March 11, 2016
By Candace Longfellow
HOW TO SPOT REAL MEN’S LOUBOUTIN SNEAKERS
With increasingly lax dress codes whether on the red carpet or in the boardroom, on-trend men have paired luxe sneakers with just about anything from jeans to tuxedos. The once off-duty-only shoe has become so popular that sneakers now make up the majority of men’s footwear sales for many retailers. After decades of classic oxfords and sensible loafers, stylish men are upping their shoe game with high-end designer lace-ups. The most coveted of them all? Christian Louboutin.
Though the brand has had a loyal female fan base since the early ‘90s, it’s only recently that fashion-forward men have been able to slip their feet into their own Red Bottoms. But with a variety of materials and embellishments to choose from — exotic skins, tonal spikes, strass crystals and more — Louboutin’s men’s sneakers are just as impactful as the highest Lady Daf platforms.
Of course, with this surge in popularity comes a commensurate increase in counterfeit copies. We asked Senior Authentication Director Graham Wetzbarger to take us through the elements of the authentic Louboutin sneaker.
1. Christian Louboutin Grommets
“The grommets on true Louboutin sneakers are completely open to provide ventilation. I can’t tell you how many fakes I’ve seen where the grommets aren’t punched all the way through, which is why that’s the first thing I look for when I’m authenticating Louboutin sneakers.”
2. Christian Louboutin Insoles
“Counterfeit versions often have a pockmarked suede lining, while Louboutin uses a smooth, supple leather. Fakes may also come with removable insole inserts.”
3. Christian Louboutin Placard
“The brand logo should be a metal placard, not printed or embossed. It will be well-affixed, and the same color as the hardware. If the shoe is black, the metal placard will also be black.”
4. Christian Louboutin Construction
“The stitching should be uniform throughout. Louboutin uses dual topstitching, but counterfeits often have only one row of stitches,” Wetzbarger explains. “Replica shoes will often add unnecessary details such as a model number on the tongue lining, but authentic shoes will only show the size.” If the shoe is spiked, compare the size and placement of the spikes to the images on the Louboutin website.
5. Christian Louboutin Outsoles
“Rubber soles are very easy to counterfeit. The red soles should be printed, without any blurriness to the design. On fakes, the red will often bleed onto the trim, or the proportion of red to the rest of the sole may be off.”
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