i don't like fakes. they don't satisfy in the same way as the real thing does. i don't think i'll ever buy a pair of real louboutins but i'd rather do without than buy some cheapo knock-offs.
and i think it's hilarious when people swear up and down that their knock-off looks as good as the real thing. uh, no it doesn't. i've seen one knock-off purse in my life that actually looked almost like the real thing and where the quality was comparable, and that was only because it was an upscale knock-off and cost over half of what the original did. but it was still at least 500 dollars.
i also don't buy brand names for the name. when i do splurge, i do it because it's something that is beautifully made and of exceptional quality.