Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 12 Retro's with this detailed 22 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 Air Jordan 12 Retro's are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the Jumpman logo on the lid. 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. 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.
6. SIDE STITCHING
Check the quality of the stitching on the instep and outstep sides, it should be neat and even and follow the panels perfectly. This is also an opportunity to check that the join between upper and outsole is straight with no excess glue.
Jordan 12's have a tongue made of what looks like 3 sections. The top section has a Jumpman and the middle section has TWO3, both embroidered into leather. Check the quality of the stitching, it should be neat, tight and even.
8. JUMPMAN TONGUE
Jordan 12's will have a Jumpman logo neatly embroidered into the tongue. Check 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.
9. LACE HOOKS
Air Jordan 12's feature metal lace hooks with Jumpman logos embossed into the metal. Check that the quality of the embossing has sharp edges and that the attachment of the lace hooks is neat with no damage to the shoe fabric where they meet.
10. TONGUE 23
The TWO3 in the tongue will have stitching between each letter. Make sure the stitch line between the T and the W is curved and not a straight line. Make sure the stitching quality is neat, tight and even with no loose ends.
11. TONGUE LENGTH
Air Jordan 12's have a tongue which is only just slightly longer than the ankle collar height. This is also an opportunity to check the curvature of the tongue, it should be a rigid curve.
Air Jordan 12's come with tubular, not flat, laces. Make sure they are good quality with no damage if the shoes are new.
13. INSOLE LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 12's will feature the Jumpman logo printed on the inner. Older models may feature the Nike logo. Check the proportions of the Jumpman's hands, feet and ball. If the shoes are new make sure the logo is not worn out.
14. JUMPMAN MIDSOLE
Nike Air Jordan 12's will have the word Jumpman embossed into the midsole. Check the quality of the embossing has sharp edges. Also check that the stitching around the panel is neat, even and tight.
15. HEEL 23
The heels will have the numerals 23 embossed into them. Check that the quality of the embossing is sharp and clear with straight edges.
16. HEEL LOGO
Some Air Jordan 12's will have an embroidered Jordan tab along the heel. Check that the embroidery is neat and tight and that the colours used are correct for the colourway.
17. HEEL STITCHING
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate. Check carefully that the stitching on the heel of the Nikes is tight, straight, evenly spaced and cleanly finished. Check the quality of the join between the upper and outsole, making sure no excessive glue marks show.
18. HEEL TAB
Nike Air Jordan 12's come with a Jumpman logo embroidered into a heel tab. Check the quality of the embroidery is tight and neat with no loose ends. Check the proportions of the figure's hands, feet and ball. Also make sure the colours used are correct for the colourway of the shoe.
19. SOLE PATTERN
Nike Jordan 12's have a distinctive sole pattern with carbon fiber under the outsole rubber. Make sure the sole is high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new.
20. CARBON FIBER
Look for the distinctive carbon fiber section under the sole arch. Check that the texture of the carbon fiber is visible and that it does not look like a painted on effect.
21. INSOLE STITCHING
Nike Air Jordan 12's have neatly stitched on soles. Check that the stitching is tight, evenly spaced and neat.
22. SOLE TOE LOGOS
Jordan 12's feature a Jumpman logo on the toe tips together with the 23 number. Make sure the debossing into the rubber is neat with sharp edges and that the colours used are correct for that shoe's colourway.