6 Ways to Spot Fake Designer Shoes
Designer shoes are always highly sought after and for good reason. Their style, comfort, prestige and quality are unbeatable. So it should be no surprise that many try to replicate these shoes and sell them at a cheaper price.
When it comes to shopping for designer shoes online, it can be difficult to determine the fake from the authentic. But there are a few tell-tale signs you can watch out for to be able to differentiate the two.
1. Extremely Low Price
If you’re buying a pair of newly released shoes that are retailing for £700 or more and see another website selling the exact same pair for around £200, chances are they’ll be fake. Even if the shoes have been available for quite some time, it’s still unlikely they’ll drop so low in price. Of course, you will need to take into account the designer and the style of the shoe. For example, a pair of Pigalle Louboutin shoes will never fall below the £500 mark but a pair of Louboutin flip flops could be around £200. Just make sure you shop smartly, use your common sense and avoid websites boasting their fabulous, and unbelievable, offers.
2. Small Changes in Style or Colour
Every designer has a signature style and classic colours they prefer to use and stick with as it helps make them more recognisable amongst other designers. If you suddenly see a website selling shoes from a designer in a colour you’ve never seen before, then they are likely fake. Some fake sellers take images of the shoes from the brand itself and edit them in a different colour to make the sale look more genuine.
Likewise, if you see some shoes with fur lining or added crystals that aren’t on the original shoe, either on the website or a trusted seller, don’t buy them. Ensure you study the original shoe carefully and look at all the details available so you can make a comparison and spot the fake.
3. The Authenticity of the Website
When shopping online, the authenticity of the website is a very important factor to consider. Luckily, there are several simple ways you can tell if a website is legitimate. First, check the contact page and look for phone numbers, genuine email addresses and a headquarters address. You can then search for these phone numbers and the address to find out if the company exists.
You’ll also want to check if the company has a social media presence. Fake companies will often have the social media icons on the website but don’t actually link them to a real account. Take a look at LinkedIn to find real employees. We’d also recommend finding and reading reviews on sites such as Trustpilot.
4. Check the box and the Dust Bags
When your shoes arrive, make sure you check the box properly. The quality and designer experience doesn’t start and end with the items themselves. They will be packaged luxuriously too. Some brands, such as Gucci, have iconic packaging designs they have used for years and rarely change. The box will most likely have the brand logo printed somewhere and will look sleek, sophisticated and professional. A lot of the fake boxes use a tightly-spaced logo or print it too big so it’s slightly different. The box should also feel strong and sturdy and not flimsy or cheap.
Designer shoes will also arrive with a dust bag to help protect them. While dust bags are a little more difficult to distinguish whether they’re real or fake, you should always check that they’re made from good quality material and have accurate print, alignment and stitching, too.
5. Check the Stickers/Tags/Labels
Some websites and even eBay sellers will try to sell fakes by telling you their shoes have come directly from the factory meaning there are no stickers or tags on them. This is completely false. Brand new items from reputable sellers will always have stickers, tags or labels attached to them.
If you’re buying a pre-loved pair of shoes, these items may not come with the original tags, but the website should issue proof of authenticity. Here at Cudoni, we rigorously test every item in a multi-stage, multi-expert assessment that goes beyond the industry standard and uses our network of fashion experts, horologists and gemologists who will leave no stone unturned and no stitch unchecked. We do not accept fake or counterfeit luxury products and fully cooperate with all relevant authorities to seek and track down the source of stolen or fake items.
6. Quality of the Shoes
Luxury fashion is more expensive for a reason. They use the highest quality materials and ensure the craftsmanship of each piece is perfect. You won’t find any stitches out of place or flimsy hardware on real designer pieces. If you’re someone who has bought and owned a lot of designer items, you will be able to tell instantly if the quality is not up to its usual standards. The look, feel and even the smell of the fabric will be different.
Familiarise yourself with the designer’s materials and craftsmanship before thoroughly checking the entire construction of the shoes. The stitching and the lining of the shoes should be flawless and made of high-quality materials with no glue involved. Any logos should be crisp and clean and it should also say where the product was made. You’ll also want to look at the soles, as fakes will often have the soles wrapped in a synthetic material rather than something more authentic like leather.
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