Learn how to spot fake Nike Off-White Air Max 90s with this detailed 37 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
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s are boxed in a standard red Nike retail box that has been turned inside out so that the outside is raw cardboard. The words "Nike Swoosh" are varnished onto the lid and the words "Off-White TM c/o Nike" with Nike address are printed in black onto the side. Check the box carefully for overall finish quality, there should be no cracking along the edges of the folds. Remember real shoe boxes can accompany fake shoes.
4. BOX LABEL
Nike Off-White box labels are clear stickers that have black text printed onto them. The barcode has a white block printed behind it. The label will have 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. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp and not flaking off anywhere, make sure the typeface used is correct. 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 SWOOSH
The lid has the words "Nike Swoosh" varnished onto it. Make sure the varnishing has sharp clear edges, and that the typeface used is correct.
6. SIDE SHOEBOX
The side of Nike Off-White boxes will have the words Off-White TM c/o Nike "Shoebox" Beaverton, Oregon USA c. 2017 printed in black. 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.
7. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s come in an inside out retail box, make sure the lid and side panels double over back into the box to create structural strength. Note how the top of this fold is square as opposed to being rounded. Check that the lid section that folds back into the box is attached with two small glued down tabs. Also note how the side walls, when viewed from the inside of the box, have a locking system that does not require any gluing. The folded over side panels have tabs that stick right through holes cut into the sides.
8. 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. Make sure the sticker is semi see through, you should be able to see the Nike logo underneath quite easily. Tip: YCM is the company that produces sustainable packaging for companies like Nike.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s come with wrapping to protect the shoes. There are two layers of paper, the top layer has images and text printed on it, the bottom layer is plain white. Make sure the printing is solid and clear, make sure that the printing is two colours, black and pale green. The green is very pale, almost transparent.
10. SIDE PROFILE
The side profile of the Nike Off-White Air Max 90s is very distinctive, note how the forefoot has a gradual upward curve starting under the laces while the heel tip has a short sharp up turn. Make sure the tongue stands up much higher than the collar.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s have unusual half moon heel tabs that flap over but are only stitched to the actual upper across the top edge. Take note of the short double line which adds strength to the fold just above the black tape. The bottom half of the flap will have tiny holes drilled right through it mimicking the stitch line along the top edge. Make sure these holes are evenly spaced and follow the edge of the flap perfectly.
12. HEEL CODE
If you lift the flap up you will see a product code printed in a typeface made up of tiny dots onto the fur-like upper. Make sure the black printing is solid and sharp. Make sure the flap can fold back and stay up by itself. Look closely at the pattern of the foam stuck to the underside of the flap. There is a very fine woven pattern on top of the foam, the weave is made up of fine double lines running horizontally. Look along the curved edge of the flap, the small holes that were drilled through the top go right through both the top and bottom layer of the flap.
13. OFF WHITE TAG
Nike Off-White sneakers come with a thick red, plastic zip tie. The zip tie will have Off-White TM c/o Nike c. 2017 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.
The upper will have an oversized Swoosh stitched onto the outstep side. Make sure the zigzag stitching is uneven. Note how the Swoosh material has fine vertical lines in it and a shine when it catches the light. Make sure the black tape that runs over the Swoosh is stuck down very firmly, you will see all the detail of the surface underneath the tape like the zigzag stitching around the Swoosh. Take note of the texture of the upper, the suede section is slightly rough while the cream patent leather is very smooth.
15. SWOOSH TAB
The tip of the Swoosh logo has a tiny orange tab on it, make sure the black tape holding the tip of the Swoosh down has a tight square double stitch line through the tape and tip of Swoosh.
16. SWOOSH TAB BACK
If the roll the tab over you will see two things. The tab is made of thick plastic and secondly the tab is actually a slight creamy colour, the back of the tab will be completely cream and not orange.
17. INSTEP TYPE
The instep of the upper will have the words Off-White TM for Nike "Nike Air max 90" Beaverton, Oregon USA c. 1990 printed in black. Make sure the printing is semi broken up showing the fabric underneath. Check that the typeface used is correct, note how the r and t of Beaverton are touching. Note how the black type over the pale green plastic upper, below the collar, is in fact a fine cross hatch pattern, none of the fine lines will smudge. Make sure the black type over the cream patent leather, white Swoosh and suede is broken up with little dots. Note how the white Swoosh has a faint bumpy texture to it.
