How to spot fake
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black
in 36 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black 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 Vapormax FK Black are boxed in a standard deep orange Nike retail box that has been turned inside out so that the outside is raw cardboard. The words "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 word "Swoosh" varnished onto it. Make sure the varnishing has sharp clear edges, and that the typeface used is correct. Tip: Note how the brown recycled material of the box has tiny flecks of colour in it.
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. Tip: Can you see the corrugated structure of the side walls of the box.
7. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black 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. DATE CODE
Most, not all, Nike retail boxes feature a date code stamped inside the box.
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black 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.
10. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black have a distinctive side profile, the toe will curve upwards significantly while the heel will remain flat on the surface. Take note of the high arch under the midfoot, make sure the tongue stands up higher than the collar. Make sure the clear outsole has a slight blue tint to it.
High quality stitching and fused panel sealing can be hard to replicate. Check carefully that the fused panels are not lifting up. Check that the vertical rib that runs down the center of the heel has a Vapormax logo printed on it.
12. HEEL VAPORMAX
Make sure the typeface used for the Vapormax logo is correct, look for the tiny gap in the counter of the letter "P" and "R", they will not be closed off.
13. HEEL TAB
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black have a pull tab on the heel, check that the stitching holding the pull tab down is tight and neat. Look closely at the shape of the top of the heel tape, just below the pull tab. There will be a tiny triangle in the middle of the tape and the top corners angle down and have rounded corners.
14. 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. Make sure the tag is joined to the shoe with a clear locking cord. Take note of the design of the clear locking system, there is a round bump in the thin section just before it joins the thicker end lock.
15. 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.
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black have a large Swoosh down the side that is attached to the upper with a wide zigzag stitch pattern. Make sure the stitching is neat and even. Make sure the clear material has thin corrugated horizontal lines embossed into it.
17. INSTEP TYPE
The instep of the upper will have the words Off-White TM for Nike "Nike Air Vapormax" Beaverton, Oregon USA c. 2017 printed in white. Make sure the printing is semi transparent showing the Flyknit fabric underneath, while more solid white when it runs over the smooth section. Check that the typeface used is correct, note how the r and t of Beaverton are touching.
18. AIR LOGO
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black have a large "Air" word written on the heel, make sure the typeface used is correct and that the printing is solid. This is a good opportunity to have a close look at the tip of the Swoosh logo that is stitched onto the upper. Note how the Swoosh is thick and stands out.
19. SWOOSH TAB
The tip of the Swoosh logo has a tiny orange tab on it, 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.
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black come with high quality woven tubular 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 Vapormax FK Black come with a spare set of light blue laces with white lettering.
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black have Flywire lace technology which provides a firm locked down fit. It's not easy to see with black laces on black Flyknit material but note how the Flywire cables weave in and out through the Flyknit upper. There will be a suede panel over the top of the eyelets with a set of three double stitches in between each lace loop holding the panel down onto the upper.
23. LACE LOOP
The tongue will have a lace loop stitched onto it, make sure the top of the loop curls over and is stitched down under the loop. Also check that the stiching holding the loop down is tight, neat and even. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the air vents cut into the tongue, note how the heat flattened edge around the vent is even and follows the shape of the rounded cut perfectly.
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black have a thick T shaped foam tongue. Look for the rectangular vertical vents, make sure they have a step structure to them, the inner edge will be squashed down into the foam. Note how the bottom corners of the thick foam narrow down into a point where it joins into the upper.
25. TONGUE LOGO
The tongue will have an embroided Nike+Swoosh logo tag stitched onto the top edge. Make sure the embroidery is tight and neat, note how the E is joined to the Swoosh. Make sure the small registered TMs do not touch the logo. Make sure the typeface used is correct.
Look for the positioning hole drilled into the center of the forefoot insole, check that the stitching joining the insole to the Flyknit upper is neat and evenly spaced.
27. INSOLE STITCHING
If you remove the sockliner you will see the stitching joining the insole to the upper. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Check that there is a positioning hole drilled into the center of the heel. Note how there is a size printed onto the insole, in this case a 9. Vapormaxs have a molded heel support panel, look for the short zigzag stitchline running vertically up the center of the support panel, right down the bottom where it meets the insole.
28. SUPPORT PAPER
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black will have paper stuffed into the toebox when new. This off white paper has very tiny mottled flecks of colour in it, can you see them?
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black come with removable molded sockliners. Make sure the sockliners have a white foam base for added impact absorption and comfort. Note the blue line printed along the edge of the toe area, it is only on the edge and does not run over to the bottom of the sockliner.
30. SOCKLINER LOGO
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black 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.
31. INSIDE LABEL
The sockliners will have a label stitched onto them. 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.
The advanced lightweight technology behind the Vapormax is evident when you turn the shoe over and look at the air unit. Make sure the sole is not worn out if the shoes are new. The right shoe has an Air Max logo under the heel and the left shoe has a Swoosh logo under the heel.
33. MIDFOOT JOIN
Nike Off-White Air Vapormax FK Black have a unique Air Unit that is made up of a standalone outsole that is not encased in foam. Take note of the gap in the Air Unit structure at the midfoot arch. There is a carbon support structure under the outsole, you can see the fine lines of the carbon material in the gap between heel and forefoot sections.
34. HEEL AIR MAX
The right shoe will have an Air Max logo under the heel, make sure the typeface used is correct.
35. HEEL SWOOSH
The left shoe will have a Swoosh logo under the heel.
36. TREAD DETAIL
An important part of the Vapormax outsole is the rubberized traction pads, fused onto the air unit pods, which provide added surface grip. These traction pads can clearly be seen as a separate material. This is a good opportunity to have a close look at the tread pattern, note how the square traction blocks in the air units have a round circle in the center.