How to spot fake
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard
in 30 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards with this detailed 30 point step-by-step guide.
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 Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the Nike logo on the lid and side. 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. Make sure the ink is not cracking or flaking off anywhere, especially along the folds in the box. 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. Take this opportunity to have a close up look at the Swoosh logo printed onto the inside of the box, make sure the printing is solid and sharp and that the typeface for the tiny registered R is correct.
6. LID SWOOSH
The inside of the lid will have a small Swoosh "R" logo printed on it. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp. Make sure the typeface used is correct.
7. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards will have a solid box with rigid flat sides, check that the short sides fold right over and lock into the base of the box. Note how the fold on the short side has a square top to it, you can see the double score line where the side folds over, creating the square fold. The long side has a thin exposed cardboard edge.
8. BOX TYPE
The retail box of Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards will have details on the side relating to the Nike and Swoosh trademarks. Check that the typeface is correct and that the print quality is high. Also check the spacing of the letters.
9. BOX HOLES
If you lift the retail box up you will see the interlocking system on the short side. Note how far the tabs extend through the holes cut into the base of the box. Look closely at the round finger hole, make sure the red band printed on the bottom side of the box wraps around slightly onto the base of the box. This is a good opportunity to have a close look at the corrugated structure of the cardboard, can you see the waffle pattern inside the finger hole.
10. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards have a distinctive side profile, the toe will have a gradual curve upwards while the heel sits completely flat on the surface. Check that the tongue is the same height as the collar. Note how the collar itself slants down from the tongue towards the heel.
11. 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 perfectly. Tip: check the join between the upper and outsole does not have any excess glue showing.
12. HEEL TAB
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards have a tab on the heel. Check that this tab folds over and under the cream panel beneath it, make sure there is a horizontal double stitchline that runs over this heel tab.
13. SPARE LACES
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards will come with spare laces. Make sure they are the standard white flat laces and that they are packaged in a light plastic bag.
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards will have a Swoosh on the side. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Check that the stitching follows the shape of the Swoosh perfectly. Take note of the stitch line that overlaps the Swoosh, it cuts deep into the Swoosh, almost flush with the surface.
15. AIR JORDAN LOGO
The ankle support area of the collar will have an Air Jordan logo printed onto it. Make sure the quality of the printing is solid, with straight, clean edges. Check that the logo is also slightly debossed into the panel and that the printing is in register (matches) with the debossing. Check that the typeface used is correct, you will see that the small TM is not debossed into the leather like the rest of the logo is.
16. TONGUE SHAPE
The tongue of Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards is a single piece of padded fabric. Check that the tongue is rigid enough to stand upright without any support. Make sure the top corners are rounded for comfort and that the double stitchline below the logo runs over the side ribbing.
17. LACE LOOP
Look for the lace loop, make sure it is cleanly cut into the thick foam and nylon tongue. Make sure the edges of the cut are not rough and frayed.
18. TONGUE LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards have an embroidered Nike Air logo on the tongue. Make sure the stitching is tight and neat. Check that the E of Nike is joined to the Swoosh and that the typeface used is correct.
19. TONGUE LABEL
Inside the tongue the label will have small embroidered type. Check the quality of embroidery, check that the stitching is tight and neat. Note how the label is joined to the tongue with a double line of stitching and a folded over section. Make sure that the typeface used is correct.
20. UPPER JOIN
Take note of the join between the lace panel and the upper, note how the lower lace panel tapers to a thin point underneath the first eyelet hole of the top lace panel.
21. INSIDE LINING
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards have a distinctive inside lining panel. Check that the eyelet holes are cleanly cut out of the lining. Check that the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Take special note of the stitch pattern around the top two eyelet holes
22. COLLAR EYELETS
From the outside you can see the interesting stitch pattern around the top eyelet holes. Note the double stitchline around the edge of the collar panel, make sure the stitching is tight, neat and even.
23. 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.
24. TOEBOX HOLES
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards have a holes drilled into the toebox for ventilation, make sure the holes are cleanly cut with no rough edges. Take note of the pattern of the holes that radiate out from the center.
25. INSOLE LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards have a distinctive inside sockliner logo. In memory of Michael Jordan's backboard shattering after a dunk during an exhibition game in Italy in 1985 the insole logo is a printed design of a backboard breaking into pieces. Make sure the orange basketball ring has a shadow graient to it and that the pieces of glass appear to shine.
26. UPPER SHINE
It's not easy to see but the black upper has a shine to it, if you catch the upper at the right angle small flecks (dots) will sparkle under bright light.
27. SHOE TREE
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards come with cardboard shoe trees. The shoe trees will have a Jumpman logo debossed into them as well as a size range, in this case 8.5-10. Make sure the debossing is sharp and clear.
Nike Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards have a distinctive sole pattern with pivot point at the forefoot for traction and durability. Always check the quality of the sole tread pattern, make sure that it is not worn out if the shoes are new.
29. SOLE LOGO
A Nike logo features on the sole of Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboards. Check the position of the registered circled R and check that the edges of the embossed logo are sharp and clean. Make sure the typeface used for the R is correct. This is a good opportunity to have a close look at the sole texture, take note of the fine pattern in the rubber.
30. SOLE STARS
Check that the stars at the toe section follow the shape they are within and none of the stars are cut off or overlap. Make sure the pattern is high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new.