If it looks too good to be true..

… it probably is.

I was casually browsing on the internet looking for a simple pair of pointy heels, like these from Balmain; (irrelevant point but that’s “how it all started”) and looked through 

a couple of sites when a specific page got my attention. That’s  what I found, “C-hris-tian L-oubo-utin pointed high heeled shoes black.” Don’t be socked yet, there’s more! 

Apart from the extremely low price the pictures seem too good of a deal don’t they? Well they look too “professional”. On the other hand all the costumer reports looked normal, right? Wrong. That’s what I thought too, and believe me I don’t trust the internet for that kind of things (especially when it comes to Louboutins..) and so I did a little ”investigation”.

(Photo: Balmain)

First of all, iOffer, accepts all those sellers that have been banned from eBay; who sell fake items when claiming their authenticity. Also, the seller can “delete” or simply not accept the negative feedback given from some buyers so they can have a 100% positive feedback and look trustworthy. After my brief research I also found out that almost all of the sellers (I say almost because there is the percentage of uncertainty) are situated in China, which means that they sell their “Louboutins” for £50, when it costs only £1 or so to make them. All of these reasons make (most) of the items absolutely fake. Yes you can be shocked now although I know you were expecting it!

I also read this girl’s story:

and it is really funny how the seller responds here, I would really like to know what happened next. Anyway, as you could imagine someone has taken action against the websites that sell counterfeits.

With the slogan “Stop fake-Christian Louboutin” sellers committing fraud are constantly identified and banned. You can see all of the 19 page-long list here, and of course be careful when shopping online as this is not something that can happen only with Louboutins.

To wrap-up this story pleasantly, 28-year-old Christian a year after the launch of his first shoe collection (1992) decided to make his stiletto-heels even more desirable. He painted the bottoms of the shoes with red nail polish and gave them the extra tint they lacked. In March 2007, Louboutin applied for a U.S. trademark on his signature red soles.

You can buy them online at Net-a-porter or The Outnet and in-store in one of the authorized sellers in order to avoid fraud.

xo F

(Photo: Christian Louboutin)

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