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Rick Owens Dunks - Need help with authentication if possible?


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Feb 23, 2020
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Hello all and good evening. I am new on this forum in search of someone or people on here who can possibly help me authenticate a couple of Rick Owens Dunks sneakers we have. I run a small shop and we specialize in Men's shoes of all kinds. Anyways, I received these the other day from a garage sale and decided not to list them on our eBay store yet, until I can get opinions and second set of eyes who know this brand more than I do. I have NEVER picked up any Rick Owens items before and this is the first for me. The only thing I know about the brand is that they are expensive.... =)

So, after doing a little bit of research about these shoes, I quickly realized that there are some fakers out there that make replicas of these ( go figure...). However, after a little more research and investigation, I also realized that the ones I have seem to lean more on the "authentic" side, except for a couple of things.

One, the zipper toggle on both are YKK zippers, as opposed to the Reccagni zippers. However, I've also read on other forums that these shoes have used YKK zippers, depending on the year they were manufactured (don't know if that's true or not...).

Two. For the life of me, I can not see or find the size label or mark anywhere. I know that the size are supposed to be on the inside flap of the zipper. On both of mine, when I look there, it seems like there has been some kind of writing there before that could have worn off. Are these size labels or writing prone to coming off over time?

Three. On all the pictures of any Rick Owens shoes I've seen, I always see the shoes' serial number on the inside near the top side of the shoes with a "MADE IN ITALY" stamp, or lettering. I don't see that on mine. For the ones I have, they both have a "851-1 S" number (serial number???) stamp but no "MADE IN ITALY". Others have said that again, in the older line of these RO Dunks, those stamps are not always there.... I am a bit confused...

Anyways, I have attached some photos of the shoes with this thread so that the experts on here can possibly help me if they can. I just don't want to list them only to find out later that they are fakes and then eBay will come shut me down... =) Thank you all very much in advance and any help at all will be very ,much appreciated.


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