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Tips: How to spot fake Jordans in 2020

Tips: How to spot fake Jordans in 2020

The Air Jordan series by Nike is one of the most successful shoe brands in the universe. Most production plants have decided to ride on this wave by flooding the market with counterfeits. We will discuss how to spot fake Jordans to help you out the next time you are shopping for one.

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How to spot fake Jordans?

i) Check the quality of the box.

Spotting fake Jordans from real ones starts with the box. Jordans are usually packaged in attractive, sturdy boxes. Therefore, check whether the box is strong enough with a logo on the lid and side. If not, that’s a fake Jordan.At a closer look, you will also notice that fake Jordans have errors in the brand logo, spelling, alignment, and the overall finish quality of the box.

Keep in mind that the lid of Nike shoeboxes fits tightly. Therefore, know that you have bought fake Jordans if you notice a gap. The color of the shoebox should also be even in all places. Lastly, check whether the texture of the box is even or not.

ii) Look at the manufacturing sticker

You will spot a fake Jordan when you take a closer look at the manufacturing sticker. Nike attaches a label on one side of the box, which provides details about the shoe. Therefore, confirm whether the size, style, color combination, and the country of manufacturing matches the shoe inside the box.

Also, check whether the style number on the label is nine digits long, a feature that you won’t find in fake Jordans. Lastly, take some time and ascertain whether the spelling, text size, and spacing on the label are even. After confirming all the information on the sticker, take some time, and establish whether they match whatever is recorded in the tag inside the sneakers. If the style, name, year, and country of manufacture of the shoe do not match, then that’s a fake Jordan.

Pay close attention to the formation of letter q in the inside tag. The tail of the letter should always start inside the circle. Also, make sure that the spelling in the tag is correct.

iii) Ascertain the production date

Confirm whether the shoe production date matches the one recorded on the shoe label. This is as easy as performing an online search. You will notice that fake Jordans have a later date. All in all, you are rocking fake Jordans if the dates don’t match.

iv) Check the label on the box.

The attachment of the label on the box can also help you determine whether a given pair of Jordans is fake or not. Check whether it is evenly attached, without any bumps or wrinkles. You will notice a wrinkled, bumpy, and carelessly placed label in a knockoff.

v) Take a look at the Jumpman

It is easy to spot fake shoes by looking at the Jumpman logo found in the tongue of your Sneakers. The color of the Jumpman in an authentic Jordan sneaker matches its color combination and styling. The logo should also be centrally placed and beautifully stitched in the wand of fabric locates at the top of the tongue. Also, check the proportions of the Jumpman. If they are in any way exaggerated, then the Jordans are fake. Ensure that all the details are precise with proper edges. Anything smeared or blurred depicts a fake pair of shoes.

vi) How does the tongue of the sneakers look like?

To establish whether a pair of Jordans is legit, check the label underneath the shoe’s tongue. You will notice the words ‘greatest player ever’ stitched in white. Make sure that the words are easy to read and high quality.

vii) Check the lacing

You can easily spot a counterfeit shoe from the lacing. Therefore, ensure that you look at the lace tabs, shoelaces, and the tongue of your Jordans. A real Jordan has an even space between the shoelace tabs and the labels on the tongue. The shoelace tabs should also be of the same size, shape, and distance. Check whether they are attached with the same tension. In fake Jordans, some shoelace tabs are usually looser or tighter than the others.

Where the logo is placed in the tongue is also essential. If it’s not on the third lace space, then your Jordans are fake. Check whether the logo fits nicely between the laces and can be easily seen and read. You will notice a slight variation of logo placement in the left and right shoes if it is a fake Jordan.

viii) Coloration

You should find out all the color options of a given type of Jordan before buying one. However, if you have bought one already, take some time and confirm whether it falls under the colorways. You can google the color of the sneaker from reputable sites or check whether it is a customized Jordan.

Knockoffs mostly have pretty weird colorways, which is the first thing that sells them out.

ix) Check the leather around the toes

Most Jordans have a trademark leather located at the toes. You will notice that the leather is placed way higher or lower in fake Jordans than the real ones. You may also see glued-like leather, which is visible at the edges in counterfeit Jordans.

It is a fake Jordan if the leather has more or less than two even stitching rows, which should also be pretty smooth. You should also check the quality of the leather in these types of Jordans. Shoes with bumps or uneven leather surfaces are fake.

x) Check the logo at the heels.

Lastly, look out for the heel’s logo. Just like all the other parts, the heel logo should be appropriately stitched and of high quality. You will notice a few deformations in the Jumpman in fake shoes. Also, keep in mind that the Jumpman is mostly embedded in authentic shoes instead of appearing pressed.


You shouldn’t waste over $ 200 on fake shoes. I hope that these ten tips will help you learn how to spot fake Jordans.

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