18. TYPE DETAIL
If you look closely at the black tape that runs over the Swoosh you will see the faint printed text running over the tape. You can just make out the edge of the B and the c. in this example. Note how this printing has a very faint cross hatch pattern to it, it's not easy to see but it is there.
Make sure the eyelets are cleanly cut out of the upper. Note how the eyelet panel has an interesting combination of textures and fabrics. Under the clear plastic is a pattern of squares, the flattened thread is clearly made up of finer thin threads. On top of the clear plastic is a printed black diamond pattern, note how the printed black lines are actually a fine cross hatch pattern. Make sure the cross hatch pattern is clearly defined thin lines which are not smudging into each other.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s 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.
21. SPARE LACES
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s come with a set of three spare laces which are orange, green and black, each with the same lettering.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s have a large rectangular shaped tongue with woven outer layer and foam core. Make sure the foam core is a pale green colour. Look for the lace loop, make sure it is cleanly cut into the thick tongue. Look for the red double stitch line across the top, make sure the stitching is neat and evenly spaced.
23. LACE LOOP
The lace loop is cleanly cut out of the foam tongue, note how the foam core is glued onto the woven outer layer. Take a close look at the pattern of the woven layer, it is made up of thick horizontal threads with tiny x shaped weaves holding them down.
24. TONGUE LOGO
The tongue will have an embroided Nike+Swoosh logo tag stitched onto the top corner. Make sure the embroidery is tight and neat, note how the E is joined to the Swoosh. Make sure the small registered Rs do not touch the logo. Make sure the typeface used is correct.
25. 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. The label of Off-White Nike Air Max 90s is glued onto the inside of the lining, note how the edge of the label flattens out the fabric texture, while the inside square area puffs back out. Tip: Do a Google image search for "Nike"+"style number" to check the colourway.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s will have a pale green plastic fabric toebox with fine diamond pattern. Make sure you can see the broad vertical band down the center of the toebox, it is quite faint but it is there, it looks almost like a line of clear tape.
27. TOE BUMPER
The blue tinted clear outsole will run from under the shoe to over the toe bumper. Make sure there is no excess glue marks showing where the midsole joins the upper. Make sure the bumper is not lifting off. Check that you can see through the clear midsole easily and see the small dots in the yellow Phylon core.
28. 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, you can just see it here in this example in the blue type. Make sure there is a date code printed onto the insole in blue ink, which might smudge. There will be red pattern lines drawn under the insole.
Make sure the stitching of the forefoot is neat and even, make sure there are red pattern lines as well as product size codes under the insole. Again look for a positioning hole drilled into the center of the forefoot.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s come with removable sockliners. Make sure the white sockliners have a blue foam base for added impact absorption and comfort. The midfoot by your foot arch will have a molded curve to it. The blue underside will have wide horizontal glue mark bands across it, these will stop at the forefoot.
31. SOCKLINER LOGO
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s will have a The Ten and an Off-White logo printed onto the sockliner in black and white. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp and not rubbing off anywhere if the shoes are new. Make sure the words The Ten and the Off-White logo are printed in white ink and the box around them is printed in black on top of the white sockliner.
32. SOCKLINER DETAIL
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. Also take note of the fabric of the sockliner, it has a fine dotted pattern to it.
33. AIR UNIT
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s have Air Unit technology for lightweight cushioning and maximum impact protection. Make sure the air "bubble" is clear with no paint marks and of high quality. The support structure within the Air Unit should be clearly visible. Note how the cream arches have a top and bottom half to them.
34. PHYLON LOGO
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s have a Phylon midsole within a translucent outsole for visible lightweight cushioning. Make sure you can see the debossed Phylon logo in the midsole. Make sure the typeface used is correct, note how wide the H is compared to the P. Look for the small round dots in the Phylon material.
35. SHOE TREE
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s come with cardboard shoe trees. The shoe trees will have a Swoosh logo debossed into them as well as a size range, in this case 10 and M for medium.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90s have an unusual two part rubber outsole with strategically placed forefoot pods for traction and durability. Make sure the tread is not worn out if the shoes are new. Note how the outer edge is a blue translucent rubber while the inner is made of the yellow Phylon material.
37. SOLE LOGO
If you look closely at the sole you will notice a few things. The Phylon inner core has a join line just below the Nike logo. The Nike logo has tiny pin head size dots along it's edges. The flex grooves that run horizontally through the forefoot area also have small pin head size dots around the edge, can you see them.