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(25 Posts)
WanderingTrolley1 Fri 31-Jul-15 19:41:52

Is the branding on the side of the sandal printed on or imprinted into the leather?

I have 2 pairs, with the different marking. One pair was off eBay, though.

Itsalldramarama Fri 31-Jul-15 20:21:17

I have gizahs in both black and silver .. The black ones are embossed into the leather , I know the silver ones have the writing in black , they are upstairs but I'm sure they are imprinted as well

WanderingTrolley1 Fri 31-Jul-15 20:25:51

Hmm. I could have a fake pair, then, damnit.

CherryLip Fri 31-Jul-15 20:39:13

My white ones are embossed.

mejon Fri 31-Jul-15 21:19:37

I've just checked my Papillio ones and they have the name printed rather than embossed. They aren't leather though. My leather Arizona ones are embossed.

TheoriginalLEM Fri 31-Jul-15 21:25:19

where does the leather/strap attach to the shoe? I bought a pair out of tk max last year and the leather attaches withing the footbed. Turns out they are for the American market. Still genuine Birkies but a cheaper version. £25 v £55 for my new pair that i bought the other week because the old pair split. I might get off my arse in a bit and check the old pair

TheoriginalLEM Fri 31-Jul-15 21:26:23

They are both embossed.

Jaeme Fri 31-Jul-15 21:41:26

It varies

It's usually embossed or printed but I have the mirror ones that were released this summer and they don't have print or emboss on them. I know they're genuine as they were bought from office.

WanderingTrolley1 Sat 01-Aug-15 08:59:04

Does this seem right?

Itsalldramarama Sat 01-Aug-15 10:55:45

Not sure maybe it depends on the style ? My silver ones are embossed

Tanaqui Sat 01-Aug-15 10:57:24

Floral papillon, bought in Birkenstock shop, printed on if that helps!

Marmaladybird Sat 01-Aug-15 12:29:53

I have a pair of white Relax 200 (cheap two strap style from TK Maxx) and it's Embossed into the straps.

WanderingTrolley1 Sun 02-Aug-15 13:09:24

I'm still not convinced.

Just seems poor quality for the print to be wearing off.

PartyintheKitchen Sun 02-Aug-15 13:16:22

Embossed and really shouldn't fade. I've a few pairs, from old to new and the branding stays put always. angry for you.

scatterthenuns Sun 02-Aug-15 13:18:19

Those are fake, I'm afraid.

WanderingTrolley1 Sun 02-Aug-15 17:45:58


Just messaged the seller to inform them of my disappointment.

Wonder how this'll be best resolved. Don't want to let them get away with selling fakes.

Tanaqui Sun 02-Aug-15 20:56:57

My papillon which are printed on the side, have Birkenstock on the buckle and the bit that holds the toe post together.

highkickindandy Sun 02-Aug-15 23:48:42

My leather Birkenstock and leather Betula both have embossed name on the side and Birkenstock/Betula on the buckles.

I have patterned Birko-flor(?) Papillio which have Papillio on the buckles but only printed on the sides - genuine from the online store. I have silver Papillio that are embossed, like the silver Birkenstock from another poster.

splodgeness Mon 03-Aug-15 15:00:01

My white ones are embossed.
That pair look fake.
The white sole is thinner too.

Getdownfromtherethisinstant Mon 03-Aug-15 17:57:48

The printing on that pair is a little bit wonky too. My floral papillios are printed but haven't rubbed off or faded at all after two years.

VolumniaDedlock Mon 03-Aug-15 17:59:02

i have white madrids, bought at John Lewis
they are embossed

WanderingTrolley1 Tue 04-Aug-15 19:48:52

Seller is adamant they're authentic - bought in Office.

Got techy when I asked if I could return for refund, but will refund nonetheless.

scatterthenuns Tue 04-Aug-15 21:42:03

Seller is trying it on.

Glad you're getting the refund.

highkickindandy Wed 05-Aug-15 01:45:42

Glad you're getting a refund. The print on my Papillios is not faded or wearing off at all and they were worn a lot last summer. I don't like the way yours are faded.

WanderingTrolley1 Wed 05-Aug-15 20:52:01

I returned them signed for to ensure she receives them, even though she "has a lot of her plate at the moment" and the return cost will be mine "if it's too expensive".

Talk about trying to keep your buyers happy!...

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