How to spot fake
Nike Air Max 1 97 Sean Wotherspoon
in 35 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon with this detailed 35 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
New Air Max 1/97 VF SWs are boxed in a strong shoe box featuring a corduroy design Nike logo on the lid and sides. Check the box carefully for any errors in brand logos, alignment, spelling and overall finish quality. Remember real shoe boxes can accompany fake shoes.
4. BOX LABEL
Nike retail boxes feature a label on one side detailing 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. 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 LOGO
The Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW has a different box to all other Air Max sneakers. The lid of the box will have a Nike logo with corduroy print design taken from all the different fabric patterns used on the upper of the shoe.
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SWs have a 80s style Nike logo printed all over the inside wrapping. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp.
7. WRAPPING INNER
Under the main wrapping each shoe is individually wrapped in plain paper to protect the delicate upper fabric.
8. MORE AIR
Under the box lid of Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SWs you will see the story of the Vote Forward Sean Wotherspoon sneaker released for Air Max Day. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp and the typeface used is correct.
9. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW come in a sturdy Nike retail box, take note of the interlocking join construction of the side panel, visible under the fold over section. Make sure the lid and side panels double over back into the box to create structural strength. Note how the top edge of this fold is squared off as opposed to rounded. Check how the lid section that folds back into the box is attached with small tabs.
10. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW have a distinctive side profile, both the toe and heel have a gradual curve upwards. Take note of the sharp upturn at the end of the heel.
11. HEEL STITCHING
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate. Check carefully that the stitching on the upper is tight, straight, evenly spaced and follows the edge of each wave panel evenly. Check the join between the upper and outsole is an even straight line and does not have any excess glue showing. Tip: Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoons have an added denim pull tab, do you know what the VA-LA stands for?
12. HEEL LOGO
The denim pull tab has the letters VA-LA embroided onto it. VA is Virginia and LA is Los Angeles, referring to Sean Wotherspoon's home state of Virginia and his move to Los Angeles. Make sure the embroidery is tight and even, note how the V and L are actually the same, the L is a V reversed.
13. PULL TAB
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW have a denim pull tab on the heel like the Air Max 97 does. Make sure the pull tab stays rigid and open, make sure there is a horizontal line of stitching holding the pull tab down at the top of the collar. Make sure the denim pull tab has thick rounded edges.
The side of the upper on the brown corduroy will have a golden Swoosh embroided onto it. Make sure the embroidery is tight, neat and even. Note how the Swoosh is almost embossed into the corduroy fabric and flush with the surface.
15. TOEBOX SWOOSH
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW have an added blue Swoosh embroided into the toebox, make sure the embroidery is tight and neat.
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW have the wave pattern of the Air Max 97 upper. Each corduroy wave is a different colour and each corduroy pattern runs in a different direction. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the stitching along the edge of each wave. Note how the bottom wave has a double stitchline along the top edge while the top grey wave has a single stitchline top and bottom. Each of the waves in-between only have a single stitchline while the pink wave sits at the bottom under all the waves.
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW have high quality tubular woven laces, make sure the weave in the laces is tight and even. Check that the lace tips have different gold and silver metal caps. These metal caps have a tiny hole at the top end where the lace goes into them. Make sure this top end has soft rounded edges so as not to damage the laces.
18. SPARE LACES
There is a set of three extra laces, the tips of these laces are sealed in clear plastic. Make sure the clear bags these spare laces come in have a Nike logo printed on them. Check that the printing is solid and sharp, take note of the red stripe along the top edge of the plastic bag.
19. TOE BUMPER
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW will have a yellow toe bumper that tapers off towards the toe box tip. Make sure the toe bumper is not lifting off the midsole, make sure there is no excess glue showing along the join to the upper.
20. TONGUE WAVE
The tongue has a oval patch with wave embroided onto it. Make sure the embroidery is high quality, note how the thin black lines running up the wave have thin tapering tips.
21. TONGUE LOGO
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW will have a yellow oval patch on the tongue which can be lifted off. Note how the Velcro patch has a plastic back to it. Under the wave patch is a plastic molded Swoosh logo, make sure the Swoosh has sharp tips and a slightly beveled edge.
22. SPARE LOGO
The white spare laces bag will come with a spare Velcro oval patch for the tongue. This oval patch will have a Swoosh logo embroided into it. Make sure the embroidery is tight and neat. Make sure the blue Swoosh colour matches the wave colour.
23. TONGUE SHAPE
The tongue of the Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SWs has a molded shape that follows the curve of your foot. Make sure the corners of the tongue have soft rounded corners. Note how the double stitchline up the side of the tongue ends before the molded curve begins. The tongue also has a soft felt lining.
24. 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.
25. INSOLE STITCHING
If you remove the sockliner of Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW you will see a felt insole that is stitched to the upper. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Make sure there is a production date stamped on the insole, there will also be a positioning hole drilled into the center of the heel.
Look for the positioning hole drilled into the center of the forefoot insole, it is hard to see but it is there. Check that the stitching joining the insole to the upper is neat and evenly spaced.
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SWs have a fabric lining, take note of the neat and even double stitch line along the bottom edge of the lace loops. Each lace loop has a cut in the lining which allows it to come through, the cut is only the width of the lace loop.
28. INNER PAPER
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SWs 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?
Air Max 1/97 VF SW have molded sockliner inserts that have a blue felt top with smiley logo at the heel. Check the shape of the sockliners, specifically look how the sides curve up to follow your foot shape.
30. SOCKLINER SMILEY
The smiley face logo is taken from the a vintage "Have a Nike day" t-shirt design. Make sure the embroidery is tight and even. Tip: Can you see the Swoosh logo smile.
31. SOCKLINER SIZES
The round smiley face logo goes right through the sockliner to the bottom, you can see the orange embroidery coming through the heel. There are four orange stitch details at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. There is a size indication embossed into the heel, in this case 11-12. Make sure the typface used is correct.
32. AIR UNIT
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW have Air Unit technology for lightweight cushioning and maximum impact protection. Make sure the air "bubble" is clear with no paint marks. The support structure within the Air Unit should be clearly visible. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look as the fine texture of the rubber midsole, note how it does not run onto the side walls of the Air Unit window.
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW have a distinctive sole pattern, always make sure they are high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new. Take note of the small round bumps in the middle of each block of the forefoot tread pattern.
34. SOLE LOGO
Nike Air Max 1/97 VF SW will have a small Nike and Swoosh logo embossed into the sole as well as an Air logo. Make sure the embossing is clean with sharp edges. Make sure the typeface used for the Air word is correct. Make sure the texture of the rubber is slightly grainy and not smooth.
35. UV SMILEY
Under UV (black) light the smiley face will have a strong glow.