Anytime something is successful chances are there will be copycats following quickly behind. With Vibram Five Fingers the case is no different. Not only are other companies copying their trademarked style, but many of these companies (which happen to be Chinese in origin) are just outright pretending to be the Vibram! They are making their own fake versions; putting Vibram’s logos on them, using the same shoe names, and flooding the market with their Vibram FakeFinger shoes. That’s gutsy!
The problem is big enough that when you go to Vibram Five Fingers homepage that you are greeted with this warning letter.
If that is too small to read I’ll transcribe the main parts below:
To All Consumers,
We want to inform you about our efforts to fight the sale of counterfeit merchandise, a serious meance that has recently surfaced after the success of our authentically unique Vibram FiveFingers.
Fake merchandise and trademarks appear daily in the market, often sold from unauthorized or fraudulent Vibram or FiveFingers websites.
Purchasing only authentic Vibram FiveFingers ensures that you avoid wasting your money on poor quality product, or worse, having your personal and financial information compromised. In addition, insisting on authentic Vibram FiveFingers supports fair labor and ethical business practices, responsibilities counterfeiters flagrantly ignore.
If you have questions or concerns about suspicious websites, on-line discounted sales, or counterfeits of Vibram designs please contact us at www.vibramfivefingers.com/info/contact or firstname.lastname@example.org
So there you have it. The problem has become big enough that Vibram has decided to address it head on. What are some ways you can prevent being duped from purchasing fake Vibram FiveFingers? Below are some tips:
- Check out the official list of Vibram FiveFinger retailers
- See if you can find a phone number, address, or any other contact info for the site selling FiveFingers (or possible FakeFingers)…most counterfeit sites won’t post any kind of contact info
- Check and see if the colors/styles are what are listed on the FiveFingers website. Often the fakers will offer shoes with colors that don’t exist
- Look at the price of the shoes. Most fake shoe makers are selling FiveFingers for more than 50% off the retail price. So if you see a pair of FiveFingers for $50 as opposed to $100 warning bells should go off. The old adage of “if it sounds too good to be true…than it probably isn’t” applies here…
Crunchgear has a compiled a list of confirmed online stores that are selling the fake versions of Vibram’s shoes. If you are looking to avoid being scammed into buying a fake version of FiveFingers you probably should avoid these stores.
Fake Vibram FiveFingers Websites and Stores
vibramfivesfingers.com (Note the â€œSâ€)
If you guys know of anymore let us know and we’ll add it to this list.
We are curious to know however, if anyone has bought a pair of these fake FiveFinger shoes. If you have let us know in the comments how they are and what your experience was like. My experience with fake Chinese goods is that while it is much cheaper than the original the quality is sorely lacking. Case in point. Check out my “Burberry” wallet.
Well, you’ve been warned.