How to spot fake
Nike Air Jordan 13 Dirty Bred
in 21 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro's with this detailed 21 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 13 Retro's are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the Jumpman logo on the lid and 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. SIDE JUMPMAN
Air Jordan 13 Retro box's sometimes feature a Jumpman logo varnished onto the side. Make sure the quality of the varnishing is sharp and clear. Check that the Jumpman's fingers and shoe laces are well defined.
6. BOX FINGERPRINT
Air Jordan 13 Retro box's sometimes feature a fingerprint varnished onto the side. Make sure the quality of the varnishing is sharp and clear.
7. BOX DATE CODE
Most, not all, Nike retail boxes feature a date code stamped inside the box.
8. 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.
9. TOE SHAPE
Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro's have a very distinctive toe box shape, make sure there is no excess glue showing where the outsole is joined to the upper.
Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro's will have a hologram button on the ankle, which is inspired by the eye of a black panther. Inside the button is a 3D Jumpman figure as well as the number 23. Make sure the quality of the hologram is excellent, the level of detail will extend to tiny folds in the pants of the Jumpman.
11. SIDE STITCHING
Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro's have a quilted dot like pattern on the upper. Look closely at the small stitches inside each dot. Make sure the stitching is tight and even.
12. TONGUE MATERIAL
Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro's have a rigid tongue made up of two joined sections. Check the lower section has ventilation holes drilled evenly across the panel but stopping well short of the edges. Also take note of the length of the stitch line just below the lace loop.
13. TONGUE CONSTRUCTION
The tongue is a rigid molded curve and will stand upright without support, this is an opportunity to check the join between the outer leather and inner fabric. Check the join line, where you can see stitching on the lower half it must be tight and even and follow the edge of the panel perfectly. The top half of the tongue should not show any stitching.
14. TONGUE JUMPMAN
A Jumpman logo is located on the tongue of Jordan 13's. Check that the proportions of the Jumpman are correct and that the embroidery work is neat, tight and cleanly finished. Check that the fingers and shoe laces are well defined. The embroidery work will almost appear flush with the leather.
15. JORDAN EMBROIDERY
Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro's have a Jordan logo embroidered onto a tab just below the laces, check that the stitching is tight, and even. Check that the typeface is correct. Tip: The letter "A" will not have a crossbar and the "R" will not be closed.
16. 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.
17. LACE LOOPS
Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro's have lace loops on the underside of the upper. Check how they are joined to the upper, look specifically at the full length stitch line running below each lace loop. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced.
18. SOLE PATTERN
Air Jordan 13's have a distinctive sole pattern with multiple herringbone elements at the heel and forefoot that improve traction control in quick changes of direction. Make sure the sole is not worn if the shoes are new.
19. CARBON ARCH SUPPORT
Nike Air Jordan 13 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. The carbon fiber is not smooth, it has a definite texture to it. This is also an opportunity to have a close look at the texture of the outsole rubber.
20. JUMPMAN BUTTON
The soles of Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro's have a button with a Jumpman figure, look closely how the figure is printed onto the top of the button while under the button there is a fine hexagonal pattern that catches the light. Inside each hexagon is a dot. Check the proportions of the Jumpman, making sure the fingers and shoe laces are well defined.
21. BUTTON CONSTRUCTION
The button itself is a soft air filled plastic button that can be depressed.