How to spot fake
Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Game
in 28 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Games with this detailed 28 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 9 digit style number as well as a barcode number.
3. RETAIL BOX
New Air Jordan 12 Flu Games are boxed in a black and orange retail box featuring the Jumpman logo on the lid. The sides of the lid will be orange and have a small Jordan word on the long sides and a small Jumpman logo on the short side. The short sides will also have a finger hole cut out of the edge. The long side will have two slits cut into the edge for a locking system. Look closely at the finger holes and slits, make sure you can see the waffle pattern of the cardboard structure.
4. BOX LABEL
Nike retail boxes feature a label on one side detailing barcode, style name, size, color, country of manufacture and a style number. The style number is usually 9 digits long, the first 6 digits represent the style and the last 3 digits represent the colourway. Check that this style number matches the one located inside the shoe and on the sales receipt. Tip 1: Do a Google image search for "Nike"+"style number" to check the colourway. Tip 2: scan the barcode with a barcode scanner app, the exact product including size should be correct.
5. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Check that the short sides of the box fold right over and lock into the base of the box. Note how the fold on the short side has a square top to it, while the long side has a thin exposed cardboard edge.
6. BOX TYPE
The retail box of Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Games will have details on the side relating to the Nike and Swoosh trademarks. Check that the typeface is correct and that the print quality is high. Check that the black ink on the side walls runs over the bottom edges and onto the base of the box slightly.
New Air Jordan 12 Flu Games will come with a single layer of wrapping to protect the shoes. Make sure the paper is a deep off white, cream color and that it is quite rigid in nature.
8. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Games have a distinctive side profile, both the toe and heel have a gradual curve upwards. Take note of the sharp upturn at the end of the heel. Note how the tongue only stands up as high as the collar. Note how the midfoot has an arch that is lifted up off the surface.
9. HEEL STITCHING
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate. Check carefully that the stitching on the heel is tight, straight, evenly spaced and follows the edge of each panel perfectly. Tip: check the join between the upper and outsole does not have any excess glue showing.
10. HEEL TAB
Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Games come with a Jumpman logo embroidered into a heel tab. Check the quality of the embroidery is tight and neat with no loose ends. Check the proportions of the figure's hands, feet and ball. Make sure that the tab is rigid and sits open by itself.
11. HEEL JORDAN
Some Air Jordan 12 Flu Games will have an embroidered Jordan tab along the heel. Check that the embroidery is neat and tight and that the colours used are correct for the colourway. Make sure the typeface used is correct, note how the tail of the Q comes up into the center of the letter.
12. HEEL 23
The heels will have the number 23 embossed into the rubber midsole. Check that the quality of the embossing is sharp and clear with straight edges. Check that the numbers are painted in black ink, making sure the black ink runs halfway down the sides of the numerals.
The upper is a good place to check stitching quality. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced, and importantly with the AJ 12s make sure that each curved bump between the stitch lines is and even curved shape. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the texture of the leather upper. Also make sure the heel pull tab doubles up and tucks back under itself, it should run up to in line with the letter A in Jordan.
14. MIDSOLE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Games will have the word Jumpman embossed into a plastic panel above the midsole. Check the quality of the embossing, the letters should have slightly rounded edges, make sure that the typeface used is correct. Also check that the snakeskin patch underneath the plastic Jumpman panel stops halfway under the plastic panel.
Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Games come with high quality tubular laces. The tips will be in tightly sealed plastic, make sure the ends show off a bit of the white core.
16. LACE HOOKS
Air Jordan 12 Flu Games have black metal lace hooks with Jumpman logos embossed into them. Note how the edges of these metal hooks are slightly rounded so as not to damage the leather upper. Check that the Jumpman logos are very simplified, the ends of his feet and hand will be rounded bumps.
Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Games have a tongue made of what looks like 3 sections. The top section has a Jumpman and the middle section has TWO3, both embroidered into leather. Check the quality of the stitching, it should be neat, tight and even.
18. TONGUE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Games will have a Jumpman logo neatly embroidered into the tongue. Check that the quality of the embroidery is tight and neat, pay attention to the proportion of the Jumpman's fingers and shoe laces.
19. TONGUE TWO3
The TWO3 in the tongue will have stitching between each letter. Make sure the stitch line between the T and the W is curved and not a straight line. Make sure the stitching is tight. Check that the typeface used is correct, the bottom and top tips of the number 3 come to a slight rounded point.
20. TONGUE STRAP
Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Games have an elasticated strap to hold the tongue down and give you that locked down feel. Check the stitching along the edge of this strap, make sure it is neat and even.
21. INSIDE LABEL
Inside label details vary depending on year, country of manufacture and style. Check the style number, usually 9 digits, matches that found on the box. Check that the tail of the Q in FABRIQUE starts inside the circle. Check for any spelling errors and that the glue area is uniform and neat. The shoe's production date will fall between the two dates indicated on the label. Tip: Do a Google image search for "Nike"+"style number" to check the colourway.
22. SOCKLINER JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Games will have a Jumpman logo printed on the inner. Check the proportions of the Jumpman's hands, feet and ball. Make sure the printing is solid and not worn out if the shoes are new. There is a layer of white printed under the red which is why the red is so bright.
23. INSOLE STITCHING
If you lift the sockliner up you will see the insole stitching joining the insole to the upper. Make sure the stitching is neat and evenly spaced. Make sure there is a positioning hole drilled into the center of the heel.
24. SHOE TREE
Air Jordan 12 Flu Games come with cardboard shoe trees. The shoe trees will have a Jumpman logo debossed into them as well as a size range, in this case 8.5-10. Make sure the debossing is sharp and clear.
Nike Air Jordan 12 Flu Games will have a painted bumper that looks like snake skin along the top of the midsole, just before the toebox starts. Note how the top of this bumper has a flat edge but when the bumper slants down over the plastic Jumpman panel the edge smoothens off and become flat where is joins the midsole.
Air Jordan 12 Flu Games have a distinctive sole pattern with carbon fiber under the outsole rubber. Make sure the sole is high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new.
27. TOE JUMPMAN
The toe tips will have a Jumpman logo embossed into the rubber midsole. Check that the Jumpman is painted in black ink, make sure the black ink runs halfway down the sides of the figure. The number 23 will be debossed into a separate triangular pod, make sure the typeface used is correct and that the 23 is clear and sharp.
28. CARBON ARCH
Look for the distinctive carbon fiber section under the sole arch. Check that the texture of the carbon fiber is visible and that it does not look like a painted on effect.