Counterfeit sneaker ring busted after Adidas and Flipper reported fakes on the market


Over the weekend, while Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) played host to SneakerLah, the city’s biggest dedicated sneaker and streetwear showcase, Sabah police added the busting of a counterfeit shoe ring onto their list of successes.

The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) of the Borneo state seized 4,563 knock-off Flipper slippers and over RM30,365 (US$8,000) in fake Adidas shoes.

The police say the raids occurred at several locations in and around Penampang last week, after a tip-off from Adidas and Flipper manufacturers who were worried their trademarks were being infringed upon.

Along for the ride were two representatives from each shoe brand, who confirmed to police that the stock that they seized, among them over 4,000 Flipper slippers, 650 Adidas slippers and 263 Adidas shoes, where in fact counterfeit.

Comparing the real with genuine, there were inconsistencies with size, bar code, logo and more.

Cost-conscious aunties everywhere who have carried fake designer bags for decades breathed a collective sigh of exasperation. Nothing worse than lazy counterfeiting.

Harian Metro added that they have been sent to labs for composition details and will then be handed to the public prosecutor’s office.


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