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Authorities Seize $18 Million Worth Of Fake Louboutins!

By Glamour Magazine Aug 17, 2012 4:33PM

by Tracey Lomrantz Lester, Glamour

It's a crime of fashion even worse than wearing a white bra under a white T-shirt: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a shipment of more than 20,000 pairs of fake Christian Louboutin shoes yesterday!

As ABC News reports, "U.S. Customs and Border Protection confiscated 20,457 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. According to the CBP, the knock-off shoes that were transported in five different shipments on a cargo ship in large boxes from China had a domestic value of more than $57,000, meaning it cost just less than $3 per pair to make them. Officials said there were enough of those red soles to add up to a suggested retail value of $18 million, an unbelievable profit."

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So, what tipped authorities off that the stems were phonies? "The original [Christian Louboutin] shoe is made in Italy,” said chief CBP officer Guillermina Escobar. “Once we saw it was coming in from China, we knew there was a problem with the shipment.” The fakes are also pretty awful, if you ask us--check out the photo above, where they're clearly labeled "made in China" of "all man made materials."

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Thankfully, all 20,000+ pairs will be destroyed, likely by burning.

Fashion industry 1, counterfeiters, 0!

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images News


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54Comments
Aug 17, 2012 7:36PM
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Hey i bet coockoos nest is right i bet a real loubutin costs about 10 $ to make , it's like perfume channel no 5  most likely costs about 100 $ a gallon to manufacture yet must have a mark up of 2000 per cent you bet .
Aug 17, 2012 7:31PM
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is it just me or do you find it wierd the the Customs official's surname is Escobar?
Aug 17, 2012 7:25PM
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I think the only thing the people of China have not made knock offs of is American citizens. But I am willing to bet that somewhere in China someone is working on it.
Aug 17, 2012 7:23PM
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K, so how much does it cost to make a REAL pair of Louboutins? I bet it's not much more than $3.
Aug 17, 2012 7:15PM
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CBP (Customs and Border Protection) does NOT burn shoes set for destruction. As a Licenced Customs Broker in Los Angeles, I can say that this author doesn't know, nor should comment of CBP procedure. They will MOST LIKELY be taken to an authorized destruction company (privately owned, BTW)  and be destroyed in an environmentally safe fashion, which based on two decades of experience, would most likely be giant shredding machine that turns items like this basically into pulp. Just a bad attempt at a joke.
Aug 17, 2012 7:15PM
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...great, now that Michelle Obama knows they are made in Italy, Air Force One will be heading to Rome for one of her shopping sprees on the taxpayers' dime.
Aug 17, 2012 7:14PM
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Knock off's cost $3 to make, the real ones cost what, $6, $8? anyone paying the ridiculous prices of these shoes for a name clearly doesn't care if it's real or fake they only care if YOU think it's real because afterall it's just an image
Aug 17, 2012 7:11PM
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Good to see someone besides china still makes things.  Good for Italy.

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