How to spot fake
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animal
in 30 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals with this detailed 30 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 Atmos Animals are boxed in a sliding drawer style box featuring a varnished and embossed Nike logo on the lid and sides. There will also be a heavy plastic insert where the thumb hole is. Check the box carefully for any errors in brand logos, alignment, spelling and overall finish quality. Make sure the printing is not cracking or flaking off anywhere, especially along the folds. 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. BOX CONSTRUCTION
If you unfold the sides of the box you will see how the two ends of the short side meet. Make sure there is a black box printed around the thumb hole on the inner halves
6. BOX SIDE
The short side of the box will have an embossed and varnished Nike logo in the top corner. Make sure the varnishing is solid and sharp.
7. BOX INNER
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals have a sliding drawer style box, when you separate the two halves you will see how they are constructed. Note how the fold over sections that lock into the short side of the box are white and not black like the rest of the box. Make sure the short sides of the box that fold over have a square top edge while the long sides are thin exposed cardboard.
8. BOX DETAIL
The inner of the box has a unique folding system. Look for the glued down flap down the long side of the box, can you see a row of diagonal dotted lines debossed into this flap? They are not easy to see, in this example some of the dotted diagonal lines have black dots printed in them.
9. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals 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.
The Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals has a red Swoosh stitched onto the upper. The soft fur-like Swoosh has a rough texture to it. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and even and follows the edge of the Swoosh perfectly.
11. SIDE STITCHING
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals have high quality stitching, it is very hard to replicate. The side panels of the upper are a good place to check panel stitching, make sure the double stitch lines are neat and evenly spaced and that they follow the edges of each panel perfectly. Another detail to note is the join between two halves of the same panel just below the Swoosh, here you will see there is no visible vertical stitch line.
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals have high quality flat woven laces, make sure the weave in the laces is tight and even. Check that the lace tips are perfectly sealed in tight clear plastic.
13. SPARE LACES
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals come with two sets of spare laces in clear plastic bags. Check that these bags both have a Nike+Swoosh logo printed on them. Make sure the printing is solid and that the typeface used is correct. Also check that the clear bags have a thin red line printed along the top opening end.
Air Max 1 Atmos Animals will have eyelets cut directly out of the upper faux animal skins, make sure the holes are cleanly cut circles with no rough edges.
15. EYELET PLASTIC
The very top eyelet of Air Max 1 Atmos Animals will have a solid plastic insert. The holes in this figure 8 shaped insert are square. Make sure the stitching around the edge of the plastic insert is tight and neat and follows the figure 8 shape perfectly. Check that the zebra skin upper fabric is cut neatly around the edge of the plastic insert.
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals have a padded faux cow hide tongue. The top of the tongue will have rounded corners for comfort. Make sure the rigid tongue stands upright without any support. Also check the lace loop on the front of the tongue, make sure it is rigid.
17. TONGUE LOGO
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals have a Nike Air Max logo embroidered into a tab on the tongue. Check that the quality of the embroidery is tight and neat with no loose ends showing. Make sure the Registered R's do not touch the Nike word or Swoosh. Check that the typeface used for Air Max is correct. Also note how the stitching around the edge of the tab is neat and tight and follows the edge of the square perfectly.
18. LACE LOOP
Halfway up the fur tongue is a cut out lace loop to hold the laces in place. Make sure the edges of the cut show the leather texture and that the loop can stand open by itself. Take note of the woven fabric that looks almost like carbon fiber under the lace loop.
19. 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.
20. HEEL STITCHING
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate. Check carefully that the stitching on the heel is tight, straight, evenly spaced and follows the edge of each panel evenly. Tip: check the join between the upper and outsole is an even straight line and does not have any excess glue showing
21. HEEL LOGO
Air Max 1 Atmos Animals have a bright green Nike Air logo on the heel, check the quality of the reproduction. The embroidered stitching should be tight, neat and even with no loose ends. Make sure the N and the Swoosh do not touch, make sure the typeface used is correct. Tip: Note the embroidery pattern of the "R" in Air, how the short angled leg of the R runs over the rest of the letter.
22. AIR UNIT
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals 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.
If you remove the sockliner of Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals you will see an insole that is glued down onto the midsole. Make sure there is a date stamp, often slightly rubbed off. The insole should be a light green colour.
24. COLLAR LINING
The ankle collar of Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals has a soft padded lining, take note of the neat and even stitch line along the edge of the lining. Make sure the stitching follows this edge perfectly. Also make sure the top two eyelet holes are square shaped to follow the square shape of the plastic eyelet.
25. SOCKLINER LOGO
The Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals came with the original insole logo from the 2007 Atmos release. Make sure the printing is solid with sharp clear edges. Check that the Swoosh is clear and sharp. Can you see the slight square shape embossing around the logo.
Air Max 1 Atmos Animals have molded sockliner inserts, check the shape of the sockliners, specifically look how the sides curve up to follow your foot shape.
27. SOCKLINER SIZES
Air Max 1 Atmos Animals come with sockliners, remove the sockliners and look underneath. Check that the sockliners have a Nike+Swoosh logo debossed into the rubber. Make sure the debossing is clean with sharp edges. Look for the sizes also debossed into the rubber, in this case the last digit 8 represents the size, make sure this size matches the size of the box label and label inside the shoe. Tip: This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the tiny pin head size dots in the middle of each square.
28. TOE BUMPER
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals will have a gum 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. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the leopard spot fur, note how the lighter dots within the black patches fade from darker orange on the edges to lighter in the middle, they are not a solid colour.
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals 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.
30. SOLE LOGO
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos Animals 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.