How to spot fake
Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Black
in 36 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Blacks with this detailed 36 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 90 Blacks 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 90 Blacks 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.
9. DATE CODE
Most, not all, Nike retail boxes feature a date code stamped inside the box.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Blacks 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.
11. SIDE PROFILE
The side profile of the Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Blacks 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 90 Blacks 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 white 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, they are not easy to see in the black Air Max 90s but they are there.
13. 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 white 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.
14. OFF WHITE TAG
Nike Off-White sneakers come with a thick pale blue, 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 even. 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 black patent leather is very smooth.
16. SWOOSH TAB
The tip of the Swoosh logo has a tiny orange tab on it, make sure the orange tab has a fine diagional pattern, it's not easy to see but it is there if you look closely enough.
17. 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.
18. 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 white. Make sure the printing is semi broken up showing the fabric underneath. Check that the typeface used is correct. Note how the white type can still be seen on top of the white Swoosh. Note how the white Swoosh has a fine bumpy texture to it.
19. 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. The white type has a slightly rough texture to it, it is not solid ink.
Make sure the eyelets are cleanly cut out of the upper. Note how the eyelet panel has an interesting combination of textures and fabrics. On top of the clear plastic is a printed white diamond pattern.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Blacks 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.
22. SPARE LACES
Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Blacks come with a set of spare laces which are white with orange lettering printed on them. Note how the plasic bag carrying the laces has a black Nike logo printed onto it. The plastic bag will be attached to the shoes with a clear cable. The top of the plastic bag has a thin red line above the seal.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Blacks have a large rectangular shaped tongue with woven outer layer and foam core. Make sure the foam core is a pale grey colour. Look for the lace loop, make sure it is cleanly cut into the thick tongue. Look for the orange double stitch line across the top, make sure the stitching is neat and evenly spaced.
24. 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.
25. 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 TMs do not touch the logo. Make sure the typeface used is correct.
26. 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 90 Blacks 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 90 Blacks will have a black fabric toebox with fine diamond pattern. Make sure the pattern is neat and even, the diamonds will have tiny dots evenly spaced in between them.
28. TOE BUMPER
The black 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.
29. 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. 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.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Blacks come with removable sockliners. Make sure the black 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.
31. SOCKLINER LOGO
Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Blacks 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 black ink and the box around them is printed in white on top of the black sockliner.
32. AIR UNIT
Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Blacks 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.
Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Blacks 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.
34. 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.
35. SHOE TREE
Nike Off-White Air Max 90 Blacks 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.
36. SWING 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. Make sure the tag is joined to the shoe with a clear locking cord.