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Style Help: How to easily check for fake or authentic Manolo Blahnik Heels

I buy Manolo Blahnik heels almost exclusively, and only used because I am not willing to pay $600 USD for a pair….. yet. I have 4 pairs right now, all used, well taken care of and I love them.

What I have noticed about buying Manolo Blahnik heels either at consignment shops or online, is that fakes are not as prevalent but they do exist!

Here are two easy ways to check whether or not your Manolo Blahnik finds are authentic or not.

This is a pair I bought off eBay and had to file a return and complaint because it was far too obvious it was a fake

1. LABEL IS SEWN INTO THE SHOE

I think it’s pretty clear once you see this:

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  • The label has been razored in (you can tell they used a sharp razor to cut out a space)
  • You can clearly see the glue used to glue in the label!!
  • The authentic pair is properly sewn in in neat little stitches
  • It is obvious the label is a fake as well, the font is different, and it is too large with too much white space

2. SOLE STAMP IS USUALLY VERTICAL ALONGSIDE THE OTHER STAMPS

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Here is something less discernible in a real pair:

  • The stamp on the real pair is vertical alongside the arch of the shoe, near the words with the size (37) and (Made in Italy)
  • The stamp on the fake pair, is horizontal across the top near the tip of the toe
  • The fonts are not even close to being the same

3. OTHER THINGS I NOTICE

I am a true 37 in Manolo Blahniks and these ones fit like a 36.5 at best. They were tight, the leather didn’t curve up well around my foot and in general, I didn’t feel steady in them, even though I am very used to wearing up to 3.5″ heels in Manolo Blahniks.

Once I put them on, I knew.


Then I checked the labels and it was obvious.

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12 Comments

  1. Carolyn Cannoy

    Hi, I have a pair bought from Nordstrom and the stamp on the bottom isn’t vertical. It’s horizontal. I believe it depends on batch, time period, and factory. I also have a pair from a Neiman’s sample sale with the tag not stitched and a logo like the horizontal one, so I’m not sure about this post (no offense).

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Thank you kindly for your notes. I have only purchased Manolo heels, and the name is stamped across the bottom vertically…

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    2. anon

      I agree after some research into this. See this post:

      https://forum.purseblog.com/threads/has-anyone-seen-manolo-labels-like-this.528446/

      Reply
  2. Victoria

    arent real manolo blahnik have “made in italy” stamp on the outsole? unless they’re espadrilles?

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    1. Victoria

      I mean “HAND MADE IN ITALY”?

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    2. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Yes! They do say “made in italy” on some of them. Good catch.

      Reply
  3. Karen

    What about boots? I bought a pair on eBay… All proper identification lines up with the exception of the sewn in label. It is sewn, beautifully I might add, on the outer insole leather. Are there exceptions to the rule?

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Could be. I’ve never purchased MB boots other than the heeled ones all in leather, and those have tags sewn on the inside.

      If you are able to get to a store to look at similar lineup of boots (winter I assume?) you can see whether or not they match your pair.

      Although if they are well made, and perfectly, meticulously sewn, along with the tag, it is a good chance they are fine.

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  4. Kristi Belcamino

    Couldn’t you see these details on ebay?

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      No. The pictures were taken far (yet close) enough away from the heels that the tag wasn’t clearly visible with the cuts. In hindsight I should have asked for detailed shots but was going on good faith.

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  5. nurse in Ohio

    Hi,
    Thank you for the tips. I have a question about style and jewelry. In reviewing old posts, it appears your jewelry collection has changed, e.g., no more thin necklaces, etc. Have you culled your collection, and if so, how did you go about it? I also notice you tend to like bolder styles but also more organic, naturalistic styles. I am trying to figure out my own style and I tend to like many of the same pieces as you, even some of the same designers, but I have a hard time reconciling them into one coherent style because they are so different. I wear pretty classic clothing but when I look at my jewelry it seems my style is all over the place- please help!

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      You know that is such a great question I’ll make it a post.

      The short answer is I have culled some items but not really. I’m embracing diversity but trying not to buy on repeat the same pieces (I like the same ones)

      Reply

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