Fake Shoes

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  1. Fake Shoes Impact to Shoe Companies:$12 Billion

Fake Shoes

Information about fake shoes and the manufacutring of counterfeit shoes around the world. Data about fake shoes for sale is collected from criminal justice information that is publicly released.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police saw an increase in the number of cases involving harmful counterfeit goods in Canada between 2005 and 2013.

In 2005, harmful counterfeits were involved with 11.5 percent of cases. By 2012, there were over 200 cases, or 30.4 percent of cases, that involved harmful fakes of toys, drugs, cosmetics, batteries and electronics.

In 2012, the counterfeit good that was most seized by the RCMP was replica clothing and replica shoes, which accounted for 45 percent of all counterfeits seized, followed by pirated movies and music with 20 percent.

Source:  Rita Demontis, “Beware of counterfeit goods on Black Friday,” Toronto Sun, November 28, 2013.

According to anti-counterfeiting lawyers in India, the market for counterfeit luxury goods in the country is increasing by 40 percent each year. The rise in replica handbags, shoes and clothing is greater than the increase for their legitimate items, as market analysts state that the luxury goods industry in India is rising by 20 percent.

Source:  Vijaya Rathore, “Luxury brands like Hermes, Gucci & others to take on faster growing fakes in India,” Economic Times, August 28, 2013.

British fashion companies such as Burberry lose up to $5.4 Billion (£3.5 Billion) a year to replica clothing and fake shoes.

In total, the United Kingdom losses at least $21 Billion, according to previous reports.

Source:  Shaunacy Ferro, “New technology spots designer knock-off,” Salon, August 8, 2013.


The United States Customs and Border Protection announced that it seized 1.500 counterfeit Hermes handbags in February 2013 at the Los Angeles – Long Beach port complex. The two shipments that were violating the trademark of Hermes were originally shipped from China.

The Los Angeles – Long Beach Port is a major entry point of fake goods entering the Untied States from Asia.  According to the Associated Press, seizures have included 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes and roughly 79,000 counterfeit sunglasses with logos similar to Armani, Coach and Gucci.

(See all statistics on replica handbags.)

Source:  AP, “1,500 counterfeit Hermes handbags seized at California ports,” Washington Post, March 5, 2013.

The United States Customs and Border Protection released their annual seizure statistics of counterfeit items for Fiscal Year 2012.

7,800 replica clothing items with a retail value of $133 Million was seized in 2012, down from the 8,094 fake items worth $142.3 Million in 2011.

$511 Million worth for replica handbags and wallets, $186.9 Million worth of replica watches and jewelry, and $103 Million worth of replica shoes were also seized by US Customs during the fiscal year.

Law enforcement agencies also took down 697 websites that were facilitating the sale of counterfeit goods online.

Source:  Sarah Karmali, “Number Of Counterfeit Fashion Seizures Down,” Vogue, January 21, 2013.

According to a study conducted by the website CouponCodes4u.com, three-quarters of women admitted that they had knowing purchased a counterfeit fashion item. Over half of the respondents stated that they bought the fake product because they couldn’t afford the legitimate item, and 37 percent stated that they wanted to impress people with their fake item.

2,105 women answered questions in the poll.

Almost a third of the respondents bought replica handbags and wallets, and nearly 25 percent of the women bought a fake designer dress or replica clothing items. 20 percent bought jewelry or replica shoes.

Source:  Patricia Reaney, “In quest for designer look, U.S. women admit buying knockoffs,” Reuters, January 8, 2013.

The market in counterfeit goods in Colombia is estimated to be worth between $4 Billion to $5 Billion a year.

Up to 12 million pairs of counterfeit or fake shoes from China enter Colombia each year.

One out of ever two bottles of alcohol sold in the Northern Antioquia province was counterfeit.

Source:  Hannah Stone, “Colombia Sees Flood of Pirated Chinese Shoes,” Insight, April 17, 2012.

Fakes and counterfeit clothes in Mexico costs the legitimate clothing industry up to $9.5 Billion a year.

In addition, up to 200 million pairs of fake shoes enter Mexico each year.

Source: Lauren Villagran, “Mexico’s crime groups grabbing lucrative market for pirated goods,” Bellingham Herald, May 22, 2011.

The counterfeit clothing and counterfeit shoes industry in Australia is estimated to be valued at over $658 Million (600 Million Australian Dollars).

Source: Jim O’rourke, “Fake detergent a new face on dirty money laundering,” The Age, May 1, 2011.

Replica shoes and athletic footwear was the most seized counterfeit seizures by the United States Customs and Border Protection in Fiscal Year 2010. Fake shoes accounted for 24 percent of all seizures, with 94 percent of the shoes originating from China.

There were 4,338 seizures of counterfeit athletic and sports apparel in FY 2010 worth $18.7 Million. 75 percent of the fakes came from China.

Exercise equipment accounted for the 10th most seized item, with 594 seizures of counterfeit equipment during the fiscal year.

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Source: “Counterfeit Sporting Goods Seizures Up in 2010, White House Seeks Enhanced Seizure Authority,” Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, March 28, 2011.