Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro's with this detailed 30 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 11 Retro's are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the 23 logo on the lid and Jumpman logo 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 with a barcode scanner app, the exact product including size should be correct.
5. BOX HOLE
The retail box of Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord's have a reinforced plastic ring to help with gripping the tray when opening. Make sure the plastic ring sits firmly in the hole.
6. BOX DATE CODE
Most, not all, Nike retail boxes feature a date code stamped inside the box.
7. BOX SIDE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord retail boxes have a Jumpman logo debossed into the side of the box. Check that the print is solid with clean edges, check that the proportions of the Jumpman are correct and that the Jumpman's fingers and shoe laces are well defined. Also check that the Jumpman is clearly debossed into the cardboard.
8. BOX BLUE JUMPMAN
The lid of Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord retail boxes have a Jordan Jumpman logo. Make sure the colour of the small Jumpman logo is correct for the shoe's colourway.
9. BOX PRINTING
Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord's come in a retail box full of detail, one thing to look out for is the wave printed on the side, make sure the wave continues on the tray insert in the same position as it is on the outer.
10. BOX INNER
Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord's come with a plastic inner which has the Roman numerals XI on it. Make sure the colour of the inner is correct for the shoe's colourway.
11. BOX INNER TYPE
The plastic inner also has 3 lines of small type on it. Tinker Made Them Shine, Mike Made Them Fly and You Made Them Iconic. Make sure the type is clear and sharp. Tip: Do you know who Tinker is? Tinker Hatfield is the famed designer of many of Nike's iconic shoes.
12. PAPER WRAPPING
Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord's are sometimes wrapped in paper that has a checkerboard pattern printed on it, echoing the carbon fiber pattern on the outsole. Check that the print is solid with crisp edges.
13. 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.
14. HEEL JUMPMAN POSITION
Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro's have a Jumpman on each heel, check the positions of each Jumpman. Tip: Check the position by looking at the ball in the Jumpman's hand and where it lines up with the 23.
15. HEEL JUMPMAN
Air Jordan 11's come with a Jumpman logo embroidered into the heel. Check the quality of the embroidery, and the proportions of the figure. Check that the fingers and shoe laces of the Jumpman are well defined, also take note of how the embroidery is close to flush with the upper material, almost stamped into the leather.
16. TOE SHAPE
Air Jordan 11's have a rounded shape to the toe box. Make sure there is a nice smooth transition from outsole to laces. The rubber outsole is usually transparent so check that you can see the colour of the shoe upper through it.
17. SIDE STITCHING
Check the quality of all the stitching on the side of the Air Jordan 11's. The stitching should be tight, evenly spaced and follow the edge of each panel perfectly. Also check the detail of how the stitching ends off just under each lace loop. Tip: on the second lace loop down from the top look closely how there is a barely visible stitch line just above the support strap.
Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord's come with tubular laces, check the quality of the weave, make sure it is tight, and even.
19. TONGUE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 11's will have the words Jumpman Jordan neatly embroidered into a band on the tongue. Check that the colour of the Jumpman logo is correct for the colourway of the shoe. Check that the quality of the embroidery is tight and neat, pay attention to the proportion of the Jumpman's hands and shoe laces. Tip: Enter the style number into a Google search to confirm the colourway, that will help you confirm what colour this Jumpman should be.
20. TONGUE LABEL
There is a tag inside the tongue with the words Greatest Player Ever embroidered into it. Make sure the words are white, and check that the embroidery is high quality. Again check the proportions of the Jumpman's hands, feet and ball. Tip: Check that the colour of the Jumpman figure is correct.
21. 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.
22. INSOLE STITCHING
Lift up the sockliner and check that the stitching joining the sole to the upper is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Check that there is a positioning hole drilled into the center of the heel.
23. SOCKLINERS INSERT
Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord's come with removable sockliners, check the construction of the sockliner especially the curve along the foot arch area.
24. SOCKLINER JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 11's will feature the Jumpman logo printed on the sockliner. Older models may feature the Nike logo. Check the proportions of the Jumpman and make sure the fingers and shoe laces are well defined. If the shoes are new make sure the logo is not worn out.
25. SOCKLINER SIZES
If you remove the sockliners and check underneath there should be a size indication embossed into the material, usually it is described as a range of 2 sizes. Also look out for a small bump along the edge of the material, near the base of the big toe.
26. SOLE PATTERN
Nike Jordan 11's have a distinctive sole pattern with the Jumpman logo under the top rubber layer (if the sole is transparent). There is a herringbone element at the heel and forefoot for added traction control. Always make sure the sole is high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new. Tip: The transparent soles can sometimes discolor over time, even if the shoes are not worn.
27. SOLE CARBON
Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro's have carbon fiber support under the outsole, look closely how the checkerboard carbon fiber pattern can be seen when it catches the light.
28. SOLE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord's will have a transparent outsole under which you can see the Jumpman logo. Check that the colour of the Jumpman is correct for the shoe's colourway.
29. SHOE TREE
Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord's come with a plastic molded shoe tree to keep the shoe in shape when not being worn. Check that the colour of the tree is correct, check the quality of the plastic, there is slight sparkle to the material.
30. SHOE TREE SIZE
Look closely at the Jumpman on the shoe tree, check the proportions of the figure and make sure the fingers and shoe laces are well defined. Check the shoe size numbers embossed into the plastic, making sure the actual embossing is sharp and clear.