How To Tell If Valentino Heels Are Real (2024)

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Last Updated on June 13, 2024 by Ch David

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Let’s learn how to differentiate between original vs fake Valentino heels.

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.

1. Insole text

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Valentino heels for their insole's text
  • Valentino Logo:
    • Fake: Thick “V,” thin circle
    • Authentic: Thin “V,” thick circle
  • “VALENTINO” Text:
    • Fake: Thin letters
    • Authentic: Thick and defined letters, may appear slightly used/faded but still thicker
  • “GARAVANI” Text:
    • Fake: Stretched out and thin
    • Authentic: Boxy and thick

Note: The authentic text is still thicker despite being used and faded.

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2. Insole stitching

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Valentino heels for their insole's stitching
  • Fake:
    • Thick stitching.
    • Crooked positioning.
    • Left side stitching far from the label.
  • Authentic:
    • Consistent stitching weight.
    • Straight stitches.
    • Left side stitching closer to the label.

3. Sole

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Valentino heels for their soles
  • Valentino Logo:
    • Fake: Thick logo, misplaced “V” in the circle.
    • Authentic: Thin logo, centered “V” in the circle.
  • “VALENTINO” Text:
    • 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.
  • Size Indication:
    • Fake: Thick text, poor spacing between numbers.
    • Authentic: Thinner text, proper spacing, numbers spaced further apart.

4. Spikes

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Valentino heels for their spikes
  • 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.

5. Glossiness

Authentic vs fake comparison of the Valentino heels from a top-down angle
  • 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.

Example of a bad Valentino heel dupe with an extra white mark
  • The fake pair has an extra mark.
  • Never to be seen on the real heels.

Shortlist: Authenticate your Valentino shoes in 30 seconds

  1. Examine the label inside your pumps: Counterfeit Valentino Rockstud Pumps often feature incorrect font-weight on the label.
  2. Inspect the stitching all around your Valentino Rockstud Pumps: Replicas typically have poorly weighted and positioned stitching.
  3. 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”).
  4. Analyze the shininess of the metal spikes: Fake Valentino Rockstud Pumps tend to have excessively shiny spikes compared to authentic ones.
  5. Examine the shoes’ glossy material: In particular, replicas often have overly reflective glossy material on the toe box, resulting in excessive shine.
  6. 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.

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This concludes our guide on how to identify fake Valentino shoes by focusing on the 6 key areas.

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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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.
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