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2/3 were FAKE. COUNTERFEIT Puma Suedes
November 6, 2017
Pretty disappointed with this purchase. I ordered three pairs in different colors, and only one of the three was genuine. The other two were clearly FAKE/COUNTERFEIT/KNOCKOFFS. It may be hard to discern if this was your first pair, and you may just write off Pumas as a crummy brand, but please inspect carefully when you receive them. I've been wearing the Puma Suedes for the past 6-7ish years, and these are the first pairs I've purchased online.
The gold print and logo should be sharp with crisp edges, and smooth. Two of my pairs had print that was run together and had a bunch of "overspray" or whatever you want to call it. The leather is also of a different quality, which may be harder to discern. See the pictures I uploaded with my review. Only the grey pair is genuine, and I think you will see the difference.
The sole/underside: Only the genuine pair had a very clearly defined "®". The other two were poorly cast.
The box: If you open your shoebox and it has a sticker that says "ycmproducts.com", you very likely have a fake. The fake pairs also came wrapped in tissue paper that says "puma". The genuine pair had plain white tissue paper and no sticker. The boxes are nearly identical themselves.
I bought three pairs seeing the price drop, and only one was real. I'm returning the other two to Amazon, and using the money to buy one real pair in the store.
Update 12/9/18: I never got around to buying new from the store, I've just been wearing the grey pair ever since; I did just purchase two pairs from Puma.com over black Friday though... The first pair I received was perfect in every way, but the box still had the ycmproducts.com sticker. I'm honestly not sure what to make of it now... I'm starting to think that perhaps Puma did some outsourcing, and those companies did a terrible job(?). Perhaps the two crummy pairs were "authentic", but poorly manufactured. Open to suggestions on that idea, and I'll update again once I receive my second pair. Maybe it's a certain country on manufacture that needs to be looked out for?
I'll leave it at one star for now, and perhaps give one or two more when I find out more...