Learn how to spot fake Adidas Yeezy Powerphases with this detailed 27 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.
Check the details of the original receipt including date, store and amount paid. There should also be a 6 digit style number as well as a barcode number.
3. RETAIL BOX
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases come in a sturdy blue retail box, featuring the Trefoil logo on the lid and side of the box as well as the trademarked 3 stripes. Check the box carefully for any errors in brand logos, alignment, spelling and overall finish quality. There should be no cracking or flaking of the print along the edges of the box. Remember real shoe boxes can accompany fake shoes.
4. BOX LABEL
Adidas shoe boxes feature a label on the one side detailing style name, size, color, country of manufacture and a style & PO number. Check all of these details carefully. Tip 1: Check that the style (ART) and PO (#) numbers match those found on the label inside the shoe. Tip 2: scan the barcode (even a photo of one) with a barcode scanner app, the exact product including size should be correct.
5. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases come in a sturdy retail box, make sure the lid doubles over back into the box to create structural strength. Check that the lid section which folds back into the box is attached with two small glued down tabs. Also note how the side walls, when viewed from inside the box, have a locking system that does not require any gluing. The side panels have tabs that stick right through holes cut into the side corners.
Inside the retail box is paper wrapping to protect the shoes. The paper will have the Adidas logo as well as the Trefoil logo screen-printed onto the paper, check the quality of the printing making sure the edges of the logos are sharp and straight. Make sure the logos are all printed at the same density.
7. SIDE PROFILE
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases have a distinctive side profile, note how the toebox curves up gently while the heel sits quite flat. Take note of the length of the tongue, it stands out longer than the collar.
8. SWING TAG
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases will come with a swing tag when bought new. Check that the information detailed on them matches the box sticker as well as the information found on the label inside the shoe. Check that the print quality is solid with sharp edges. Make sure the typeface is correct. Check that the swing tag is attached to the shoes with a clear cable. Tip: Check the PO# and Art number specifically.
9. HEEL STITCHING
High quality stitching is hard to replicate. Make sure the stitching on the heel panels is tight, neat, evenly spaced and follows the edge of each panel perfectly. Check that the outsole joins the leather upper with no excess glue marks showing.
10. HEEL LOGO
The heel midsole has an Adidas and Trefoil logo embossed into it. Make sure the letters are sharp and clear. Make sure the small registered R's are not filling in. Check that the heavy stitching joining the midsole to the upper is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Take this opportunity to have a close up look at the various textures of the midsole and outsole.
Take note of the stitching on the outstep of the upper, make sure the holes drilled for breathability are evenly spaced and centered between the diagonal stitch lines that represent the Adidas 3 Stripes. Take note of the triangular stitch line above the Calabasas logo (below the collar padding), make sure it follows the edge of the padded collar and ankle support perfectly.
12. CALABASAS LOGO
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases will have a gold Calabasas logo fused onto the upper. Make sure the typeface used is correct. Check that the letters are reflective gold and that they are slightly thick, not just flat ink.
13. ADIDAS LOGO
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases will have a green Adidas logo with red Trefoil logo embossed into a patch on the upper. Make sure the logos are sharp and solid, make sure they are slightly rounded from the embossing. Check that the stitching around the logo patch is tight, neat and evenly spaced, and that the stitch line follows the edge of the patch perfectly.
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases come with high quality flat woven laces. Make sure the lace tips are tightly sealed with a plastic cap. Make sure the weave is tight and even.
15. STITCH DETAIL
Check the stitching around the base of the lace panels, take note of how the stitch line on the inner side of the lace panel crosses over the overlap in the panels while the stitch line on the outer side does not. Make sure all stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced.
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases have a tongue which is smooth and firm, it will stand up rigid by itself without any support. Take note of how the tongue has a built in curve to it. Make sure the top corners are rounded for comfort.
17. LACE LOOP
The tongue will have a lace stay stitched onto the front. Make sure there is a tight double stitch line holding the base of this lace holder in place, note how the top of the lace holder folds over and there is no stitch line along the top edge that you can see. Take note of the thickness of the leather which keeps the lace holder rigid and open.
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases will have eyelet holes cleanly drilled through the leather upper, make sure the holes do not have any rough edges. Note how the stitch line around the edge of the lace panel follows the edge of the panel perfectly.
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases have a synthetic inner lining which is soft and comfortable against your skin. Make sure the stitch line along the edge of the padded collar lining is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Make sure the eyelet holes are cleanly drilled through both the upper and collar lining, with no rough edges.
20. INSIDE LABEL (R)
Inside label details vary depending on year, country of manufacture and style. Look for the country of manufacture, shoe size, factory code (usually starts with 2-3 letters) and date of production (MM/YY). Make sure the style (ART) number and purchase order (#) number match the retail box label. Look for the tiny symbol on the right hand side of the manufacturer "QR" code, it looks like a tiny code within a code. What is important is this symbol is different on each shoe label, and being so tiny it is very hard to replicate. Lastly there will be a 13 digit Unique Security Number, make sure it is different on each shoe, the last 3 digits are usually different. Tip: Google search "Adidas"+"ART number" to check that the colourway is correct.
21. INSIDE LABEL (L)
The second shoe label will be the same as the first shoe except for two things. Make sure the last 1-3 digits of the 13 digit Unique Security Number are different. Make sure the tiny symbol inside the manufacturer "QR" code is different on each label.
22. SOCKLINER LOGO
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases will have an Adidas and Trefoil logo printed onto the sockliner. It is printed in a very similar grey to the sockliner so it's pretty difficult to read. Make sure the print is not worn out if the shoes are new.
23. INSOLE STITCHING
If you lift up the sockliner you will see the insole and the stitching joining the insole to the upper. Make sure the stitching is neat and evenly spaced.
If you look down the inside of the forefoot you will see the how the sockliner is glued down with no visible stitching.
The midsole is made of a couple different rubber compounds. The softer midsole rubber under the midfoot arch runs underneath a much heavier duty rubber for the heel bumper. Make sure you can clearly see these are two separate layers of rubber. Take note of the hard rubber outsole, you can see a cross section cut away where the hard outsole and soft midsole join, make sure there are no excess glue marks.
Adidas Yeezy Powerphases have a distinctive outsole pattern. Take note of the round pivot point under the forefoot. Make sure the soles are not worn out if the shoes are new.
27. SOLE LOGO
The outsole has an Adidas and Trefoil logo embossed into it. Make sure the letters are sharp and clear. Make sure the small registered R's are rounded and almost filling in.