How to spot fake
Nike Air Jordan 10 30th
in 26 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 10 Retro 30th's with this detailed 26 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 Jordan 10 Retro 30th's are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the Jumpman logo on the lid and number 23 on the 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. 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. LID JUMPMAN
On the top of the box there should be a gold Jumpman logo. This gold Jumpman is printed using a technique that results in the Jumpman appearing reflective and debossed into the cardboard. Make sure the gold print is clear and not rubbing off, make sure that the edges of the logo are sharp and that the fingers, laces and ball of the Jumpman figure are well defined.
6. SIDE 23
On one of the corners of the box there should also be a gold 23 logo. Make sure the reflective gold print is clear and not rubbing off, make sure that the edges of the 23 are sharp and well defined. The 23 should be clearly debossed into the cardboard.
7. DATE CODE
Most, not all, Nike retail boxes feature a date code stamped inside the box.
8. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Nike Air Jordan 10 Retro 30th's come in a sturdy retail box, make sure the lid and side panels double over back into the box to create structural strength. Note how the top of this fold is squared off as opposed to being rounded. Check that the lid section that folds back into the box is attached with two small glued down tabs. Also note how the side walls, when viewed from the inside of the box, have a locking system that does not require any gluing. The folded over side panels have tabs that stick right through holes cut into the sides.
9. PAPER WRAPPING
Nike Air Jordan 10 Retro 30th's come with paper wrapping which has a repeated number 23 printed all over it. Make sure the printing quality is good, with crisp edges.
10. SIDE PROFILE
Air Jordan 10 Retro 30th's have a distinctive side profile, the toe box will curve up gradually starting below the laces while the heel also lifts up slightly. Tip: Take note of the length of the tongue it should not stick out too far above the collar.
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 evenly. Tip: check the join between the upper and outsole is an even straight line and does not have any excess glue showing.
12. HEEL LOGO
Jordan 10's come with a Jumpman logo embroidered into the heel. Check the quality of the stitching, it should be tight and neat with no loose ends. Make sure the Jumpman logo is correctly proportioned. Pay special attention to the well defined fingers and shoe laces of the Jumpman figure.
13. TOE BOX
Air Jordan 10's have an evenly rounded toe box. Take note of where the outsole joins the midsole, there should be no excess glue marks showing.
14. LACE STITCHING
Nike Air Jordan 10 Retro 30th's have very high quality stitching. Look closely just below the first lace loops, take note of the double stitch line, make sure it is tight, neat, evenly spaced and that the double stitch line follows the edge of the upper panel perfectly.
Nike Air Jordan 10 Retro 30th's come with high quality woven tubular laces, make sure the weave pattern is tight, neat and even. The tips of the laces have a tight clear cap.
The tongue of new Jordan 10's has elasticated straps for added support at each lace loop, stitched directly onto the upper. Check that these elasticated straps are taught. The top half of the tongue has two stripes emulating the elasticated straps.
17. TONGUE DETAIL
The top of the tongue will have two woven stripes stitched onto it. Make sure these woven stripes slip under the tongue fabric through small holes cut into the tongue. Also note how the stitching holding these stripes in place crosses over these cuts.
18. TONGUE AIR JORDAN
An Air Jordan 23 logo is embossed into the top of the tongue, check that the embossing stands out well and that the letters are clear with sharp edges.
19. SUPPORT STRAPS
Nike Air Jordan 10 Retro 30th's have elasticated support straps across the top of the forefoot for superior lock down comfort. Make sure the straps are taught.
20. SIDE STITCHING
Check the quality of the double row stitching on the side panels, it should be neat and even and follow the panels perfectly. This is also an opportunity to check that the join between the outsole and the upper does not show any excess glue.
21. COLLECTION LABEL
Air Jordan 10 Retro 30th's have an Air Jordan Collection tag inside the tongue, the embroidery should be neat and tight with no loose ends. The words Air Jordan Collection should be white stitching.
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. INSOLE STITCHING
If you lift up the sockliner you will see the stitching joining the insole to the upper. Make sure the stitching is neat and evenly spaced, look for the positioning hole drilled in the middle of the heel.
24. INSOLE 30
Nike Air Jordan 10 Retro 30th's feature a "30" logo on the insole. If the shoes are new check that the print quality is solid and not worn out.
25. SOLE PATTERN
Nike Jordan 10's have a distinctive sole pattern with the Jumpman logo as well as a list of Michael Jordan's achievements, make sure the edges of the letters are sharp and not worn out if the shoes are new.
26. SOLE JUMPMAN
Jordan 10's feature the Jumpman logo on the sole. Check the proportions of the hands, feet and ball. Check that the Jumpman's fingers and laces are well defined. Tip: Take note of the fine texture in the outsole which maximizes surface grip.