How to spot fake
Nike Off-White Air Jordan 1 University
in 42 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs with this detailed 42 point step-by-step guide.
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 Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs are boxed in an unusual shoe box featuring the Nike+Swoosh logo on the lid and sides. But unlike other Air Jordan 1's this box has a flip top opening on the top with clear plastic window underneath. You can see the cracks in the top of the lid where the flip top opens. Check the box carefully for any errors in brand logos, alignment, spelling and overall finish quality. Make sure the ink is not cracking or flaking off anywhere, especially along the folds in the box. Remember real shoe boxes can accompany fake shoes.
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. LID LOGO
If you have a close up look at the top of the lid you will see the zigzag pattern of the cut out flip top. If you look just below the "K" in the Nike logo you will see a small gap in the zigzag pattern that allows you to see the clear plastic window, even with the flip top closed. Note how the black and red printing of the box runs over the edge of the cut out flip top as opposed to exposing raw cardboard.
6. LID OPENING
If you fold the flip top back you will see the clear plastic window.
7. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs will have a solid box with rigid flat sides, check that the short sides 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. Make sure the clear window is glued down with clear glue all the way around the edge.
8. LID SWOOSH WORD
The inside of the lid will have the word Swoosh with a registered "R" printed on it. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp. Make sure the typeface used is correct.
9. LID SWOOSH
The inside of the lid will have a small Swoosh "R" logo printed on it. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the clear glue holding the clear plastic window down, make sure the width of the strip of glue is uniform all the way around the clear window.
10. BOX HOLES
If you lift the retail box up you will see the interlocking system on the short side. Note how far the tabs extend through the holes cut into the base of the box. Look closely at the round finger hole, make sure the red band printed on the bottom side of the box wraps around slightly onto the base of the box. This is a good opportunity to have a close look at the corrugated structure of the cardboard, can you see the waffle pattern inside the finger hole.
11. BOX FOLD
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs come in a solid box, make sure the short side of the box folds over double to create extra strength. Note how the printing along the edge of the fold is solid and not cracking or flaking off.
12. BOX INSERT
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs come with a white cardboard insert strip keeping the shoes separate from each other.
13. YCM STICKER
The inside of the retail box will have a YCM logo sticker. Make sure the printing is sharp, look for the tiny registered R next to the M. Tip: YCM is the company that produces sustainable packaging for companies like Nike.
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs come with clear plastic wrapping with the words Off-White TM c/o Nike "Air Jordan 1" Beaverton, Oregon USA c. 1985 printed in white. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp, make sure the typeface used is correct. Note how the "r" and "t" of Beaverton are touching.
15. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs have a distinctive side profile, the toebox curves up very slightly while the heel sits very flat on the surface. Note how high the tongue extends above the collar. Make sure the top of the collar slopes down slightly and is not completely horizontal.
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs have many unusual stitching and reproduction techniques. The heel area shows off many of these. Look for the tiny double line of stitching punch holes along the edge of the blue collar flap, note how the holes are unevenly spaced. Check the join between the upper and midsole is an even straight line and does not have any excess glue showing. Take note of the blue leather panel at the bottom of the heel, it is quite different to the blue leather panel around the collar. This lower blue panel is almost rubbing off, you can see the horizontal and vertical fibers of the leather fabric.
17. MADE IN TAG
There will be a Made in China swing tag hanging from both shoes. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp, check that the typeface used is correct. Note how the tail of the Q sticks up into the center of the Q as well. Check that the cardboard tag is stiff and flat. Take note of the cone shaped tip to the clear cable attaching the tag to the shoe.
18. OFF WHITE TAG
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs come with a thick red, plastic zip tie. The zip tie will have Off-White TM c/o Nike c. 2018 Zip Tie printed in tiny white dots on it. Make sure the typeface is correct, note how the TM is printed in much smaller white dots. Make sure the corners of the tag are rounded, look for the round dots debossed into the plastic on either side of the locking mechanism.
19. INSTEP OREGON
The instep of the upper will have the words Off-White TM c/o Nike "Air Jordan 1" Beaverton, Oregon USA c. 1985 printed in black. Make sure the printing is solid and the typeface used is correct, note how the r and t of Beaverton are touching. The white panel will have a large Swoosh logo on it, the Swoosh is made out of very fine punch holes, can you see it. Make sure the punch holes go white when they punch through the black lettering.
20. OUTSTEP SWOOSH
The outstep will have an oversized blue leather Swoosh joined to it by just two small areas of stitching. Make sure the leather Swoosh has clean straight edges, note how the two tips are slightly rounded. Check the stitching joining the Swoosh is tight and even. Above the Swoosh is a thin white line of excess foam from the collar sticking out below the cream suede panel, can you see it. The white breathable fabric panel under the Swoosh has a fine diamond shaped pattern.
