Okay….so I don’t buy a lot of designer stuff..and I love a bargain on Ebay…and I guess I’m naive…..My daughter has been wanting Uggs forever..so I finally decided to break down and get her a pair…..but of course, I thought I could get a bargain on Ebay. So I watched and watched and watched the auctions and did all my research and finally bid on an auction that said, Brand New, In Box….I bid on them. I waited and my daughter waited and then they came…what a disappointment!
I really had no idea there were counterfeit Uggs and I certainly never thought that it is what I had bought. I mean they were $68….okay, that is more than half price..but I still didn’t think they would be fake. As soon as I opened the box..I knew they were real. Then, I did some online research and realized how foolish I had been……there are counterfeit ones all over the internet, and especially on Ebay!! (I said I don’t buy designer stuff much!!)
So, off we went to the mall to buy the REAL thing at a REAL authorized retail store!
So, I decided to do my own side by side comparison….just in case you think you might save some money…..maybe you’ll get a bargain..I sure hope so….but hopefully you won’t get disappointed…like me. Now, the person I bought them from did say they would give me a refund..so I am shipping them off and keeping my fingers crossed!
So, here is my guide to Counterfeit Uggs:
Okay…the real box is on the left. It is a two piece box which is very large and fits both boots in there without folding them. The fake box is on the right..it is one piece and has a handle.
When I opened the fake Uggs….they immediately had a “chemical” smell. They were folded in half. Also, supposedly a tell-tale sign of counterfeit Uggs is a hang-tag on the boot attached with a safety pin.
The next obvious counterfeit sign was the shape of the foot. The real ones have a slight curve to them and the fake ones (on the right) go straight down…..it is slight..but when you are holding them together..you can see it…..
The next thing about the fake Uggs is the inside “lambswool”. The real ones (on the left) just felt so soft and thick. The fake ones (on the right) were synthetic looking and felt like acrylic. Also, a sales person told me that all real Uggs have a bottom liner that are tan, not ever a different color. I’m not sure how accurate this is…but it was true with our experience.
The next thing was the soles of the shoes. I would say the bottoms looked almost identical. The only give away was that the real Uggs (on the left) could bend slightly and the fake ones didn’t bend at all..they were also a bit thicker and lighter.
The back of the shoes, where the Ugg label is was also a dead giveaway. Again, all the websites that warn you about fake Uggs say that the real Uggs (left side) always have the label about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the sole; whereas the fake ones always have the label raised up too high (and sometimes off center or crooked). Also, the writing is a bit different. And the color was just “off” on the fake ones. It didn’t match the color on the sole of the shoe as well as the real ones.
That pretty much sums up what I could find to be the differences. The fake Uggs also didn’t have that suede feel to them..they weren’t soft and textured like suede. Hopefully, this will help anyone out there who may get duped into thinking the counterfeit Uggs are the real thing…because they do a really good job at faking it!