How to spot fake
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reaper
in 39 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers with this detailed 39 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 Blazer Grim Reapers 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 Blazer Grim Reapers 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 Blazer Grim Reapers 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. 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 has faint diagonal lines in a brick-like pattern embossed into it. Tip: YCM is the company that produces sustainable packaging for companies like Nike.
11. PROFILE OUTSTEP
The side profile of the Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers is very distinctive, note how the forefoot has a gradual upward curve starting under the laces while the heel sits flat on the surface. Make sure the tongue stands up much higher than the collar.
12. PROFILE INSTEP
If you look at the instep profile view you will see the type printed on top of the upper, note how the type runs parallel to the bottom of the shoe. Make sure the stitching that runs along the edges of the eyelet panel is tight, neat and evenly spaced.
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers have many unusual stitching and reproduction techniques. The heel area shows off many of these. Check the join between the upper and midsole is an even straight line and does not have any excess glue showing. Make sure the double stitch line is tight, neat, evenly spaced and follows the edge of the leather panel perfectly. Note how evenly positioned the white Swoosh is on both shoes, it should sit just above the double stitch line at the back of the heel.
14. HEEL CODE
At the base of the heel you will see a product code printed in a typeface made up of tiny dots. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp. Take note of where each tiny dot is positioned, especially the double 77, the two 7's look like they are joined. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the fine texture in the heel panel that this code sits on, make sure it has a fine streaky texture and is not completely smooth..
15. HEEL SHAPE
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers have a wide midsole that slants outwards slightly. The slant is most pronounced at the heel, note how the base of the midsole is much narrower than the top where it meets the upper. Take note of the fine texture of the midsole rubber, it looks almost like sand.
16. HEEL NIKE
The collar has a Nike logo debossed into the soft suede-like panel. Make sure the typeface is correct and that the edges of each letter are sharp and straight. Make sure the inner base of the Nike logo is very flat, it looks almost like it has been ironed down with a slight plastic shine to it. Take this opportunity to have a close up look at the foam around the edge of the heel panel, the foam has a fine even texture of holes.
17. OFF WHITE TAG
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers come with a thick light blue, 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.
18. TAG DETAIL
The zip tie has a locking mechanism built into it, take note of the shape of the 5 cones behind the lock. The cones sit on an oval base shape with the first and last cones sticking out slightly outside of the oval.
The upper will have an oversized Swoosh glued onto it. Note how the Swoosh material has a fine random sand-like texture. Make sure the Swoosh sits flush with the upper and follows the curve of the midsole as it flows over it. The tip of the Swoosh will be slightly rounded.
20. SWOOSH TAB
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers will have a small orange tab glued behind the Swoosh. The top of the orange tab has a fine pitted texture while the back of it is smooth and more yellow. The pitted texture is made up of tiny ovals tightly packed against one another.
21. SWOOSH DETAIL
Take note of the clear plastic upper, the fine waffle pattern is made up of diamond shapes that are filled with what looks like tiny dots. There will be abroad diagonal stitch line behind the Swoosh. The clear tape over this broad stitchline has a faint speckled spray of dots in it that looks like glitter, can you see it?
22. MADE IN TAGS
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.
23. INSTEP TYPE
The instep of the upper will have the words Off-White TM c/o Nike "Nike Blazer Mid" Beaverton, Oregon USA c. 1972 printed in white. Make sure the printing is solid and the typeface used is correct, note how the r and t of Beaverton are touching. The black upper panel will have a large Swoosh logo on it, the Swoosh is made out of very fine punched holes, can you see them. Make sure the punched holes go black when they punch through the white lettering.
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers will have a rubber bumper protecting the midsole and a rubber section over the top of the toebox. Make sure the is no excess glue showing where the two join. Make sure the top edge of the midsole is slightly rounded while the toe bumper has a much sharper top edge. Check the square stitch pattern below the eyelet panel, take note of how the top side of the square stitch pattern follows the edge of the underside of the eyelet panel.
25. TOEBOX JOIN
On the instep side of the toebox there is a join in the midsole, can you see it, it is a thin vertical join line that runs under the toe bumper so you only see half of it.
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers 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.
27. SPARE LACES
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers come with a set of spare laces which are white in colour with orange lettering.
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers have a large rectangular shaped tongue with woven outer layer and foam core. Make sure the foam core is a 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.
29. 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 TMs do not touch the logo. Make sure the typeface used is correct. Note how the white tab folds neatly against the foam tongue
30. 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.
31. TONGUE BACK
If you look at the back of the tongue you will see the small dots of the orange stitch line that runs along the front of the tongue, it is mixed in with a black stitch line. Also note how the tongue can stand upright and rigid without any support. The grey foam filling of the tongue is clearly visible along the edge of the tongue.
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers have a distinctive inside lining panel. Check that the eyelet holes are cleanly cut out of the lining. Check that the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Make sure you can see the shape of the Swoosh that is joined to the outside of the upper, it is faint but you can see it from inside the shoe.
33. SOCKLINER LOGO
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers 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 sockliner.
If you lift the sockliner up you will see the insole stitching joining the green insole to the cream 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 see two here in this example. Make sure the under side (and core) of the sockliner is blue
35. 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 Blazer Grim Reapers 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 Blazer Grim Reapers have a distinctive herringbone pattern in the rubber outsole. The herringbone pattern helps with grip in sudden changes of direction. Make sure the soles are not worn out if the shoes are new.
37. BUMPER JOIN
On the edge of the sole tread, in line with the end of the toe bumper, is a tiny half spherical bump (a small dot). It lines up perfectly with the end of the toe bumper on both sides of the shoe. Also take this opportunity to check the join between the toe bumper, rubber midsole and sole, make sure there is no excess glue showing and that the midsole and toe bumper are not lifting off anywhere.
Take note of the fine triangular tread pattern that helps with surface grip. This triangular pattern runs on the edge of the sole and sticks up slightly above the smooth bottom edge of the midsole and bumper. Take note of the midsole it has a fine sand-like texture to it.
39. SHOE TREES
Nike Off-White Blazer Grim Reapers 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 9.5-10.5 for MS (men) and 11-12 for WS (women).