U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has recently seized 20,457 counterfeit Christian Louboutins en route from China. That's over $18 million at retail. CBP Spokesman, Jaime Ruiz, verified this: five shipments containing shoes with Louboutin's trademarked red sole were seized on Tuesday from the Long Beach, CA seaport. Another shipment was seized there on July 27. Ruiz said that CBP will likely destroy the counterfeit shoes, which were high quality counterfeits and were probably set for sale at area swap meets and/or online. As of late, counterfeiters primarily sell goods online as they can quickly and relatively anonymously provide high quality pictures (most commonly of real Louboutins) and operate seemingly legitimate websites. To ensure that you are buying real red soles online, only shop on authorized retail sites: Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Barneys NY.