Authenticate your Nike Air Jordan 1 Off-White Chicagos with this 37 point step-by-step guide.
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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 Air Jordan 1 Retro Off-Whites are boxed in a standard black Nike Jordan retail box that has been turned inside out so that the outside is raw cardboard. The word "Jumpman" is 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 JUMPMAN
The lid has the word "Jumpman" 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 Air Jordan 1 Retro Off-Whites 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. INSIDE JUMPMAN
The inside of the lid has a gold Jumpman logo foiled and debossed into it. Make sure the gold Jumpman is clearly debossed into the cardboard. Make sure the gold foil is clear and not rubbing off, make sure that the edges of the logo are sharp and that the fingers, laces and ball of the Jumpman figure are well defined.
Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Off-Whites 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. 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.
11. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Off-Whites 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 Retro Off-Whites 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 red 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 red leather panel at the bottom of the heel, it is quite different to the red leather panel around the collar. This lower red panel is almost rubbing off, you can see the horizontal and vertical fibers of the leather fabric.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. OUTSTEP SWOOSH
The outstep will have an oversized black 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 black 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 join running vertically through it, this join is sealed with a clear strip of tape. Make sure the tape is not lifting off, and that you can see the stitch join under the clear tape.
17. 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.
18. AIR JORDAN LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Off-Whites 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 printing, can you see the tiny feathers of the wings. Make sure the typeface is correct. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the tiny stitching punch holes along the edge of the collar strap, note how unevenly they are spaced.
19. 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 Retro Off-Whites come with high quality flat woven laces with the words "Shoelaces" printed onto them. Check that the letters are actually slightly thick gel and not just flat ink. 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 Air Jordan 1 Retro Off-Whites come with a set of three spare laces which are orange, green and white, each with the same gel 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 blue stitching joining the Swoosh to the upper, make sure the double line blue stitching is in a zigzag pattern.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. TONGUE SHAPE
Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Off-Whites 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.
26. TONGUE STRUCTURE
If you look at the back of the tongue you will see the small dots of the red 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
27. TONGUE JOIN
If you unlace the shoe you will see the join between the tongue and upper, note how the tongue is a much brighter white that the upper.
28. 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.
29. TOE BOX
The toebox foam will have tiny holes drilled into it for breathability, make sure the holes are cleanly cut right through the foam. Look at the red leather toebox panel, note how there is a cream leather panel perfectly in line with the red but underneath it. Note how this cream leather panel tapers off and disappears as it goes underneath the lace eyelet panels. There is also a clear tape join in the white toebox foam, can you see it just below the lace eyelet panels.
30. 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 black 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.
32. SOCKLINER LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Off-Whites 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 not simply knocked out of the black.
33. 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.
34. 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.
36. 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.
37. SHOE TREE
Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Off-Whites 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 9-9.5. Make sure the debossing is sharp and clear.
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