How to spot fake
Nike Air Yeezy 2
in 35 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Yeezy 2's 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 Nike Air Yeezy 2'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. DUST BAG
Nike Air Yeezy 2's come with a dust bag, there will be two laces with metal lace tips and leather round lace locks. The nylon that the bag is made from will be rigid and have a semi shine to it. Also take note that the bag is made from two haves and joined on all 3 sides with a stitch line that cannot be seen from the outside.
7. DUST BAG FALCON
Nike Air Yeezy 2's dust bags have an embroidered Egyptian God Horus (falcon) logo on the one side. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and has no loose ends. Look closely at how detailed the embroidery work is.
8. DUST BAG NIKE
The dust bag will have a Nike Sportswear logo embroidered onto one side. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and has no loose ends. Look closely at how detailed the embroidery work is. Note how the E in Nike touches the Swoosh.
9. DUST BAG LACE LOCK FRONT
Yeezy 2's have a dust bag with laces and leather lace locks. The lace locks will have snake skin scales on one side, check that the quality of stitching around the lace lock is tight and neat.
10. DUST BAG LACE LOCK BACK
Yeezy 2's have a dust bag with lace locks, on the opposite side to the snake scales is smooth leather with the Roman numerals II (2) debossed into the fabric. This is a good opportunity to check the quality of the stitching, make sure it is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Make sure the laces used are the same laces as used for the shoes themselves, they should be high quality tubular laces.
11. DUST BAG LACE TIP
Nike Air Yeezy 2's have a dust bag with laces draw strings. The lace tips are metal obelisk shaped screw tops. Make sure the metal tips have a small hole drilled into the top. Take note that the lace material sticks out of the top of the inner metal thread.
12. HEEL JOINS
Nike Air Yeezy 2's have a very distinctive heel shape with molded reptile like spikes. Make sure there is no excess glue showing where the midsole and upper meet. Check that the snake skin panel also shows no excess glue where it joins the heel panel.
13. SCALES OUTER SIDE
Nike Air Yeezy 2's have a snake skin side panel, make sure the snake scales are cut into the fabric. Check that the snake skin panel has a rounded edge where it folds over and joins the panel below.
14. SCALES INNER SIDE
Nike Air Yeezy 2's have a snake skin inner side panel, make sure the snake scales are cut into the fabric. Check that the texture of the snake skin has a nice matt finish.
Air Yeezy 2's have a Swoosh molded into the side panel, make sure the swoosh is prominent with neat straight edges.
16. STRAP NIKE
Air Yeezy 2's have a lace cover strap for locked down support, the strap will have an embossed Nike logo. Check that the typeface is correct, that the edges of the letters are sharp and straight but also slightly rounded. The strap material should have a matt appearance.
17. STRAP VELCRO
If you open the lace cover strap of Air Yeezy 2's you will see a velcro panel. Make sure the panel is cut flush with the strap. This is also an opportunity to check the hole through which the strap passes, it should be a plastic inlay into the suede upper. Check that the stitching around the hole is neat and evenly spaced.
18. STRAP KW TEXT
Nike Air Yeezy 2's have a lace cover strap with the words Kanye West&Nike©MMXI debossed into the back. Pay careful attention that the typeface is correct, make sure the quality of debossing is good, the letters should be sharp. Tip: Look closely at the tips of the letters N and M to help identify the typeface.
19. STRAP HIEROGLYPHICS
Nike Air Yeezy 2's will have Egyptian hieroglyphics in the velcro strap that spell out the word YZY. Check the quality of the embossed hieroglyphics, the edges of the images should be sharp and clear, make sure the bird's legs are well defined.
20. SIDE PANEL
The lace cover strap is join to the upper with a suede panel. Cut into the suede panel is a pattern of triangles. Take note of the size and position of the triangles. Check that the stitching around the suede panel is tight, neat and even. The suede itself has a slight rough texture to it.
21. TONGUE CONSTRUCTION
Air Yeezy 2's have a well padded tongue with breathable mesh fabric for comfort. There is a diamond pattern that can be seen when the light is caught at the right angle.
22. TONGUE LOGO
Nike Air Yeezy 2's have a logo on the tongue of the Egyptian God Horus. The logo is molded plastic glued onto a leather patch. Check that the leather patch has small perforated holes evenly spaced. Check that the falcon logo is sharp with clean edges. This is also an opportunity to have a close up look at the tongue mesh fabric.
23. LACE LOCK
The leather lace locks will be smooth on one side with the Roman numerals II debossed into the fabric. Make sure the laces are high quality tubular ones.
24. LACE TIPS
Nike Air Yeezy 2's lace tips are metal obelisk shaped screw tops. Make sure the metal tips have a small hole drilled into the top. Take note that the lace material sticks out of the top of the inner metal thread.
25. LACE HOLES
The top eyelets of Air Yeezy 2's have a snake skin pattern engraved into the plastic, check that the quality of engraving is sharp and clear.
26. 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.
27. INSOLE CODE
Nike Air Yeezy 2's have a code printed under the sockliner. Also check the stitching joining the insole to the upper, make sure the stitching is neat and even. There is also a positioning hole drilled into the center of the heel.
28. INNER LINING
Air Yeezy 2's have a soft inner lining for comfort, the lining has a slight shine to it. Check that the shape of the collar when viewed from above is a slim oval with minimal padding. This is a good opportunity to check the molded curve to the tongue, make sure the join between inner lining of the tongue and outer mesh is neat and straight.
29. TOE SHAPE
Nike Air Yeezy 2's have a smooth transition between the two fabrics used for the toe box, the two halves should almost blend into one another when viewed from a side profile. Make sure there is no excess glue showing where the midsole and upper join.
30. MISOLE TEXTURE
The midsole of Nike Air Yeezy 2's has a matt finish that will not shine. Check that the join between midsole and upper is neat and straight with no excess glue showing.
31. AIR UNIT
Nike Air Yeezy 2's have Air Unit technology for lightweight cushioning. Make sure the air "bubble" is clear and of high quality. The support structure within the Air Unit should be clearly visible. Some discoloration over time can occur. Make sure there are no glue or paint marks on the window.
32. SOLE PATTERN
The sole pattern of Nike Air Yeezy 2's is taken from the Air Tech tennis shoe, the herringbone pattern provides traction during sharp changes in direction. The forefoot pivot point provides added stability. Make sure the sole is not worn out if the shoes are new.
33. SOLE LOGO
Yeezy 2's have a Nike logo embossed into the sole, make sure the letters have sharp clean edges, note how the K and E are joined. This is a good opportunity to have a close look at the fine texture in the rubber around the herringbone pattern.
34. SOLE GLOWING
Nike Air Yeezy 2's have glow in the dark soles. Tip: The soles only glow in a certain area, not across the entire surface, the outer edges shine brightest.
35. SOLE BRIGHTNESS
The longer and brighter the light is that you shine on the sole the longer and brighter the soles will glow in the dark.