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LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — More than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes, worth an estimated $57,490, were seized from a shipment from China at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex.

The seizure of 20,457 pairs of counterfeit shoes was made Tuesday, and had an “estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price” of $18 million, according to Jaime Ruiz of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“Worn by celebrities and royalty in the fashion world, the lacquered red sole in (the) shoes is a distinctive symbol of famous French designer Christian Loubotin,” Ruiz said in a statement.

“However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection specialists have a different view of the lacquered red sole,” Ruiz said. “They see a trademark protected by U.S. law.”

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