HOW TO AUTHENTICATE CHANEL SHOES?
The legendary two-tone Chanel shoe was released in 1957, created by Gabrielle “Coco" Chanel, the beige shoe featured a contrasting black toe cap.
Almost all of the Chanel shoes models are made in Italy under the highest quality and craftsmanship standards. The stitching around the top line and details should be precise and follow a straight line. No glue residue or any visual irregularities should appear on the upper, any unexplained stitching is a sign of unauthenticity. Hardware used on Chanel shoes is of top quality and is always securily fixed. Most Chanel pumps and high heel sandals feature a leather outsole that is smoothly sanded down and left unfinished, so it may change color. If the leather looks like it’s been coated or feels not natural, that is not a good sign. On Chanel shoes with leather outsoles, you will find the size stamp there. However on styles that have rubber outsoles, like espadrilles and boots, the size will be found foil stamped on the interior of the shoe.
Since Chanel shoes are handcrafted, each pair is unique and it’s best to try them on in one of the brand’s official boutiques before buying vintage pair online.
Chanel flats and boots typically run a 1/2 size to a full size small.
Most Chanel shoes have a style number printed on the interior of the shoe which helps to indicated the collection, season, style and the size of the model. The style number should be foil stamped in the same color as the interior logo. Some strappy sandals omit the style number if there is not enough room for the print, however this is the outlier situation.
Which the exception of the Chanel espadrilles, which are made in Spain, all other Chanel models are manufactured in France or Italy.
Unlike Chanel bags, Chanel shoes do not come with an authenticity cards. Watch out for fraudulent sellers trying to up-sell a pair of Chanel shoes with an authenticity card.
Looking at the designer markings is key to authenticating any piece by a luxury brand. The outsole of every Chanel shoe will be marked with the word ‘Chanel’ and the country it was made in. The insoles of Chanel shoes will have similar markings, word Chanel with the Chanel logo below, followed by the country it was made in. The insole markings are often foil stamped in the same color as the hardware or blind debossed. If the shoe has a leather outsole, the size will be stamped on it beneath the phrase “Made In Italy.” If the shoe doesn’t have a leather outsole, it will be stamped on the interior.
Chanel is known for offering a wide variety of models from very subtle or nonexistent hardware to over-the-top emebellished styles. Whenever the hardware is used in the design of Chanel shoes, it should be well cast, sturdy, securely fixed and will often be decorated with “CC” or “Chanel” logo.
Double check that the logo is accurately presented—meaning the right 'C' overlaps the left 'C' at the top and the left 'C' overlaps the right 'C' at the bottom. Both 'C's should evenly sized with the same width throughout.
The materials of the Chanel shoes must be as impeccable and high quality just as the ones used for the brand’s ready-to-wear collections. Chanel uses an array of different materials from leathers like calfskin or lambskin to fabrics like satin or canvas, as well as exotics and less used materials like lace, pearls and crystals. Make sure to inspect the materials - synthetic fabrics, imitation leather as well as low-quality materials are clear signs of fake.
Another rule of thumb? Don’t judge a shoe by its heel taps. Chanel heel taps will always be cut to match the contour of the heel shape, whether round or square. While Chanel uses very sturdy heels in the construction of their shoes, these may be replaced when worn down.