Tuesday, November 20, 2007

GUCCI - Shoes: Tennis Shoes

This white leather sneaker is one of Gucci's most popular styles, and naturally, one of the most often faked. Below are several real vs. fake comparison photos of this style shoe. eBay is flooded with the fake versions so pay close attention to the details. Keep in mind that there are many different fake versions of this style out there so make sure ALL of the details match the authentic examples because different fakes have different errors in the styling.

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Above are two different comparison photos, with two different fakes. The top fake is a bit more accurate than the bottom one, but they're both easy to distinguish as fake. The bottom fake is missing some stitching/padding on the side and has a different sole. However both of these fakes have many things wrong with them. The fake eyelets are metal instead of the white painted metal as seen on the authentic pair. The red and green stripe should not have any stitching on it and both of these fake examples have white stitching. This red and green stripe should be made out of woven nylon. The fake stripes tend to be wider than the authentic one..

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The back of the heel on these Gucci shoes comes up quite high, and most of the fakes out there don't come up as far. Above are two different fake variations.

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The back of the heel is covered in a green alligator/crocodile embossed leather. In the fake example above the patch is wider and the material features a different scale pattern and coloring than the original. Also note that the authentic version is stitched around the rubber sole and this fake is not. Some fakes are stitched around the sole but with much larger stitches (like one stitch for every three on the authentic pair).

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The inside of these shoes is made of white leather (not brown like the above fake) and there is an embossed 'GUCCI made in italy' logo inside. In this style shoe the logo is only embossed and not printed.

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Here is another knock-off variation of the logo. Also note the difference in the size of the lettering and the spacing.

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A lot of these fakes can also be spotted by the shoe bags that are often included in the auctions. The authentic shoe comes with a dark satin brown GG print shoe bag.

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Also get to know what an authentic Gucci shoe box looks like. There are many fake examples on eBay (one of which is pictured above). The real box has slightly raised metallic lettering that runs parallel with the shorter side of the box. However, keep in mind that just because a box or a shoe bag may be real, it never guarantees that the shoes are also real. Always carefully inspect the pictures of the actual product, not just the boxes, tags, etc.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do Gucci sneakers come come with an authenticity card?

Anonymous said...

i have a comment / question, what about when u remove the inner sole of a gucci sneaker, isnt the sole of the sneaker below the inner sole surpose to be covered with the double g gucci logo?

Peter (eBay ID: couture_homme) said...

In response to both questions:

I have never received an authenticity card when I have purchased Gucci shoes at stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks, so to the best of my knowledge there are not authenticity cards for Gucci shoes. You could call a Gucci store and ask them though.

As to the second question, I have never removed the inner sole so I am not sure how accurate the rule about the gg logo on the underside is. The best way to tell if they are fake though is just by closely examining the quality and the stitching. There should not be any messy glue marks around the sole and the stitching should be even and straight. If you are examining them in person note the quality of the the leather. Hope this helps. Cheers. -Peter

Anonymous said...

Hey! Hm, I loved your blog. I mostly buy my designer clothing in stores, and when online, only on eluxury or bluefly, but I have an urge sometimes to buy on Ebay.

Can you do something on Marc Jacobs?!
Thank you!

surge said...

yes they do come with an auth card.
check my auction it will show you what the box and card looks like (i bought these from bluefly.com)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=270211687427&Category=63850

Anonymous said...

well i was fin to buy some gucci shoes and the box said made from italy do that mean they are fake

Peter (eBay ID: couture_homme) said...

Hey Anom,
Yeah, the Gucci box shouldn't have 'made in italy' under the logo.

Anonymous said...

the inside of every gucci is white

Anonymous said...

the inside is white thing is simply not true

Anonymous said...

are the shoes with the gucci signature on the back fake?

Jeff said...

Interesting blog! I mean if your gonna consider buying Gucci or any other high end designer,u mind as well do your homework;)

George Wells George Wells said...

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Anonymous said...

What about the dust bags there are some out there that are dark brown with Gucci written in it correct ??

Mandina Bambina said...

So no Gucci is ever brown inside the shoe? Also see GG what way is it written Is the GG side by side or up and down like this ( ) or up and down ↑↓if that makes sense thanks

Anonymous said...

R all real gucci tennis shoes white inside?

Anonymous said...

I order some gucci shoes tennis high top thy r not white inside does that mean thy fake

Anonymous said...

Can you show a pic of what the serial number looks like inside the shoe

Peter (eBay ID: couture-auctions) said...

Hi, of course not all Gucci insoles are white, this post is just referring to this specific model.