Fake Shoes

Information about fake shoes and the manufacutring of counterfeit shoes around the world. Data about fake shoes for sale is collected from criminal justice information that is publicly released.

In 2010, the shoe maker Deckers Outdoors Corp.,  who makes the popular boot Uggs, reported that nearly 400,000 counterfeit pairs of Uggs were seized around the world in 2010.

In one raid in China, 244,648 pairs of counterfeit Uggs were seized.

Source: “Nearly 400,000 Counterfeit Uggs Were Seized in 2010,” NBC New York, Thread NY, January 11, 2011.

According to KPMG’s Counterfeit Christmas Index Basket, a basket filled with counterfeit goods purchased in 11 major cities around the world was only 24 percent cheaper then a basket filled with the legitimate product.

The basket was filled with the following products, according to the Daily Finance:

  • DVD – movie in current Top 10 chart
  • CD – album in current top 10 chart
  • Counterfeit software
  • High end trainers
  • High end polo-shirt
  • Leading designer handbag
  • High end branded watch
  • High end sunglasses
  • Branded jeans
  • Good quality branded whiskey
  • Branded cigarettes

Source: Chris Wheal, “Counterfeit goods are more expensive,” Daily Finance, December 20, 2010.

In 2009 and 2010, Louis Vuitton bags were the most seized counterfeit good in South Korea.

According to the Korea Intellectual Property Office, 21,454 counterfeit Louis Vuitton products were seized in 2010, followed by 9,118 counterfeit Nike products.

(More replica handbags and fake purses data.)

Source: Cathy Rose A. Garcia, “Counterfeit Vuitton bags — distorted status symbol,” Korea Times, December 21, 2010.

Source: Korea Herald, “”Louis Vuitton” No.1 fake brand in Korea,” Asia One, October 15, 2009.


Counterfeit goods sales in Russia totaled $29 Billion (910 Billion Roubles) in 2009. Counterfeit goods accounted for 6 percent of total retail sales in Russia in 2009.

In 9 of the key retail sectors of Russia, such as alcohol, shoes, tobacco and cosmetics, sales of counterfeit goods made up to 24 percent of all sales.

Source: AFP, “24% of Russia’s key retail goods fake,” Sydney Morning Herald, September 25, 2010.

Nike shoes are considered to be the most counterfeited brand of shoes in the world. One Nike employee told the New York Times that for every one legitimate pair of Nike shoes in the market, a counterfeit pair exists as well.

 Source: Nicholas Schmidle, “Inside the Knockoff-Tennis-Shoe Factory,” New York Times, August 19, 2010.

Vibram FiveFingers, a shoe company, stated that it costs up to $2,500 in attorney fees and other costs to shut down a website selling counterfeit versions of their shoes.

Source: Jennifer Alsever, “Barefoot shoes try to outrace the black market,” CNN Money, August 13, 2010.

The United States Customs and Border Protection donated $78 Million of counterfeit clothing  articles that it seized in 2009 to various charities.   The counterfeited logos were removed and only essentials such as clothes and shoes were donated to the organizations.

Source:  Jim Dwyer, “Closing Pipeline to Needy, City Shreds Clothes,” New York Times, January 12, 2010.

According to the Guardian, fashion label Burberry is believed to be the most copied fashion label by counterfeit manufacturers, ahead of labels such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci.

Source: “Counterfeit fashion: The most copied designer labels,” Guardian, March 17, 2009.

Websites selling replica shoes have increased dramatically within the first six months of 2009, according to shoe brand owners.  Luxury shoe makes Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahnik has all found that counterfeit versions of their popular shoes are being sold on various websites.  All of the unauthorized sites sell counterfeit shoes that are advertised at prices up to 70 percent below the authentic version.


Counterfeit shoes was the number one commodity seized by agents in FY 2008.

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Source:  United States Customs and Border Protection, “CBP, ICE Release Annual Report on Counterfeit Goods Seized,” January 8, 2009.