Of all the treasures I dig for in a thrift store, I never, ever expected to run across an authentic pair of CL. When I found them (at a Value Village in Brantford... there, you have my secrets...), I actually laughed at first. I have seen my fair share of designer fakes in the thrift store; ripped faux Louis Vuitton bags marked up to ridiculous prices, a pair of the most plastic Tod's in the showcase of my local haunt and best of all, a fake Chanel bag for $250 proudly posted on a thrift store's Instagram. So I laughed when I grabbed the shoes because there was no way they could be real...
And then I stopped laughing because they looked really, really well made.
I am not an expert a spotting counterfeit, I learn details from the Google machine but I do know that these kinds of designer items better be impeccably constructed. That while counterfeits can have red soles and stamped labels, they have a hard time getting the technical details of construction just right. So being that they were well-made, I did a quick Google search and found that authenticLouboutins have leather soles, while many fakes have vinyl soles. From the wear on the soles, I could see that they were indeed leather. I took a chance and nestled (gently, with care...) them in my buggy. At this point, I was about 53% sure they were real but with 50% off day for Club Card members, I figured they were worth the $12.50 chance.
That night I fell into the Internet hole of researching Louboutins. The more I scrolled through pictures of reals vs. fakes and read up on how each shoe is individually hand crafted, the more certain I got that they were real.
Sidenote: this collecting Louboutin shoes world is this whole sub-culture I had no idea about. Hundreds of pages of forums dedicated to these shoes and discussing every detail about them. Whoa. Mind-blown.
I don't think these are my most interesting thrift find or even my most valuable but they are probably my best thrift story to date. I expect vintage treasures or less-known designer pieces to slip by the sorting process at the thrift store, I just never expected flashy red soles to actually get donated and then priced very reasonably as well. I understand how some designer pieces get donated because they might just be too random to be worth the effort for an individual to resell them but used, very worn CL still get good money on Ebay.
Who donated these? Can I peek in your closet?
As much as I want to keep them as the ultimate thrift trophy, they don't even come close to fitting me, so I will be selling them.
SOLD _That was quick, thanks for your responses!!! Now to find more;)
Ha! Still can't believe I found these beauties at a thrift store...
More pictures when you click through.
(Great condition. Only wear is a bit of scuffing on the soles and a wobble in the leather by the big toe of the left foot. You can see it a bit in the very top pic. Not noticeable when on, just thought I would point it out:))