21. MIDSOLE AIR
The midsole has the word "Air" printed onto it, make sure the printing is solid and that the typeface used is correct. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the heavy stitching joining the midsole to the upper, make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced.
22. AIR JORDAN LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs will have an Air Jordan logo printed and debossed into the collar strap. Make sure the printing is solid, with straight, clean edges. Check that the debossed is aligned to the printings. Make sure the typeface is correct. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the texture of the leather collar, make sure you can see the fine uneven bumps.
23. 85 LOGO
If you fold the collar flaps back you will see a hidden 85 printed at the back. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp, take note of the rough texture of the underside of the leather. Tip: Do you know what the 85 represents, it is the year that the first Air Jordan 1 was produced.
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs come with high quality flat woven laces with the words "Shoelaces" printed onto them. Make sure the letters are not flaking off and that the typeface used is correct. Check that the lace tips are sealed in a clear plastic cap.
25. SPARE LACES
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs come with a set of two spare laces which are orange and blue with the same "Shoelaces" lettering.
The forefoot has a decorative lace panel flap with eyelet holes drilled through it. Make sure the holes are cleanly cut with no rough edges. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the orange stitching joining the Swoosh to the upper, make sure the double line blue stitching is in a zigzag pattern.
27. EYELET PANEL
If you fold the decorative eyelet panel back you will see the proper eyelet panel underneath it. There is an overlap where two eyelet panel sections join up, there is a very small triangle cut into the top layer eyelet panel, can you see it.
28. COLLAR DETAIL
The top of the collar has a zigzag tooth pattern cut into the eyelet panel, you can see it when you fold the collar flaps back. Make sure the leather is cleanly cut and that the edges of the teeth are straight. Note how the first top and bottom teeth rejoin the eyelet panel with a smooth curved transition. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the rough stitching technique along the leather panels, note how the stitches are uneven lengths and unevenly spaced at times.
29. TONGUE SHAPE
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs have an oversized white nylon tongue. Make sure the top corners are rounded. Look for the lace loop, make sure it is cleanly cut into the thick foam and nylon tongue.
30. TONGUE STRUCTURE
If you look at the back of the tongue you will see the small dots of the blue stitchline that runs along the front of the tongue. Also note how the tongue can stand upright and rigid without any support. The white foam filling of the tongue is clearly visible along the edge of the tongue
31. TONGUE JOIN
If you unlace the shoe you will see the join between the tongue and upper. Make sure the double stitchline is tight neat and evenly spaced.
32. TONGUE LABEL
The tongue will have an embroided Nike Air logo tag stitched onto the top corner. Make sure the embroidery is tight and neat, note how the E and A are touching the Swoosh. Note how the E is part of the Swoosh embroidery while the A appears to sit on top of the Swoosh. Make sure the typeface used is correct.
33. TOE BOX
The toebox foam has a thin plasticized layer of film with a diamond pattern over it. Look at the blue leather toebox panel, note how there is a cream leather panel perfectly in line with the blue but underneath it. Note how this cream leather panel tapers off and disappears as it goes underneath the lace eyelet panels. There is a strip of clear tape running along the edge of the toebox foam, you will see it starting under the last lace hole. It looks like a darker band of the same plastic
34. 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.
If you fold the tongue back you will see the inside lining, make sure the eyelet holes are cleanly cut with no rough edges. Make sure the join between the blue and white lining is a zigzag stitch, check that this stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Note how the join stops halfway up the lining.
36. SOCKLINER LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs will have a Nike Swoosh Air logo printed onto the sockliner in black. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp and not rubbing off anywhere if the shoes are new. Make sure the registered R's are not touching the Nike Swoosh. Make sure the typeface used is correct.
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs come with foam sockliners, the bottom is blue foam and the top is woven white fabric. Look for the group of tiny triangular cut outs along the edge of the sockliner right about where your big toe would be, they are not easy to see but they are there.
38. SOCKLINER STUDS
The forefoot of the sockliner will have tiny pyramid shaped bumps in it that start off small on the edges and become larger towards the middle. Make sure the pyramids have straight edges and are clear and obvious.
39. 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 tiny strip of tape holding the loose ends down. Make sure there is a positioning hole drilled into the heel.
Nike Air Jordan 1s have a distinctive sole pattern with pivot point at the forefoot for traction and durability. Always check the quality of the sole tread pattern, make sure that it is not worn out if the shoes are new.
41. SOLE LOGO
There is a Nike+Swoosh logo on the sole. Check the position of the registered circled R and check that the edges of the embossed logo are sharp and clean. This is a good opportunity to have a close look at the sole texture, take note of the fine pattern in the rubber which adds traction on smooth surfaces.
42. SHOE TREE
Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White NRGs 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 13-14. Make sure the debossing is sharp and clear.