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3 Methods to Help You Recognize Fake Jordans

Being that Jordans sneakers are so popular, many foreign companies manufacture fake Jordans as a way to make quick money. As a buyer, you want to know that your not falling victim to a fake. Being informed can save you from making a bad purchase as well as prevent a huge headache. Luckily for you, there are several different ways of checking for fake Jordans and we are here to teach you how to do just that with 3 different methods explained below.

Method One – Checking the Box and Style Number

There are four different tricks you should know about to check for fake Jordans that involves looking at the shoe box.

Trick #1 – Examine the quality of the box

What you are looking for here is that the Jordans come packaged in a sturdy box. There are several things that you need to check for in regards to this:

  • Check the Lid: The lid should fit tightly and have no gaps.
  • Check the Logo: There should be an Air Jordan “Jumpman” logo on the lid and also on the side of the box.
  • Check the Packaging Colors: The packaging’s printed colors should appear even, uniform, and with no fading.
  • Check the Texture: The texture of the box itself should be consistent.

Similar to the shoes themselves, the boxes vary in color and style depending on the year and type of Jordans. You may want to run a Google image search to see what the box should look like.

Trick #2 – Check for spelling errors and logo imperfections

  • Check the Spelling: Words on the box should be spelled correctly.
  • Check the Logo: Ensure that the Jordan Jumpman logo appears complete. It shouldn’t have any unusual looking proportions or fading.
  • Check the Box: Everything on the box should be aligned properly. Nothing should be unusual or crooked.

If you are unfamiliar with the Jumpman logo, Google the image and make sure the logo on the box looks exactly the same.

Trick #3 – Look for a manufacturing sticker

All Air Jordan boxes will have an official manufacturing sticker on the side. Check for the accurate style name of the shoe, the shoe size, color combination and country of manufacture. You should also check the following:

  • Check for Uniform Text: Text inside the sticker should look uniform. The words should be evenly spaced out and properly spelled.
  • Check the Sticker Placement: The sticker should be firmly attached to the box, with no air bubbles underneath. It ought to look complete and easy to read.
  • Check the Sticker Alignment: Fake Jordans will often feature a misshapen or crooked manufacturing sticker. If it is sloppily placed or hard to read, this is a red flag.

Trick #4 – Confirm the nine-digit style number

All Jordans have a style number listed on the outside manufacturing sticker.

  • Check for Nine-Digits: In almost all cases, it will be nine digits long.
  • Check the Style Number: Make sure the style number on the actual box matches what you find on the Nike website for the shoe you are interested in.

Tip: The style number is usually listed right below the country of manufacture on the sticker.


Method Two – Inspecting the Shoe Construction

There are several different tricks to check for fake Jordans that involve checking the shoe construction.

Trick #1 – Match the style number of the tag to the one listed on the box.

Locate the small tag on the inside of the shoe. All of the information listed on the manufacturing sticker should also be on this tag. Make sure the information is exactly the same as what’s on the box sticker, especially the style number.

  • Check the Stitching: The stitching on the tag ought to look uniform and neat.
  • Check the Spelling: Spelling errors on this interior tag are almost always an indicator of inauthentic Jordans.

Trick #2 – Examine the label under the tongue.

Jordans have a very specific label under the tongue. Lift up the tongue and check out the underside. You should see the words “greatest player ever” embroidered there. The embroidery should be white, easy to read and look professional.

Trick #3 – Check the proportions of the Jumpman logo.

Double check the details on the logo located on the back of the shoes (or sometimes on the tongue). The logo should appear crisp and uncompromised. Look at the hands, basketball and feet to ensure everything looks properly proportioned. Nothing should look blurry or smudged.

  • Check the Logo: Fake Jordans may have an uneven or lumpy Jumpman, with poor stitching and unusual proportions.

Trick #4 – Inspect the detail around the laces.

The spaces between the shoelace tabs should be even. All of the shoelace tabs will be the same size and shape. Make sure they are all attached firmly, with the same amount of tension. Fake Jordans will often have some shoelace tabs that are looser than others.


Method 3 – Being Aware of Selling Practices

Check out the following tricks sellers use to trick you into buying fake Jordans.

Trick #1 – Be doubtful of any new Air Jordans that are sold for under $100.

Many of these shoes are limited edition and sell out quickly, so there is no motivation for a seller to drop the price below retail value. It is very rare to find Jordans for under $100. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Trick #2 – Make sure the shoes are labeled “100% Authentic.”

If you’re looking at a pair online that are listed just as “Authentic” you should be suspicious. Don’t buy Air Jordan shoes that are advertised as “custom,” “sample,” or “variant.” This indicates that Nike did not commission them. If you’re looking at Jordans online and no style number is included, email the seller to inquire about it.

Trick #3 – Confirm that the shoes come with the right box.

Fake Jordans are often sold in boxes that list details which don’t match the shoes themselves. Real boxes will feature correct colorway descriptions and all style numbers should match. If the shoes you’re considering don’t come with a box at all, purchasing them is not recommended.

Trick #4 – Avoid online purchases unless the images are clear and detailed.

When buying shoes online, make sure multiple pictures are posted and you can clearly see the detail in each one. If a photo of the interior tag with the style number isn’t included, email the seller to request one. Stock photos of shoes are usually a red flag. The descriptions should be clear, not vague.

  • Check the Images: If the images provided are extremely small, ask the seller for better ones. If they aren’t provided, avoid the purchase.

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