Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Max 1 Atmos 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 are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the Nike logo on the lid and sides. Color and style of boxes can vary according to style and year. 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. DATE CODE
Most, not all, Nike retail boxes feature a date code stamped inside the box.
6. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos 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 a small tab.
7. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos 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 has a jade Swoosh stitched onto the upper. The patent leather Swoosh has a plastic like shine to it, note how it reflects light. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and even and follows the edge of the Swoosh perfectly.
9. SIDE STITCHING
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos 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 stitch line.
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos 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. Also take this opportunity to check the half moon stitch pattern just below the tongue, make sure the stitching is tight and neat with no loose ends.
Air Max 1 Atmos will have eyelets cut directly out of the upper fabric, make sure the holes are cleanly cut circles with no rough edges.
12. EYELET PLASTIC
The very top eyelet of Air Max 1 Atmos 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 Elephant upper fabric sits flush with the plastic insert.
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos have a padded suede 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.
14. TONGUE LOGO
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos 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, this logo tab folds under the back fabric of the tongue so that you do not see any stitch line.
15. LOGO PATCH
If you have a close up look at the top of the logo patch on the tongue you will notice how the patch folds under the inside lining. Tip: The pack release (which includes the Atmos Air Jordan 3's) will have a limited release number code on the back of the tongue.
16. LACE LOOP
Halfway up the suede tongue is a cut out lace loop to hold the laces in place. Make sure the edges of the cut show the suede 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. HEEL LOGO
Air Max 1 Atmos have a 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.
20. AIR UNIT
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos 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.
21. OUTSOLE JOIN
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos will have an outsole glued to the PU midsole, you can see the join line just below the Air Unit window. Make sure the join is clean and straight with no glue marks showing. Make sure this outsole is not lifting off the midsole anywhere.
If you remove the sockliner of Nike Air Max 1 Atmos 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.
23. COLLAR LINING
The ankle collar of Nike Air Max 1 Atmos 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.
24. SOCKLINER LOGO
The Nike Air Max 1 Atmos came in two options, in a pack with Atmos Air Jordan 3's and as a solo release. The pack release has an insole with Elephant pattern and Nike Swoosh logo printed onto it. The solo release, shown here, uses the original insole logo from the 2007 release. Make sure the logo is debossed into the sockliner. Make sure the printing is solid with sharp clear edges.
Air Max 1 Atmos have molded sockliner inserts, check the shape of the sockliners, specifically look how the sides curve up to follow your foot shape.
26. SOCKLINER SIZES
Air Max 1 Atmos 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 9 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.
27. ELEPHANT PATTERN
The distinctive feature of the Nike Air Max Atmos is the Elephant pattern on the mudguard. Atmos retailer in Japan created one of the first collaborations with Nike in 2002 introducing the unmistakable Safari pattern. In 2007 Atmos collaborated with Nike again and introduced the now famous Elephant pattern. In 2017 Hirofumi Kojima of Atmos has brought the Elephant pattern back to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the Nike Air Max 1. Make sure the pattern is debossed into the upper fabric, check that the pattern continues across any joins in the fabric. Make sure the black printing is solid, note how the black print becomes tiny dots which spreads right across the entire upper even over the grey areas. The tiny dots will be more dense closer to the main black pattern.
28. TOE BUMPER
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos will have a black 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.
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos 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. Tip: The pack release (which includes the Atmos Air Jordan 3's) will have a translucent outsole with Jumpman logo at the forefoot.
30. SOLE LOGO
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos 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.