With the growth of show-biz and social media, the markets are getting flooded with fake sneakers and streetwears. Whether it is to cater to the aspiring Tiktokers who want to flex their drip, or just to fool people who have little to no knowledge on how to spot the fakes, the bootleg sneaker industry is skyrocketing rapidly, and clearly, it is a huge concern.
In this article, we will guide you with the most important points that will help you on how to spot fake Nike sneakers or fake Jordans. Even though in this article we will mostly focus on Nike but the majority of these points are valid for other brands as well.
1. Using Black Light UV torch to spot fake Nike/Jordan Sneakers:
One of the legacy ways to spot fakes is by using a black light. Even though the newly released sneakers and their fakes blacklight fails to provide much assistance, but if you are planning to buy any sneaker which has released before 2018 and wants to perform a legit check on them then black light is extremely effective.
The picture on the left shows a fake Air Jordan 1 sneaker exposed under the black light. The UV stamps are signs of fakes, as the original sneaker or the box from Nike will never have any UV stamps in them. Majority of the time these stamps are found on the fake sneaker box.
2. Validating SKU number on the box and the shoe:
Every pair of authentic Nike shoes comes with an SKU number that is identical to the SKU number on their box. If the numbers are missing or do not match, they are surely fakes. Also the release year and the QR code from the tongue is also very important information, if one silhoutte is released in 2020 but the date on the tongue says otherwise then they are most likely to be fugazi.
3. Examine the tongue properly:
We took a fake pair of Air Force 1 cactus Jack and our findings from the tongue was enough to determine it as a fake.
The very first thing we saw that the tongue says “Made in Vietnam” but Travis AF1’s were limited and were produced in China. Also, the very first number on the tongue says “CN2405-900″ (CN refers to China) but the fabric is saying it’s made in Vietnam which clearly doesn’t make any sense at all.
Lastly the font and the very last URL to Nike website is overlapping and unreadable.
4. Difference in Material Quality :
The most obvious way to tell the difference between a fake Nike shoe and a real one is by the materials used. All the Nike sneakers go through QC test before they are released in the market, which is not the case for the fakes.
The suedes and the leathers that are used to create the fakes will always feel different as the material is not getting imported or being procured from the same source as Nike. In the below image of the fake Travis AF1’s if you look at the toe box material and the suede quality you can clearly tell that they are fakes. Original suede used on the real Travis AF1’s are way furrier but here they are not, and also the leather quality is extremely poor too.
5. Check the outsoles and try the shoes:
The soles of most fake Nike sneakers feel like plastic and don’t have much traction, while real Nike shoes have BRS 1000 rubber soles which provide better grip and traction. Also, the outsole color looks different than the real ones as the material used is not the same as the originals.
Hope this article was helpful for you, also let us know in the comments below if you have some other tips and tricks to spot fakes.