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How to Spot a Fake Manolo Blahnik Shoe

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Spot a Fake Manolo Blahnik Shoe

A Manolo Blahnik shoe is a work of art for your feet. A pair of "Manolos", as they are known among the fashion clique, became a true icon of style for luxury cosmopolitan women who are between 30 and 50 years old thanks to series like Sex and the City. This oneHOWTO article will explain how to spot a fake Manolo Blahnik shoe to make sure yours are original and not cheap knock-offs.

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Steps to follow:


Manolo Blahnik shoe boxes are usually white and the text of the creator's name is at the top of the lid. After the name, there's an R trademark sign. Inside the box, the shoes will be protected by tissue paper.

How to Spot a Fake Manolo Blahnik Shoe - Step 1

Beware of highly discounted prices. Designer shoes can cost thousands of dollars, so it is not possible to find them at a bargain price. You can find models in the sales, but they are usually designs from previous collections. Although these are models that do not go out of style. To give you a reference to the price of a pair of Manolos, they can be from around 400EUR ($424) up to thousands of dollars.


A Manolo Blahnik shoe is always made with leather soles and a full leather lining. Any sign of synthetic material in these parts lets you know that the shoes are fake.

How to Spot a Fake Manolo Blahnik Shoe - Step 3

At the top of the heel, you will see that Manolo Blahnik shoes have a runner that is somewhat bigger than the heel. Also, the classic heel shoes can only be found in three sizes, 7.5, 9 and 10 centimeters in height (3 in, 3.5 in and 4 in).

How to Spot a Fake Manolo Blahnik Shoe - Step 4

Make sure there are no serial numbers on the shoe. Authentic Manolo Blahniks never include these numbers.


The only reference to the Manolo Blahnik shoe brand is the text that is on the inside of the shoe, where you will rest your foot. The text is written with the same lettering as on the box and should bear the 'R registered'.

How to Spot a Fake Manolo Blahnik Shoe - Step 6

Manolo Blahnik shoes are made entirely by hand and although designed in New York, they are manufactured in a factory in Parabiago in Italy where as much as 50% of the production is done, this is the reason why they only produce 80 pairs a day.


Now you know how to spot a real Manolo Blahnik shoe, take a look at how to tell a fake Guess bag from a real one, a Louis Vuitton bag or a pair of Nike shoes.

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A Juleki
You did not include the classic kitten heel height at 2 inches.
OneHowTo Editor
Thanks for the tip!
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