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:
- 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
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.