Monday, July 12, 2010

Christian Louboutin's ~ REAL vs FAKE

Ok, I am called the Shoe Queen and I will wear that title proudly and with good honor. 




 So, here's the story. 
I got a FABULOUS pair of Christian Louboutin's from my adoring and smart husband for Christmas. After many requests on my YouTube Channel, I did a Christmas Haul video showing my lovely treasures. 
One item was a much coveted pair of Christian Louboutin's. 
(I had seen these on Housewives of Orange County and hinted like a madwoman what I wanted. Size, color, store, EVERYTHING)
Anyway, I had one of my wonderful subscribers message me to tell me they were FAKE? 
Ha! 

No Way! I saw a quickie trip to Reno Nevada for a divorce in my near future.... 
He would never buy me a fake. 
Or Would he? Whaaaaaaah.
I had the receipt, the original box, the sleeper bag, and the shoes so off to Saks I went with my questionable shoes. Well, guess what? They WERE Fakes but my dear hubby was off the hook because even the store had been duped.  
This is how they do it....
Seems a very conniving person buys a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. They take the new shoes and the receipt out of the store. 
No problems... Yet. 
Then, in the meantime they have purchased a replica of the same shoe usually made in China or who knows where. They then take the FAKE shoes and the REAL receipt, box etc. into the store and exchange for the REAL shoes. 
Some poor sucker like ME ends up with the FAKES and the criminal ends up with a 
"Two for One" pair of Christian Louboutin Shoes.  Holiday time is notorious for these swindlers to get away with their creepy crimes.
This is NOT something I would try if I were you. 
A quick trip to sit in the slammer with Lindsay Lohan? No Thanks! (Sorry LiLo)
(No matter how good Christian Louboutin shoes look, they can't make Prison Orange look Sexy or Stylish!)
Sak's 5th Avenue was so wonderful in taking back my FAKES and since they didn't have the coveted REAL shoes in my size, I got my money back and purchased the YoYo's instead. Sad but relieved. Imagine some poor soul that didn't have sharp, educated, YouTube Subscribers like I do? They would be walking around with inferior shoes and never know the difference except....
Here are the differences:
Yes, I stooped so low as to pay $97 for a FAKE pair to see and tell you the differences I could spot.



1st) The red sole is so dull and not nearly as vibrant as the REAL red sole created by Mr. Louboutin. He came up with this signature red sole when he was working in Paris and would see the Prostitutes working their beat on Montmartre and Pigalle Streets in the Meat Packing District, Paris. 
At the end of the night, the soles of their hooker heels would be bright red from walking thru the blood.
Ugh. My Lunch just lurched.
Oh well now that I've made us both ill... I love his shoes but hate the FAKES.
2nd) The flap in the seam in the back. Can you tell the FAKE? 
Which of These is Not Like The Others?
Look at the really poor quality workmanship on the FAKES.


See the ripples and bumps?
These have more lumps and bumps than my Cellulite Encrusted Butt!
Oh, Sorry. Too Graphic.


Lastly, and I can't show you a picture of this, is how they FEEL.
 They FEEL Horrible! 
So hard and unforgiving. Kind of like the Nuns in my School when I was naughty but we won't go there....
Very uncomfortable.
Just put them on your feet and you can FEEL the FAKE!
I guess the old adage holds true. 
"You Get What You Pay For."

49 comments:

  1. I'm laughing out loud at the "cellulite encrusted butt" comment! Oh Lana, you are truly a joy! xoxox

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  2. I laughed when I read this post! You're right... Even CLs can't save an orange jail suit! XD

    Very informative post!

    P. S. I, too, have a "cellulite encrusted butt". LOL!!!!

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  3. Having worked in retail FOREVER, I am not surprised..I heard about a woman receiving a return in fragrance only to open the box later and seeing a can of TUNA inside..After hearing that, before I even start a return I open a box to see what's inside.

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  4. Great post, Lana! Oh, it's so true - when you look at it - the fake one stands out with it's "fakeness"!!!

    Poli

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  5. it really puts you off buying ANY designer stuff online... my fiance bought me some jimmy choos at xmas.. they are fabulous black leather with zips.. i think they're called "gladys" he paid less than a store price but you can buy them for hundreds less at other stores... it just worries me for future purchases ... how are you to know what's real? x

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  6. Thanks for that video! I'm annoyed at how these people get away with that - worse the ones who purchase them. Women should buy what they can afford and not worry about trying to pretend they're something they're not.

