Since I’m the shoe “guru”, I think I need to speak on something highly important regarding the Wish website/app.
God I hate saying that word: guru.
Is there another alternative?
There are a lot of fake products on Wish and that’s why they can lower their price to a much cheaper margin.
Does this mean all their shoes are fake too?
Are we dealing with counterfeit sneakers that mimic the real thing but much lower in quality?
That’s what I will be answering in this article.
What constitutes a “fake”?
Surprisingly, Wish has already touched on this subject in their “FAQs” section.
Please read this carefully:
They have written this carefully to save their behind, basically saying they don’t sell counterfeit products.
But they definitely do!
What they are saying is that a product is not fake or counterfeit as long as it doesn’t mimic the real product.
They claim that they remove products from their system if:
- They mimic the original product
- They feature a logo similar to the real thing
- They mask the original logo
- They copy the same patterns
- They display real names in the titles
But I know for a fact that Wish doesn’t follow these rules because if they did, pretty much all of their products would be removed.
Does this seem like a mimic or replica to you?
I’m going to show you some examples of shoes that look exactly like the originals.
I mean, do I really need to say more?
Clearly it follows the same pattern, follows the same shape, and showcases a VERY similar logo.
And because they don’t put “Yeezy” anywhere, not even the title, it gets the green light from Wish.
They put the name as “Men Lace Up Breathable Sneakers Running Shoes Sports Shoes Athletic Shoes Jogging Shoes 4 Colors”.
And these types of copy-cat shoes just go on, and on, and on.
Here’s another example of Nike Air Jordan 1.
The top is the real deal and the bottom is a knock-off.
You can see that they are made to be Air Jordan 1 Basketball Shoes.
They have altered the Nike swoosh which is supposed to be “against their terms and conditions”.
They follow the exact same pattern and design, and they still get the green light.
So those claims of Wish prohibiting these types of products entering their system is a big fat lie.
With the evidence out of the way, lets discuss whether or not Wish sell fake shoes.
So does Wish sell fake shoes?
Of course they do.
Well it’s not actually Wish themselves. They are the middleman just like Amazon, Ebay, etc.
They provide the website and they have merchants that sell products.
Just like fake shoes can slip through Amazon, it can happen with any website.
But more so with Wish because they are an online discount store.
Wish are as legit as Amazon and they always ship their goods.
But that doesn’t mean their sellers have your best interest at heart.
Sellers don’t sell original products and that’s how they are able to come up with a much cheaper alternative – a fake that looks similar.
For the average person that doesn’t know much about sneakers, or thinks they are getting the real thing, can be a big let down.
But it is what it is.
Wish claims they prohibit items like this but it doesn’t look like they are heavily enforcing these rules as there are thousands of products that mimic the real thing.
Is it bad to wear a fake shoe?
Is this a bad thing?
I mean, there’s more people walking around with fake shoes than real ones.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing as long as you know it’s fake.
It’s not a bad thing at all to be honest.
It’s incredibly hard to get your hands on a real pair of shoes these days, especially when we are dealing with limited stock like Yeezys.
More people have fake Yeezys than real ones.
So no, it’s not bad to wear fake shoes at all.
Just know that it won’t be as good as the original.
Does it mean low quality?
Yes, especially when it comes to shoes.
Most sellers on Wish are from China. They are probably made in a factory that has basic knowledge about shoes.
The comfort won’t be as good, the performance won’t be as good, and they are made with cheaper/lower quality materials.
The aim of the game is to make it look like the original but different enough for Wish to give it a pass and allow them to sell through their service.
So if you buy a pair of shoes from Wish.com, do realize that it won’t be as good as the original and certainly won’t last as long.
But like I said, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Now you know what Wish is all about and why they can lower their price to a fraction of the original, I hope I haven’t scared you off too much.
They claim they don’t sell fakes but they definitely do.
If it looks slightly different from the original and has a different name, it’s a fake, there’s no way around it.
Well that finishes up this article on Wish shoes and I hope I have cleared some things up for you.
Drop me a comment below if you have any questions regarding this article or Wish in general.
I’d be happy to answer them!
Otherwise thanks for reading and have a great day.