Louboutin Heels: REAL vs FAKE Guide (With Pics!)

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Last Updated on June 2, 2024 by Ch David

We’re teaching you how to spot fake Louboutin heels with:

  • Real vs fake Louboutin images
  • Professional explanations

Behind this guide is a team of expert Louboutin authenticators. Rest assured, you’re in good hands.

How to tell if your Louboutin Heels are fake

To tell if your Louboutin heels are fake, start looking at the insole + sole engraved signatures. Fakes never have the right font-weight.

1. Insole signature

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Louboutin heels for their insoles
  • Authentic:
    1. Signature has correct font weight with letters at consistent thickness.
    2. The “hristian” portion of the inscription appears thicker and more legible due to deeper engraving.
    3. Letters in the “ouboutin” portion are also thicker and more defined, making the entire signature easier to read.
    4. The letter “L” (which also forms the “C”) in the signature is thinner and sharper.
  • Fake:
    1. Signature has incorrect font weight with inconsistent thickness among letters.
    2. Letters in “hristian” and “ouboutin” portions appear too thin and less legible.
    3. The letter “L” in the signature appears too thick and bulky in the middle.

Finding it too hard? Reach out to our Louboutin experts:

2. Paris (insole)

Go just a bit lower on the insole to see the Paris text.

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Louboutin heels for their insole's
  • Authentic:
    1. The “Paris” text is properly font-weighted with thinner letters.
    2. Letters in “Paris” are engraved less deeply into the insole, appearing thinner.
    3. There is adequate space between each letter due to their thinner presentation.
  • Fake:
    1. The “Paris” text on the insole is improperly font-weighted, with the letters appearing too thick.
    2. Due to the thicker letters, there is insufficient space between each letter in the “Paris” text.

We’ve looked at the same spot on the Louboutin Very Prive as well.

3. Sole signature

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Louboutin heels for their soles
  • Authentic:
    1. “hristian” text on the sole is engraved lightly, resulting in thinner letters.
    2. The letters “C” and “L” appear thicker and wider due to lighter engraving.
    3. Letters in “ouboutin” are thinner and slightly larger compared to their fake counterparts.
  • Fake:
    1. “hristian” text is engraved too deeply into the sole, making the letters appear too thick.
    2. The “C” and “L” letters on the fake shoes are too narrow and thin.
    3. “ouboutin” letters are too thick and somewhat smaller than those on authentic shoes.

4. Country & Size

Still on the sole, right below the signature.

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Louboutin heels for their sole's text
  • Authentic:
    • “MADE IN ITALY” text appears smaller, wider, and thinner due to lighter engraving on the sole.
    • The size text “38 1/2” is thinner, precisely engraved.
  • Fake:
    • The “MADE IN ITALY” text on the fake shoes is too big, narrow, and thick.
    • Fake shoes display a “37” size text that looks excessively thick compared to authentic pairs.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

5. Back

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Louboutin heels from the back
  • Authentic:
    • Features thicker stitching.
    • The heel appears slender and well-crafted.
  • Fake:
    • The stitching on the fake shoes is noticeably thinner.
    • Heel appears too bulky and lacks the refined finish of the authentic pair.

6. Glossiness

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Louboutin heels from the side
  • Authentic: Toe box has a more matte finish, appearing less glossy.
  • Fake: The toe box on the fake pair is noticeably glossier than that on the authentic shoes.

7. Dust bag

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Louboutin heels for their dust bags
  • Authentic: Dust bag inscriptions have thicker, discernible letters.
  • Fake: Inscriptions on the dust bag are improperly thick.

Louboutin authenticity checklist

Here’s a summary of the key authenticity spots for your Louboutin shoes (heels):

  1. Insole Signature: Check the font weight of the letters on the insole; authentic shoes should have properly weighted letters.
  2. “Paris” Text: Examine the “Paris” text on the insoles; fake pairs may have text that looks too thick.
  3. Signature on Sole: Inspect the signature on the sole; fake pairs may have a signature that looks too small and thick, with narrow “L” and “C” letters in the logo.
  4. “MADE IN ITALY” and Size Text: Check the “MADE IN ITALY” and size text on the heels; fake pairs may have these inscriptions looking too thick.
  5. Rear Side: Verify the stitching and the size and shape of the heel from the rear side; fake pairs may have thin stitching and bulky heels.
  6. Glossiness: Examine the glossiness of the heels; fake pairs tend to be overly glossy and shiny.
  7. Dust Bag Text: Look at the text on the dust bag; fake items may have text that appears too thin.

Expert Louboutin authentication

Our professional authenticators are here for you:

  • Send us pictures of your heels
  • Wait a couple of hours (never more than 48)
  • Receive our detailed authenticity report.

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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About the Author

David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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