20,000 Fake Louboutins Seized

    LONG BEACH, CA - AUGUST 16: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Elizabeth Ortega displays counterfeit Louboutin pumps and high heels featuring the distinctive red sole of French designer Christian Louboutin are displayed at Price Transfer Warehouse on August 16, 2012 in Long Beach, California. Between July 27 and Aug. 14, import specialists and officers assigned to the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaport have seized a total of five shipments from China containing more than 20,000 pairs in vilolation of the French designer's trademark with a potential retail value of $18 million. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    Note to future imposters: if you’re shipping fake designer shoes, make sure they come from a believable location. U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 20,457 pairs of the counterfeit heels with a retail value of $18 million at the Long Beach [Calif.] Airport on Thursday. The shoes, shipped from China, would have cost $3 per pair to make there. “The original [Christian Louboutin] shoe is made in Italy,” chief customs officer Guillermina Escobar told ABC News. “Once we saw it was coming in from China, we knew there was a problem with the shipment.” Customs said it will destroy the shoes—probably by burning them.

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