Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Max 90 OG's with this detailed 31 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 90 OG's are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the Nike logo on the lid. 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. BOX BACK LABEL
Nike Air Max 90 OG's have a sticker on the bottom of the retail box detailing the presence of Nike Air Sole technology in the shoes. Make sure the printing is solid with clean, sharp edges, make sure the typefaces and logos are correct.
6. DATE CODE
Most, not all, Nike retail boxes feature a date code stamped inside the box.
7. BOX LOGO
Air Max 90 OG retail boxes will have an old retro Nike logo on the box lid, make sure the printing is solid with clean straight edges. Check that the typeface used is correct.
8. 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.
9. HEEL LOGO
Air Max 90's have a Nike Air logo embossed into a plastic patch on the heel, check the quality of the embossing itself. The embossed logo should have sharp, straight edges and have an evenly spaced gap around each letter. Make sure the stitching around the edge of the patch is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Make sure the horizontal grooves debossed into the patch follow through on each side of the stitching. This is also a good opportunity to have a close up look at how the logo is actually painted onto the rubber patch.
10. SWING TAG
Air Max 90 OG's come with a clear swing tag attached to the shoes. Check that the logo printed onto the swing tag is clear and sharp and that the corners of the tag are rounded. The transparent logo portion of the tag will appear cloudy.
11. AIR MAX LOGO
Air Max 90 OG's will have an Air Max logo embossed into a rubber patch on the side. The patch is stitched into the upper, make sure the stitch line around the patch is tight, even and follows the edge of the panel cut out perfectly. The embossed logo should have sharp straight edges, take note of the typeface used. Make sure the horizontal groove lines debossed into the rubber actually end before the leather panel starts as opposed to running under the leather.
The trademarked Nike Swoosh is carefully stitched onto most pairs of Nike Air Max 90 OG shoes. When checking the Swoosh, make sure the stitching is tight and even and follows the shape of the Swoosh perfectly. If the Swoosh is glued, stamped or printed on then check that there is no excess glue or join marks showing. Note how the base of the Swoosh appears cut off in a straight line by the panel below it. This is also a good opportunity to have a close look at the stitching on the outstep of the shoe, make sure all stitch lines are tight, neat, evenly spaced and flow the shape of each panel perfectly.
13. PROFILE SHAPE
Nike Air Max 90 OG's have a distinctive side profile, note how the forefoot has a gradual upward curve and how the heel tip has a short sharp up turn.
14. TOEBOX SHAPE
The toebox of Air Max 90 OG's will have an even rounded transition from the breathable mesh upper to the leather toe cap as opposed to a "boxy" shape. Take note of the neat double stitch line along the edge of the toebox panels. Make sure there is no excess glue showing where the midsole joins the upper as well as where the outsole toe tip curls up onto the upper.
15. SIDE STITCHING
Nike Air Max 90's have high quality stitching, it is very hard to replicate. The side panels are a good place to check panel stitching, make sure the double stitch lines are neat and evenly spaced and make sure the stitch lines follow the edges of each panel evenly. 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.
16. LACE HOLE
Nike Air Max 90 OG's have rubber patches into which lace holes are drilled. Take note of how the horizontal groove lines debossed into each patch end before reaching the lace holes and do not pass through the hole. There are two separate rubber lace hole patches, make sure the horizontal groove lines match up and run in the same direction.
Nike Air Max 90's have high quality flat woven laces, make sure the weave in the laces is tight and even.
18. LACE HOLES INSIDE
Check the lace holes from inside the shoe, note how the holes are neatly drilled into the breathable lining and match up with the holes in the upper with no rough edges. This is also a good opportunity to check the quality of the stitching from inside the shoe.
19. TONGUE CONSTRUCTION
Nike Air Max 90 OG's have a padded mesh tongue made of two sections. The top of the tongue will have rounded corners for comfort. Make sure the rigid tongue stands upright without any support.
20. TONGUE FABRIC
The tongue is made of a lightweight breathable mesh on the outside and a soft lining on the inside. Make sure the join between the two halves is neat and straight with no stitch line showing.
21. TONGUE LOGO
Nike Air Max 90 OG's 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 typeface is correct, make sure the circled R's do not touch the logo.
22. 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.
23. COLLAR PADDING
One of the trademark features of the Air Max 90 is lightweight comfort. The ankle collar has added padding which is well demonstrated by viewing the shoe from above. Note how the collar keeps a well rounded shape and doesn't flatten out.
24. AIR UNIT
Nike Air Max 90's have Air Unit technology for lightweight cushioning and maximum impact protection. Make sure the air "bubble" is clear with no paint marks and of high quality. The support structure within the Air Unit should be clearly visible. Some discoloration over time can occur.
25. INSOLE LOGO
Nike Air Max 90's usually have a Nike Air logo printed onto the sockliner, make sure the logo is not worn out if the shoes are new. Check that the typeface of the Air logo is correct, note how the K and E are joined. Also make sure the print quality is solid with sharp edges.
Air Max 90 OG's have molded sockliner inserts, check the shape of the sockliners, specifically look how the sides curve up to follow your foot shape.
27. INSOLE STITCHING
If you remove the sockliner of Nike Air Max 90's you will see the stitching joining the insole to the upper. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and even. Also look for the positioning hole drilled into the middle of the heel.
28. SOLE PATTERN
Nike Air Max 90's have a distinctive sole pattern, make sure the sole is not worn out if the shoes are new. Look for the deep flex grooves in the forefoot area that provide a natural range of motion and flexibility.
29. OUTSOLE LOGO
The sole of Air Max 90's will have a Nike logo, make sure the K and E are joined. Check that the quality of embossing is high, the logo will actually appear to have rounded edges. Also note the small rounded bumps on top of the tread pattern.
30. OUTSOLE GROOVES
The outsole of Air Max 90 OG's have deep flex grooves for natural range of motion and flexibility. Make sure the grooves do not run the full width of the shoe.
31. OUTSOLE DETAIL
Nike Air Max 90 OG's have a Rubber Waffle outsole for multi-surface traction and durability, take note of how the section under the air unit is a separate layer glued onto the outsole.