How to spot fake
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam
in 35 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam'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 Jordan 11 Space Jam's are boxed in a strong shoe box which has a sleeve around it. The sleeve (of the 2016 release) will have a 23/45 logo on the lid and Jordan Jumpman logo varnished onto the side. 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 Space Jam's has a purple reinforced plastic ring to help with gripping the tray when opening. Make sure the plastic ring sits firmly in the hole.
6. BOX SLEEVE
Air Jordan 11 Space Jam's from 2016 will come with a sleeve around the box. Remove the sleeve and check the construction of the cardboard, make sure the inside has a double layer for support and structural strength. The sleeve will stand open and upright without collapsing.
7. BOX SLEEVE LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam's will have a sleeve around the retail box with a 23/45 logo printed on the top. Make sure the printing is sharp and clear. Check that the 45 is varnished, it will shine as light catches it form the right angles. Make sure the varnish is solid and sharp.
8. BOX SIDE LOGO
The sleeve will have a Jordan Jumpman logo varnished onto the side, make sure the varnishing is solid and sharp, note how the varnish looks almost embossed.
9. BOX LID JUMPMAN
When you remove the sleeve check that the corner of the retail box has a Jumpman logo varnished onto it. 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.
10. BOX LID 45
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam's come in a retail box full of detail, one thing to look out for is the 45 logo varnished onto the lid, make sure the varnished number is sharp with clean edges.
11. BOX BUGS BUNNY
Nike Air Jordan Space Jam's were featured in the 1996 movie Space Jam, which featured Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. On the back of the retail box is a Looney Toons logo with trademark symbols. Check the print quality carefully, Bugs Bunny has a light pink nose and tongue and his ears will be a peach colour. Not easy to see but look closely and you will see the half tone pattern (the tiny dots) of the lithographic printing technique, especially evident in Bugs Bunny's grey fur.
12. BOX LID INSIDE
There is a galaxy print on the inside of the box lid, it will appear to shine due to the sliver ink printed behind the blue.
13. BOX INSIDE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam's will have a metallic purple Jumpman logo debossed into the inside of the retail box, on the bottom. Make sure the Jumpman is sharp and clear, make sure the Jumpman shines purple when light catches it at the right angles. Check that the proportions of the Jumpman are correct and that the Jumpman's fingers and shoe laces are well defined.
14. BOX INNER
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam's come with a unique plastic inner, not like other Air Jordan 11's. The plastic inner will have XI in a checkerboard pattern printed onto it. Make sure the squares of the checkerboard pattern have slightly rounded corners. This pattern mimics the carbon fiber pattern of the outsole support.
15. PAPER WRAPPING
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam's are wrapped in black paper that has a white 45 logo printed on it. Check that the print is solid with crisp edges.
16. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam'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.
17. 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.
18. HEEL JUMPMAN POSITION
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam'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 45.
19. HEEL JUMPMAN
Air Jordan 11 Space Jam'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.
20. HEEL 45
Air Jordan 11 Space Jam's come with a 45 logo embroidered into the heel. Check the quality of the embroidery, note how the stitching turns at the corners of the numbers. Tip: Do you know why the Space Jam's have a 45 on them and not the usual 23 that Michael Jordan wore during his career? In the 1994-1995 NBA season Michael Jordan introduced the Space Jams when he came out of retirement, and the number he wore then was 45.
21. TOE SHAPE
Air Jordan 11 Space Jam'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.
22. SIDE STITCHING
Check the quality of all the stitching on the side of the Air Jordan 11 Space Jam'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 Space Jam's come with black tubular laces, check the quality of the weave, make sure it is tight, and even. Make sure the plastic lace tip is tightly sealed.
24. TONGUE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam's will have the words Jumpman Jordan neatly embroidered into a band on the tongue. Check that the Jumpman logo between the words is concord (blue) and that the words are white. Check that the quality of the embroidery is tight and neat, pay attention to the proportion of the Jumpman's hands and shoe laces.
25. 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. Make sure the label is slightly puffed up and not sitting flat on the fabric. Tip: Check that the colour of the Jumpman figure is concord (blue).
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 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. Tip: There might also be a date code printed onto the insole.
28. SOCKLINER LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam's will have a white Nike Air logo printed on the sockliner. Make sure the typeface is correct, the E should join the Swoosh. If the shoes are new make sure the logo is not worn out.
29. 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 in this case 7.5-8.5.
30. INSIDE LINING
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.
31. SOLE PATTERN
Nike Jordan 11 Space Jam'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.
32. SOLE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam'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 Space Jam the Jumpman is white.
33. SOLE CARBON
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam'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.
34. SHOE TREE
Nike Air Jordan 11 Space Jam's come with plastic molded shoe trees to keep the shoe in shape when not being worn. Check that the colour of the tree is purple, check the quality of the plastic, there is slight sparkle to the material.
35. 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.