The quickest way to check if you have a fake Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh pair of sneakers is to check the stitching on the shoes. Often, fake pairs jump stitches in different spots, or they just add too much stitching.
Checking the stitching is not the only technique that you can use to determine the authenticity of your sneakers.
In this complete guide to the real vs fake Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers, we will cover 11 techniques, detailed with images, which can serve as indicators of an authentic pair of LV Virgil Abloh sneakers.
We have analyzed a lot of both authentic and replica sneakers from this model which has helped us create this thorough guide.
At the bottom of this article, you will find a recap of the fastest way to authenticate the LV Virgil Abloh sneakers.
1. Side stitching
First of all, we’d like to say it again: the stitching is one of the best spots to look at when you want to check the authenticity of one of these Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers.
There is some missing stitching on the sides of the LV print and the crossing line on the fake sneakers.
At the curve of the line that’s across the sneakers, the stitching is suddenly stopping on the fake pair.
The real Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers have stitched all around the shoes.
The authentic stitching is more detailed and present on every side of the LV print and the line that’s across the sneakers, while the fake pairs miss this.
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2. Midsole details
The fake Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers have holes in the midsole too big and too arched.
The fake “dents” in the midsole are too big and too arched, while the legit ones are smaller and less curvy.
On the other hand, the legit Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers have three LV monogram symbols touching the parts above and below them.
3. Handwritten logo
The fake pair’s “Louis Vuitton” text is that it is smaller, less visible and less shiny.
Meanwhile, the legit LV Virgil Abloh sneakers pair has its “Louis Vuitton” side text looking shiny, actually visible, and bigger than the one on the replica pair.
4. Side perforations
The fake pair’s perforations are placed too much on the right side.
They are too close to the line that crosses the sneakers.
Also, on the legit LV Virgil Abloh sneakers, the perforation holes are placed more to the left.
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. Toe box perforations
Although we were still talking about the perforation holes, let’s also move to the ones on the toe box area. As always, let’s first have a look at the real vs fake LV Virgil Abloh sneakers comparison pictures for reference:
The fake holes are too big.
It is really easy to see how, on the authentic pair, the holes on the toe box are a lot smaller than the ones on the fake Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers.
6. Rear logo
Mainly, the counterfeit Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers have a fault in the hashtag (#).
The legs and bottom legs of the hashtag seem to be crooked.
The counterfeit hashtags have their bottom legs looking too small compared to the legit LV Virgil Abloh pair.
7. Box logo
Now, moving back to the front of the sneakers, you may have noticed the box that says “LV” inside.
The stitching outlines are thicker and more obvious when you look at them on the fake pair.
On the other hand, the authentic LV Virgil Abloh sneakers’ outlines of stitching are thinner and more “subtle”.
On the fake pair’s sole, the letter “N” is not as sharp as the legitimate one.
The legs of the fake letter “N” are looking curvier than they shall look, as on the legit pair.
We’d like to mention that this spot applies mostly to the unworn or just tried once, or indoors tried pairs because the text has to be fully visible and not scratched or worn out.
The fake letter “y” in Italy is totally different.
It is thicker at the edge on the bottom of it.
On the authentic Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers, the letter “y”, looks a lot thinner.
The fake box has scratches in the “LOUIS VUITTON” text.
This is most visible in the letters “I” and “S”.
On the fake box, the letter “N” is curvy at the bottom instead of being sharp.
The fake Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers have packaging booklets that are brown instead of orange.
The font used for the text on the dust bags is totally different from the fake ones.
This is most visible in both the letters “S” and “N”.
Shortlist: Check if your Louis Vuitton sneakers are real
Verify the stitching on your Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers. Most of the time, there are missing stitches on the fake pairs.
Look at the midsole details. The fake “dents” are too big and wide on the fake pairs and the monogram LV symbols are not touching the parts above and below them.
Inspect the side “Louis Vuitton” handwritten text. Most of the time, the fake shoes have the text looking too small, or less visible.
Check the side perforations on your Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh shoes. These perforations are placed too much on the right side of the stitching of the sneakers.
Analyze the toe box perforations. The fake toe box perforation holes are too big, while the legit ones are smaller.
Look at the “#54” heel logo. Usually, the fake print has its hashtag legs looking too crook, uneven and too small.
Check the “LV” print box. Most of the time, the edges of the stitching are too noticeable to the eye, as the replica LV manufacturers use too much material in there.
Analyze the sole “Louis Vuitton” inscription. Usually, the fake letter “N” is too curvy and round instead of sharp.
Inspect the insoles of your Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers. The fake shoes have the letter “y” in the word “italy”. looking too thick.
Verify the box of your LV Virgil Abloh sneakers so they won’t have the letters scratched.
Check the packaging of your LV Virgil Abloh sneakers. The fake LV Virgil Abloh pairs have packaging booklets that look browner, rather than the authentic dark orange colour. Then, the font used for the text on the dust bags is totally different from the fake ones.
The eleven fake vs real Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers steps outlined above are well-detailed and it will be time-consuming to perform each authentication step when you need to confirm the originality of your LV Virgil Abloh sneakers
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This wraps up our guide on differentiating between genuine and counterfeit Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh sneakers.
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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.