How To Spot Fake Jordans & Know You’ve Got Qualified Kicks
Real Jordans vs. Fake Jordans: Can you tell the difference? Fake Jordans have been on a steady rise as long as Jordans have been around. In recent years, however, fake Jordans have been getting harder to spot with higher grade knock offs being produced. Jordan prices are bullet proof, they’re not going down, but the demand keeps rising
for those rare items that are hard to get!
That means there’s a profit to be made and there are plenty of people grabbing up multiples to resell online, in store fronts or out in the alley. We’ve all Googled “cheap air jordans” and clicked through to websites with barely understandable English. As an 8&9er repping legit gear
, and the best shirts to match sneakers
, we’ve put together some ways to help you spot fake Jordans and shop with informed eyes.
1. You Didn’t Get Lucky – You Got Suckered
Unless an apocalypse arrives you probably wont find any legit DS Concords from any year for 49$-55$. Time to get obvious here. No matter how good of a day you’re having, you’re not gonna score a pair of legit Retro 11 Concords behind Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s what it is – you didn’t happen upon the find of a lifetime, you got hustled. The same goes for online retailers. If it’s too good to be true, know that it really isn’t good and it really isn’t true. You’re not getting Jordans for $59.99 – You’re getting fake Jordan’s for $59.99 plus tax, shipping and handling with inevitable return fees. That’s if they even honor returns. The same goes in an auction – you didn’t win, you lost money and a whole lot of common sense. They won’t be good, comfortable or even passably fake Jordans.
2. They Look Good, They’re Priced Right – Buy or Pass?
One of the telltale signs – the infamous Jumpman. Fake Jordans come with a lot of immediate tells, both online and in the store. Do they have a box? If not, pass. If so, check the box tag for acronyms, spelling mistakes and condensed language. Air Jordan Retro 11 Concords won’t be printed “A JRDN Ret 11 Cncrd”, it’ll be fully written out. Does the box have a DO NOT LAUNCH BEFORE tag? If so, you’re looking good. How many pictures are up? If none or they’re all stock photos, pass. If they have close ups, check for color bleed, triangle shaped imperfections in the canvas and enlarge the Jumpman. The Jumpman should be embroidered with four fingers on his free hand and the thumb should be pointed toward his body. Trust your eye when it comes to height and gloss. Fake Jordans are generally smaller and dull. If it doesn’t stack up in your eyes now, it probably won’t stack up out of the box.
3. What Else Should You Look For?
Check the box size... does your size 9 Jordan looks like its in a size 12 box? Is the box easily suer easy to unglue? Those Jordans are fake bruh. Counterfeiters have gotten better with duplicating things on the box, including the tags placed on the box from retailers like Foot Action and Foot Locker. Don't think a Foot Action sticker and receipt automatically means your good to go. Check the receipt and stickers on the box carefully and compare them to a purchase you've made in the past if possible. Take a whiff of the sneakers, but your nose right in there and smell em. Is there a overly strong paint like odor? If so, they may not be real. Also Jordan boxes come with a stamp inside the box. This is a good way to check if the shoe is real, most fakes will not come with this stamp.
4. You Have Them – Now What?
Fake Jordans vs. Real Jordans: Can you tell the difference? Whether you bought them and they just arrived or you’re holding a pair in the store, it’s time to compare. The best defense is sizing it up against a legit pair. Fake Jordans don’t usually have the same height. They’ve gotten better, but the gloss is still an issue. If your old kicks have a better shine than these new ones, chances are good that you’ve got a fake. Even beat Jordans still have a firm Achilles and tongue. If you can press your thumb into the back and there isn’t resistance, or the tongue slouches, you’ve been had. Check the carbon fiber – is it solid or is it painted on? Real carbon fiber isn’t going to flake off if you scratch it! Inspect closer for color bleed and triangular imperfections in the canvas. A legit color way will have well defined boundaries in the canvas should show straight lines. Lastly, go inside. Can you remove the insole easily? You’ve got fake Jordans. Is the tag perforated in any way? Fake Jordans. Don’t get got. Check your gear and keep your eyes open. For popular releases you can pretty much google and find a detailed video comparison in most cases. But be careful, all info isn't good info. Use it as a reference and come to your own conclusions about who to trust. May the Authentic Force be with you!!