How to Spot Fake vs. Real Tory Burch Shoes: 5 Ways to Check

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We live in a world of fakes. If something high-end and in-demand exists, counterfeiters won’t hesitate to make a cheaper, knock-off version to appeal to low-budget buyers with expensive taste.

No popular label is immune. Gucci products, trendy Canada Goose jackets and even relatively-affordable Nike shoes: counterfeiters won’t hesitate to rip off any designer if it means they can make a buck.

Today, we’re looking at designer Tory Burch and her signature shoes. Her popular handbags are frequently counterfeited as well.

Tory Burch shoes can be purchased in hundreds of stores worldwide and are carried by thousands of department storesTory Burch shoes can be purchased in hundreds of stores worldwide and are carried by thousands of department stores (Credit: Tang Yan Song / Shutterstock)

If you love quality and are ready to invest a little more money into purchasing luxurious items, you should learn how to protect yourself from scammers who might want to sell you fakes.

This short guide will help you determine fake Tory Burch shoes from the original ones at first glance.

1. Pay attention to the packaging

One of the first indicators that you might be dealing with fraudulent, fake products is the packaging.

High-end designers tend to perfect their packaging and make it as memorable as possible, since it’s the first part of a product any consumer sees.

Beautiful boxes under a Christmas tree feature a colorful geometric pattern and the double-T logo of Tory BurchBeautiful boxes under a Christmas tree feature a colorful geometric pattern and the double-T logo of Tory Burch (Credit: Rosemarie Mosteller / Shutterstock)

So, if you order a pair of Tory Burch shoes and they arrive in a lightweight, cheap-looking box, you might be dealing with a fake product.

Regardless of box weight or quality, check the Tory Burch logo on the box. It should be centered and free of spelling errors.

Kathy Hilton holds a Tory Burch box as she leaves Ivy Restaurant in Los AngelesKathy Hilton holds a Tory Burch box as she leaves Ivy Restaurant in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 2008 (Credit: Revolutionpix / INFphoto)

Of course, check the design of the box, as well. Tory Burch boxes have very unique orange and purple designs.

Some Tory Burch shoes also come wrapped in an original protective dust bag. If your product comes with a bag, give it an inspection as well. Make sure it’s high-quality and isn’t snagged, fraying or cheap.

Tory Burch handbags and shoes on display at one of the designer's official storesTory Burch handbags and shoes on display at one of the designer’s official stores (Credit: Sorbis / Shutterstock)

Other Tory Burch shoes come packed with a lot of wrappers, as well as stuffing placed inside each shoe to maintain its shape.

So, pay close attention to your Tory Burch product’s packaging. If packaging elements are missing, cheap or low-quality, your product may be a knock-off.

2. Check the stitches

Stitches are a surefire way to tell if your product is counterfeit.

Discolored stitches can be an indicator of a fake product. Stitches should always match the color of the product — or, in the case of contrasting stitches — should look exactly like product photos.

If the stitches seem too thin or too loose, you are definitely holding a fake in your hands.

Tory Burch is an attainable luxury brand and her shoes feature stitching that is neat and consistent throughoutTory Burch is an attainable luxury brand and her shoes feature stitching that is neat and consistent throughout

The stitches should be tight and V-shaped. Zig-zag or sloppy stitches are clear indicators of a fake product.

In addition to the stitches, you should also pay attention to the glue. While original Tory Burch shoes do use high-quality adhesives, glue drips, smudges or blobs shouldn’t be visible at all.

If you see visible glue residue on your shoe, there’s a good chance it’s a fake.

3. Take a closer look at the shoes

If you’re buying shoes from a brick-and-mortar, then hold them in your hands, feel the materials and smell them. It might sound silly, but it works.

Do the shoes have real leather soles? Most Tory Burch shoes have leather soles, in which case you should smell the leather odor.

Tory Burch is famous for her comfortable and lightweight Miller sandalsTory Burch is famous for her comfortable and lightweight Miller sandals (Credit: Melissamn / Shutterstock)

Not even the best frauds can fake or mask the smell of real leather. Additionally, the soles of fakes are often made out of poor-quality materials that don’t even match the design and the outside of the shoe.

Make sure to examine each shoe and look for something that might seem off or as if it doesn’t belong there. Always remember to check the bottom of your shoes.

Authentic Tory Burch ones have round size stickers, all marked with the letter M, and most of them will have “Made in China” written at the bottom.

Tory Burch and Sydney Sweeney attend the 2022 Costume Institute Benefit celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtTory Burch (L) and Sydney Sweeney attend the 2022 Costume Institute Benefit celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2 in New York City (Credit: Jennifer Graylock / INSTARimages / Cover Images)

“I’ve always embraced Made in China,” Tory told South China Morning Post about moving her factories to China. “The things we make in China are absolutely beautiful and the quality is outstanding and has got better over the years.”

Given that many products consumed in America are made in China, this isn’t the most helpful tip. However, plenty of countries export a large number of goods, so it is important to distinguish.

4. The logo is very important

Fraudsters are getting better at their craft, and distinguishing a real from a fake is getting harder over time. A purchaser used to be able to spot a fake simply through an incorrect logo.

While using a product logo as a method of identifying frauds is harder than it used to be, it’s still not impossible. Diligently check an authentic product logo against the logo of the product you’re about to buy.

Looking like a cross, the Tory Burch logo looks features two identical letters “T” placed one over the other, with the top “T” turned upside downLooking like a cross, the Tory Burch logo looks features two identical letters “T” placed one over the other, with the top “T” turned upside down (Credit: Robert Way / Shutterstock)

It’s also important to pay attention to the materials the logo is made of. If it looks flawless and doesn’t give off a metal smell, the shoes might be authentic.

5. Pay attention to the pricing

The old adage exists for a reason: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Price is yet another indicator you can use to determine if the shoes you intend to buy are fake Tory Burch ones or not.

Almost every pair of original Tory Burch shoes costs a couple of hundred dollars. Frauds are very intelligent, and some might end up asking for almost the same amount of money as on the brand’s official website.

Fashion designer Tory Burch attends the Nordstrom NYC Flagship Opening PartyFashion designer Tory Burch attends the Nordstrom NYC Flagship Opening Party on October 22, 2019, in New York City (Credit: Kristin Callahan / ACE Pictures / INSTARimages)

Counterfeiters will price their products similarly to authentic products to make you think you’re ordering the genuine product.

That’s why you should always be suspicious if you aren’t purchasing the shoes at the official site of the designer. Other trusted retailers selling real Tory Burch shoes include Shopbop, Zappos, and Nordstrom.

On the other hand, some frauds tend to lower the price more — even 10-to-20 percent lower than the original price of the authentic product — to make shoppers think they’re getting the real thing at a good deal.

Always remember to second-guess anything you see on the internet to avoid getting scammed.

Hopefully these tips will help you ensure your next Tory Burch shoe purchase is completely authentic.

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