    I've travelled all over Asia and I see where the money from fakes is going. Think about it, 100$ is a 2 month salary for most poor people in Thailand/China. The drugdealers and criminals are all involved in this business as it raises a significant amount of money quickly, and it can cross borders. Therefore, money from fakes go to support criminal men who think prostituting children is cool.

    Think about it twice before purchasing. Supporting your own industry in the western world OR supporting criminals abroad. Your call.

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  7. Lana You are such a doll for doing this. Imagine someone like me never having owned designer shoes or handbags. Getting one of these fakes, thinking the fit was horriable and they didn't hold up worth a crap. I would think that designer stuff was garbage and not worth the dollars. You did a really nice thing teaching ppl like me who don't know better how to spot a fake.
    Thank you so much! All my pennies, dollars and soda cans (at least it seems like it LOL) I am saving up for a pair of these lovely's thank you too!
    Rose
    aka Ultimatecruegirl

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  8. You're poor hubby. For such a great guy, to have you doubt him must've been hard. I bet you made up for it though!
    Loved the post and the video. You're such a comedian.

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  9. Lana - Thanks for the eduction on fakes! And, loved the "hard and unforgiving" reference re.- your teacher-nuns! LMAO!!

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  10. This is going to be the most wonderful gift to anybody.Once you have gone ahead and chosen the perfect pair of Christian Louboutin replica shoes in the right color and design, the next is the gift wrapping.

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  11. I am so sorry this happened to you, Lana. Didn't the exact same thing happen with a handbag of yours? :( Did Saks apologize for having done this to you twice?

    It is really scary that things like this happen. Did Saks question you or anything? Or did they just know and replaced it for you?

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  12. HAHAHA! My god, you're hilarious. I've been hooked on your videos since I discovered them a few days ago. I watch a couple every day. Honestly, I think you're more fun to watch than juicystar07 or michellephan. I love you and your fabulous videos!

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  13. i agree with chouette!when i was a teenager i thought there was no harm into buying repilca handbags and when i found out that those fake purse i buy actually aids the pirates/pimps/crooks etc around the world to obtain weapons or sell off women and so fourth...so now i know for sure to buy the real thing or just dont buy it at all instead of giving in into fake material things

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  14. would you really get that mad at your husband if he got you a fake. I hate fakes but not enough to get divorced. haha :P

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  15. @Aubrey~
    No! I was being Facetious. It wasn't his fault at all. I guess it happens more than I imagined.
    Smooches

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  16. Hello Lana,i am very glad to of found you! i need your adice :) here is a website to a pair of shoes i have just been dying to buy! could you please tell me if you know they are fake or not? i am really hoping i just found a dam good deal here, i love Marylin Monroe and Louboutin and i get them both here but i WILL NOT buy fakes by any means :) please let me know asap. thank you
    here is the site: http://www.bchristianlouboutin.com/Christian_Louboutin_Marilyn_Monroe_peep_toe_slingback_174.html

    Jessica: pennylane_18@hotmail.co.uk

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  17. AH! You are so fabulous. I found you on YouTube the other day and am hooked and will subscribe. Do you post on the purseforum? They have an insane section for Louboutin, Loubou's in action with the gorgeous women modeling them. Sections for every designer as well.

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  18. "christian louboutin said..."

    That name, above, links out to another site selling FAKES.



    "bchristianlouboutin.com"

    That site sells FAKES.



    The official site is at http://www.christianlouboutin.com/

    Any other site with "Louboutin" as a part of the domain name is selling FAKES - as it says in a big notice on the official site.

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  19. Wow! I never really thought about shoe fakes! I'm used to seeing poorly made fake designer handbags, but shoes??? OMGosh! They look hard like Payless foot coverings (too cheap to be called a shoe)!

    Thanks for posting! I found you on youtube yesterday and I've been enjoying your videos!

    Be Blessed!

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  20. Hi,
    I found this shoe on a website but i cant tell if its real or not. Can you help me? Thanks!
    Vicki
    http://www.pumpaustralia.com/christian-louboutin-velours-scrunch-boots-grey-p-14604.html

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  21. Good to know since I always buy a few Louboutin shoes at a reputable store. At least the they were good enough to reimburse you!

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  22. Www.pumpaustralia.com FAKE. (sorry)

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