How to spot fake
Nike Air Yeezy 1
in 27 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Yeezy 1's with this detailed 27 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 Nike Air Yeezy 1'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 (even a photo of one) with a barcode scanner app, the exact product including size should be correct.
5. BOX DATE CODE
Most, not all, Nike retail boxes feature a date code stamped inside the box.
6. 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.
7. HEEL TAB
Nike Air Yeezy 1's come with a heel tab to help you when pulling your sneakers on. The tab has an embroidered Yeezy on it. Check that the stitching is tight, neat, even with no loose ends. Make sure the stitched letters do not join one another.
8. HEEL DETAIL
Nike Air Yeezy 1's will have high quality stitching. For Black Yeezy 1's check that the laser engraved Y pattern is a consistent depth and texture, making sure none of the Y's touch each other. Check that the stitching holding the heel tab down is tight and even.
9. HEEL SWOOSH
All Air Yeezy 1's will have a Swoosh on the outstep of the ankle collar, check that the stitching around the Swoosh is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Make sure the stitch line follows the Swoosh shape perfectly, take note of how close to the edge of the Swoosh the stitch line runs.
10. ANKLE PROFILE
Nike Yeezy 1's have a very exaggerated collar profile. The shape goes from low at the back to much higher at the front. Check the quality of the padding and the join between upper leather and inner fabric lining, the join should be clean and straight with no stitching showing. Also note the heavily padded collar has a definite molded bulge that flattens out before reaching the lace holes.
11. TONGUE CONSTRUCTION
Yeezy 1's have a soft padded leather tongue for maximum comfort. The tongue should be rigid and stand upright without any support. Check that the length of the tongue does not extend above the height of the collar by very much.
12. TONGUE MATERIAL
Nike Air Yeezy 1's have perforated holes in the tongue for breathability, make sure the holes run in consistent neat rows. The leather used for the tongue should be soft and have a matt appearance. Check that the join line between the two sections does not show any stitching.
13. LACE STITCHING
Around the laces of Yeezy 1's is where you can get a good look at the stitch quality. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Note how the double row stitch line becomes a single line around the lower group of lace holes. Make sure the laces used are a thicker that normal tubular lace.
14. LACE LOCK
The lace lock of Nike Air Yeezy 1's has plenty of detail. Check the embossing quality of the Yeezy word around the edges, make sure the embossing is clear and sharp. There is a small Swoosh in the center of the disc, check that the edge of the Swoosh is sharp. Make sure the quality of the plastic is good with no rough edges. This is a good opportunity to check the quality of the thick tubular laces, make sure the weave is tight and neat.
15. TOE BOX
The toe box of Black Yeezy 1's is made of a neoprene top panel and suede lower panel. The other two styles, tan and grey, have a leather top panel. What is important to check is the smooth transition from front midsole to top toe box panel. The gradual curve as the material changes from suede to neoprene keeps a clean side profile.
16. STRAP Y PATTERN
Nike Air Yeezy 1's have a Y pattern imprinted into the lace cover (Patent Leather) strap. make sure the Y pattern is clear and sharp but not debossed too deeply into the fabric. Note how much the glossy strap shines.
17. STRAP VELCRO
If you open the strap of Yeezy 1's you will find the velcro hook panel. Make sure the velcro panel only uses up a specific section of the strap, make sure no excess glue is showing where the velcro joins the strap. Also note how the velcro is cleanly cut along the strap edge.
18. MIDSOLE MATERIAL
The midsole of Yeezy 1's on all 3 colourways has a matt finish. Make sure no excess glue is showing where the midsole joins the upper.
19. UPPER MATERIALS
Black Yeezy 1's have a toe box made using a soft neoprene top panel. The neoprene will appear matt. The other two colourways, tan and grey, have a leather top panel. The lower toe box section of Black Yeezy 1's is a rough grey suede. Check that the stitch line is tight, neat and evenly spaced and follows the panel edge perfectly.
20. AIR UNIT
Nike Air Yeezy 1's have Air-Sole technology. Make sure the air "bubble" is clear and of high quality. The support structure within the Air Unit should be clearly visible. Make sure there is no excess glue or paint on the window. Some discoloration over time can occur.
21. TONGUE PADDING
Nike Air Yeezy 1's have a heavily padded collar, note the shape of the padding form above. Note how well the collar keeps a uniform shape on both side. Check that the join between leather upper and inner lining is neat and even.
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. INSIDE LINING
Nike Air Yeezy 1's will have an inner lining with distinctive stitch pattern. The lining of the Black colourway has a slight shine/sparkle to it. Make sure the stitch line is tight, neat and evenly spaced.
If you lift the sockliner you will see the stitching joining the upper to the insole. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and even. There will also be a date code stamped on the insole. Often there is a positioning hole drilled into the insole. Take note of the colour of the sockliner base.
25. SOLE PATTERN
Air Yeezy 1's have a distinctive sole pattern, make sure it is not worn out if the shoes are new. There is a pivot point at the forefoot for greater traction during sudden turns. Take note of the stars in the toe box area, they will fit neatly into the space provided with no stars overlapping or being cut off.
26. SOLE LOGO
The sole of Nike Air Yeezy 1's will have a Nike logo molded into the rubber, make sure the edges of the logo are sharp and straight. This is an opportunity to have a close look at the fine bumpy texture of the sole's surface which gives added traction control.
27. GLOWING SOLE
Nike Air Yeezy 1's have a sole which glows in the dark. Make sure the sole glows in specific areas and not all over, there are defined panels that do not glow. Tip: The longer you shine a bright light on the sole the brighter the sole will glow.