Friday, July 4, 2008

RICK OWENS - Shoes: ss08 Creatch Hi-Tops

On the 'most wanted' list of many guys this year are these leather hi-tops from Rick Owens' spring/summer 2008 collection. However, the $1,200+ price tag can be a little hard on the wallet, so, a lot of guys turn to eBay and other online sources in search of a bargain. Because Rick Owens is more of a niche label, unknown to the average Joe on the street, people often assume it isn't faked. Well, there are knock-offs of just about every label out there, and the more underground the label, the more money the counterfeiters can get for the fakes, simply because people assume they're real.

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They don't look bad at a glance but the fakes are, of course, poor quality and not worth the $200-600 they sell for. The real ones should last you a lifetime. In this first photo you can see the difference in the sole, the shape of the toe, and the shape and distance between the stripes. Also, note that the authentic shoe has thinner laces.

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Here is a close-up of the toe. You can see how the rubber part of the sole is molded differently. The cap of the toe on the fake recedes farther back than the authentic one.

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This detail shot of the side illustrates the difference in the quality of the stitching. Note how some of the fake's stitches are different sizes, and how they don't follow the curve of the leather very well. You can also see how the stitched rectangle is more squared and shifted on the fake shoe. There are also variances in the shape and proportions of the leather pieces throughout the shoe.

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The authentic kicks have a silver zipper vs. this fakes' copper colored zipper. The zipper itself is also a different shape. The real one is a bit longer and skinnier. The size should be printed on the leather flap inside the zipper (in this case they are a euro size 42).

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There are different varieties of fakes out there, the one above does have a silver zipper but it doesn't have the correct toggle. The fakes tend to use cheap hardware (such as generic zippers). Sometimes they mold their own but it is usually a very poor casting. In this comparison you can see the difference in the shape of the toggle better.

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This is the patch on the back side of the tongue. Compare the width of the patch to the black tab above it in the first set. The real tab is wider than the patch. However, some fakes are correctly proportioned, as demonstrated in the second set. In both examples the stitching across the black tab varies from the original.

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Last, but not least, the insole. Notice a difference? Yeah, you guessed it, they didn't bother to stamp the Rick Owens logo in these fakes, which makes it a little easier to export them without alerting customs agents. The real ones also have a serrated edge along part of the insole.

As with all knock-offs remember that the fakes can vary, and there may be more than one factory/company producing the knock-offs. As a result some fakes may look more real than others. Use your best judgment and follow my 'hunting basics.'

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

you are the man, thanks for the tip.

do you know any place where I can still get the authentic ones?

Anonymous said...

you are the man, thanks for the tip.

do you know any place where I can still get the authentic ones?

Peter (eBay ID: couture_homme) said...

eluxury.com still has them. You could also call a store an order them by phone. I believe these shoes are being continued next season as well.

IAMTHEANGELNEGRO said...

amazing blog!!
so tanks for the info!

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Anonymous said...

hi, are they authentic? Thanks you so much!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200335394386&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching

Anonymous said...

Do you know if the fakes is made from real lether ?

I have also noticed that on some rick owens shoes on ioffer etc. is something on the heel, as you see here: http://www.ioffer.com/i/97325871

does the real ones also have that ?

Nice blog!!

Laura PowWah said...

Hey, are these shoes still available? I've been looking for just over an hour now and have had no luck. Please answer, thanks.

Laura PowWah said...

Hey, are these shoes still available? I've been searching just over an hour now, and can't find the Rick Owens Creatch ss08 in Brown/Milk. Please answer, and thanks in advanced.