Air Jordans are frequently counterfeited in foreign factories because of their popularity. There are a number of details you can check out to confirm you’re getting an authentic pair. Examine the details of the box and confirm the style number on the shoes matches it. Inspect the shoes themselves for quality and particular details specific to Jordans. When buying Jordans online, always buy from established sellers who post accurate pictures and product details.
Checking the Box and Style Number
1. Examine the quality of the box.
Real Jordans come packaged in a sturdy box. The lid should fit tightly, with no gaps. There will be an Air Jordan “Jumpman” logo on the lid and also on the side of the box. The printed colors on the packaging should appear even and uniform, with no areas of fading. The texture of the box itself will be consistent.
- The boxes vary in color and style depending on the year and type of Jordans, so you may want to run a Google image search to see what the current boxes look like.
2. Check for spelling errors and logo imperfections.
Make sure all of the words on the box are spelled correctly. Ensure that the Jordan Jumpman logo appears complete, without any unusual looking proportions or fading. Everything on the box should be aligned properly, with nothing looking 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.
3. Look for a manufacturing sticker on the outside of the box.
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. The text should look uniform and the words will be evenly spaced out and properly spelled.
- The sticker should be firmly attached to the box, with no air bubbles underneath. It ought to look complete and easy to read.
- 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.
4. Confirm the nine digit style number on the manufacturing sticker.
All Jordans have a style number listed on the outside sticker. In almost all cases, it will be nine digits long. Check the Nike website for the style number of the shoes you’re interested in purchasing and make sure the style number on the actual box matches what you see on their website.
- The style number is usually listed right below the country of manufacture on the sticker.
Inspecting the Shoe Construction
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.
- The stitching on the tag ought to look uniform and neat.
- Spelling errors on this interior tag are almost always an indicator of inauthentic Jordans.
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.
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.
- Fake Jordans may have an uneven or lumpy Jumpman, with poor stitching and unusual proportions.
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.
5. Look for high quality stitching.
Inspect the shoes carefully for neat and professional looking stitching. Everything should look evenly spaced, with no unfinished edges or frayed threads. The stitching on the heel is often a giveaway.
- if it looks poorly done or uneven, question the authenticity of the shoes.
6. Check for a midsole point.
This is where the side fabric transitions into the front of the shoe. It is usually a different fabric and color than the toe section. On real Jordans, the midsole point will be in front of the bottom lace hole. On fake Jordans, the midsole point will often match the bottom lace hole.
- View the midsole tips. The “mountains” of the sole molding should be sharp tips, not curved edges.
7. Research the known colorways for that particular type of Jordans.
Go to Footlocker.com or Nike’s own site to find the authentic colorways. Colorways are a color combination that is updated with each new style of shoe. Occasionally there are special edition colorways.
- If a site or individual seller is selling a colorway that is not listed on any direct Nike supplier site, it is a counterfeit product.