Christian Louboutin shoes are known for their fantastical, feminine design and instantly recognizable signature red soles. The story goes that Mr. Louboutin was inspired by a bottle of nail polish, and took it to the bottom of a pair of shoes he was designing. The rest is history, and now you can even paint your nails in the iconic color with Mr. Louboutin’s first beauty offering, Rouge Louboutin nail polish. As he explains, “I am giving back to nails what the shoe took from the nails many years ago.”
From the highest of high heels, to studded loafers and classic espadrilles, Christian Louboutin shoes are expertly crafted from the finest materials. In the video above, Senior Director of Authentication & Brand Compliance, Graham Wetzbarger breaks down these three things to look for when inspecting Louboutins for authenticity.
The construction should always be up to luxury standards. Inspect the shank of the shoe to make sure it’s strong and sturdy, and check to see that there’s intricate stitching throughout. There should never be any signs of bubbling or pulling between the stitches.
Christian Louboutins are always made from the finest materials. Leathers and suedes should be smooth and supple, and whether studded or glittered, any embellishment should be securely attached and of quality.
3. Clear Embossing
The glossy red outsole should have a cleanly embossed logo. The gold stamp on the insole should have crisp edges. There are many replicas out there, and while they can imitate the red sole, there are smaller, more subtle indicators of a shoe’s authenticity. Unfortunately, not all Louboutins are identical. Some may be marked “Paris” on the insole, the outsoles of others may say “Vero Cuoio,” and some may say neither.
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