Border Agents Seize 20K Fake Designer Shoes

Christian Louboutin clones might have fetched $18M on black market
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2012 2:12 PM CDT
A border agent examines fake Christian Louboutin shoes shipped to the US from China.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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(Newser) – Beware of fake fancy footwear. US customs agents seized about 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. The shoes came in on a cargo ship from China, and they could have fetched upward of $18 million on the black market, reports ABC News. A pair of the real-deal designer shoes can go for thousands of dollars, notes AP. These fakes will probably be burned.

“The original [Christian Louboutin] shoe is made in Italy,” says a customs agent. “Once we saw it was coming in from China, we knew there was a problem with the shipment.” (Read more Christian Louboutin stories.)

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