Headline Muse, 8/16

Fancy footware is rarely bad news
But a shade could be simply a ruse
When a pirated red
Isn’t silly—instead,
It’s the soul of the sole of the shoes

Headline: Fake ‘red sole’ shoes seized at Los Angeles port

Customs agents in Los Angeles seized 20,457 pairs of fake Christian Louboutin shoes shipped from China, U.S. officials said Thursday.
The counterfeit lacquered “red sole” shoes, an icon in women’s fashion, could have brought $18 million if they had reached the online and underworld market, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

18 million dollars for 20,457 pairs of shoes?

I may well be on the side of the counterfeiters.


  1. carpenterman says

    18 million for 20,457 pairs…
    $879.89 a pair.
    Jesus and all his pets, what us white folks won’t waste our money on.

  2. machintelligence says

    I have heard that smuggling Designer Jean labels is big business. You can sew them on any old pair of bluejeans and the value goes up. Apparently the label is the only difference.

  3. OurSally says

    I bought a pair of cheap Chinese jeans just once. They never fit properly, and they fell apart in the washing machine.

    So, never again. However, I notice that some of my favourite brands have things made there, and the quality is fine. You just need good quality control.

    Now if the Chinese could make high quality clothes with a Chinese look to them – dragons on the labels, phoenix on the T-shirts, willow pattern motifs on jumpers, those dresses with the hihg collar, well I would be pleased to buy them. Why make bad copies when they could make good originals?

    (phoenices? phoenixes? phoenes?)

  4. Crudely Wrott says

    Shoes for industry! Shoes for the dead!

    With a capital ugh.

    Should I run into anyone wearing such footwear I would surely run the other way.

  5. OurSally says

    >But I don’t think the phoenix myth is Chinese.

    I don’t know where it came from originally but the phoenix fighting the dragon is a common motif in Chinese decoration.

  6. justsomeguy says

    I’m still trying to figure out how “shoe with a red sole” is protected intellectual property.

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