You’re casually browsing the internet when you come across a listing that seems too good to be true. A pair of new Nike Air Jordans for $59.99. Or maybe you find a pair at a stall in a flea market for $49.95.

Maybe you got lucky and found an amazing deal. The reality, though is it probably is too good to be true. Fakes and knock offs are getting more realistic, easily fooling the average person.

However, they are still not perfect replicas. By keeping a few things in mind you can spot a fake and avoid wasting your hard-earned money. In this article, we’ll show you how to tell if Jordans are real or fake.

The Logo

The iconic Jordan ”Jumpman” will be the easiest way to tell if they are fakes. Look for any out of proportion areas on the logo. Also make sure the logo is in the right position, many times fakes will have the Jumpman’s arms or legs slightly different.

Also, be sure to check the logo on the tongue of the shoe. This logo should be high-quality embroidery. Many fakes will be vinyl or poor embroidery quality.

Check the Tag

The tag inside the shoe should have a nine-digit style number. You should find this number under the origin country. Check this number against the Nike website description to make sure they match.

If you can look at the box this same information should be available on the manufacturing label. This label should be located on the side of the box with the logo printed on it.

 How to Tell If Jordans Are Real or Fake: A Simple Guide

Shoe Construction

Be sure to take careful consideration of the construction of the shoes. Look at the detail by the laces. Are they all straight, and the spaces between them even?

Also, take note of the stitching quality. Pay close attention to the heel of the shoe. If the stitching is frayed, or uneven it’s a fake.

Look for the midsole point as well. This is where the bottom of the shoe transitions to the front of the shoe. On real Jordans, the midsole point is below the last lace hole.

Newer Air Jordans also have a distinct sole pattern. The Jumpman logo can be seen underneath the first clear rubber bottom.

More Tips on How to Tell if Jordans Are Real or Fake

Often fakes will be smaller than real Jordans.

The gloss on fakes is less noticeable than on real ones. If the shoe gloss doesn’t seem right this could be an indication that they are fake.

When shopping online be sure to choose a reputable seller. A good seller will have all the information available that need you—such as with these options— so that you can double-check authenticity.

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We hope you gleaned some wisdom from this short guide on how to tell if Jordans are real or fake. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends so they don’t waste their money either.

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