In this guide, we’ll teach you just that: how to differentiate between original vs fake Valentino shoes.
This authentication guide works for any Valentino heels.
However, we’ll compare the original vs fake Valentino Rockstud model for your reference.
How to check if your Valentino shoes are original
The best way to spot fake Valentino heels (pumps) is to check the insole’s label. Fake shoes have their text and stitching commonly thicker than the original.
Let’s check it out!
1. Insole text
Fake: Thick “V,” thin circle
Authentic: Thin “V,” thick circle
Fake: Thin letters
Authentic: Thick and defined letters, may appear slightly used/faded but still thicker
Fake: Stretched out and thin
Authentic: Boxy and thick
Note: The authentic text is still thicker despite being used and faded.
2. Insole stitching
Left side stitching far from the label.
Consistent stitching weight.
Left side stitching closer to the label.
Fake: Thick logo, misplaced “V” in the circle.
Authentic: Thin logo, centered “V” in the circle.
Fake: Boxy and thick, uneven letter spacing.
Authentic: Bigger and thinner, consistent letter spacing.
“GARAVANI” and “MADE IN ITALY” Text:
Fake: Boxy and thick.
Authentic: Bigger and thinner.
Fake: Thick text, poor spacing between numbers.
Authentic: Thinner text, proper spacing, numbers spaced further apart.
Fake: Spikes shine too brightly.
Authentic: Spikes shine less brightly.
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.
Fake: Toe box reflects more light on glossy material.
Authentic: Toe box reflects less light on glossy material.
6. Extra marks
Fake Valentino shoes sometimes come with extra marks from the replica manufacturers.
The fake pair has an extra mark.
Never to be seen on the real heels.
Shortlist: Authenticate your Valentino shoes in 30 seconds
Examine the label inside your pumps: Counterfeit Valentino Rockstud Pumps often feature incorrect font-weight on the label.
Inspect the stitching all around your Valentino Rockstud Pumps: Replicas typically have poorly weighted and positioned stitching.
Verify the text on the sole of your Valentino Rockstud Pumps: Most fakes have improperly shaped, font-weighted text on the midsole, along with misalignment issues (e.g., misplacement of the Valentino classic logo’s “V”).
Analyze the shininess of the metal spikes: Fake Valentino Rockstud Pumps tend to have excessively shiny spikes compared to authentic ones.
Examine the shoes’ glossy material: In particular, replicas often have overly reflective glossy material on the toe box, resulting in excessive shine.
Check for extra marks: Counterfeit pumps often bear additional marks, which should not be present on genuine ones.
Sometimes, you might not have the time to go through the detailed authentication steps as mentioned earlier for your Valentino Rockstud Pumps.
To address this, we’ve created a speedy 60-second method for authenticating your Valentino shoes.
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If you need help verifying your Valentino Rockstud Pumps, we’ve got you covered.
Send us high-quality pictures of your shoes.
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You’ll also get a detailed report explaining why we believe your Valentino shoes are fake or authentic.
This concludes our guide on how to identify fake Valentino shoes by focusing on the 6 key areas.
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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.