christian Louboutin’s thinking that they got a good deal, but in fact- the shoe is fake. So always double check your sources! Click here for help authenticating!