How To Spot A Fake Sneaker
If you’re a serious Sneakerhead, then you probably already know the importance of being able to spot a fake sneaker from a real one. The market for fake sneakers is at an all time high right now, which hurts the market for authentic shoes. However, there are many ways to spot a fake... here’s how:
- Always check the tag on the inner side of the tongue of the shoe that shows the size. If the shoe is not authentic, the tag may have the wrong production year or font type. Not every fake shoe will have the same signs, so it is important to be aware of everything that may be out there.
- Smell the shoes! This may sound odd, but an authentic shoe should have a certain factory smell that you recognize, just like when you purchase a new vehicle. Fake shoes are made with cheaper material than an authentic shoe manufacturer.
- Always look at the tag on the box. If the shoes are fake, the tag on the box will be too big or the label will be in the wrong place. The font size and style will also be different than an original. Also make sure to look for the correct words on the label as well as the same color that you will find on the shoe’s authentic website.
- Most fake boxes will be significantly thinner or more damaged than an original. However, just because a box looks distraught does not mean the shoes are automatically fake. Making sure that the box is the right size, shape, and color will help verify its authenticity.
- If you are really curious and want to get your shoes checked out by a professional, take them to an authorized dealer or go to https://www.NikeTalk.com or https://www.InStyleShoes.com. Other Sneakerheads will help you identify what you’re wondering about and you will be able to network with them at the same time!
- When you’re buying sneakers online, check the seller or website for authenticity. If you’re buying through eBay, check the sellers feedback and other items. If the seller is offering shoes at a high discount and you aren’t sure if they’re legit, it’s best not to risk it.
- If you see the word “variant” RUN! This is just a word some resellers use to confuse customers. Variant is just another word for unauthentic.
- If the seller says shipping will take 10+ business days, this is a red flag. The shoes you are ordering may not be in stock or the product may be shipping from somewhere overseas at a factory that sells fake sneakers. If you email a seller and they fail to contact you back within a few business days, this is also a red flag.
- When in doubt, ask as many questions as you need before you make a purchase and always use your best judgement.
These tips should help you determine whether the shoes you are purchasing are authentic or fake. It is always important to double check if you have a bad feeling about something and listen to your gut feeling because at the end of the day - it’s your money!
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