Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma'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 Gamma's are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the 23 logo debossed into the lid and Jumpman logo on the side. There will be a thin Jordan Jumpman logo printed and varnished into the opposite end of the lid to the 23. 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 Gamma's has a light blue reinforced plastic ring to help with gripping the tray when opening. Make sure the plastic ring sits firmly in the hole.
6. BOX HOLE INSIDE
If you look inside the box at the plastic ring you will see how it has two interlocking halves, make sure the construction of the ring is correct.
7. BOX SIDE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma retail boxes have a light blue 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 LID JUMPMAN
The lid of Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma retail boxes have a Jordan Jumpman logo. Make sure the colour of the small Jumpman logo is light blue. Make sure the Jordan Jumpman text is yellow and that the typeface is correct, look for the tiny decender on the capital 'R' of Jordan.
9. BOX PRINTING
Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma's come in a retail box full of detail, one thing to look out for is the wave varnished 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 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. Make sure the plastic inner is frosted and not totally clear. Tip: Do you know who Tinker is? Tinker Hatfield is the famed designer of many of Nike's iconic shoes.
11. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma's have a distinctive side profile, both the toe and heel have a gradual curve upwards. Take note of the sharp upturn at the end of the heel. Note how the tongue only stands up as high as the collar. Note how the foot arch curves up off the surface.
12. 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.
13. HEEL JUMPMAN POSITION
Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma's have an embroided blue 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.
14. HEEL JUMPMAN
Air Jordan 11 Gamma'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.
15. TOE SHAPE
Air Jordan 11 Gamma's have a rounded shape to the toe box. Make sure there is a nice smooth transition from toe tip to forefoot, it should not be a boxy shape. The rubber outsole is transparent so check that you can see the black patent leather upper through the translucent toe tip.
Check the quality of all the stitching on the side of the Air Jordan 11 Gamma'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.
Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma's come with black tubular laces, check the quality of the weave, make sure it is tight, and even. Make sure the clear plastic lace tip is tighly sealed.
Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma's will have the words Jumpman Jordan neatly embroidered into a band on the tongue. Check that the Jumpman logo between the words is light blue and that the words are yellow. Check that the quality of the embroidery is tight and neat, pay attention to the proportion of the Jumpman's hands and shoe laces.
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 light blue.
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.
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.
Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma's will feature a yellow Jumpman logo printed on the sockliner. Check the proportions of the Jumpman and make sure the fingers and shoe laces are well defined (this example is slightly worn). If the shoes are new make sure the logo is not worn out.
If you look at the inside lining of the midfoot you will see a support strap joining the tongue to the upper, this gives added locked down support to your foot in sudden changes of direction.
24. SOLE PATTERN
Nike Jordan 11 Gamma's have a distinctive sole pattern with the Jumpman logo under the top rubber layer. 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 blue transparent soles usually discolor and become yellow-ish over time, even if the shoes are not worn.
25. SOLE CARBON
Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma's have a black and grey carbon fiber support shank under the outsole, look closely how the checkerboard carbon fiber pattern can be seen when it catches the light.
26. SOLE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma'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, for the Jordan 11 Gamma the Jumpman is black.
27. SHOE TREE
Nike Air Jordan 11 Gamma'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 light blue, check the quality of the plastic, there is slight sparkle to the material.
28. 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 (in this case 6.5-8), making sure the actual embossing is sharp and clear.