How to spot fake
Nike Air Jordan 13 PRM
in 25 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro's with this detailed 25 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. SIDE STITCHING
The side panels of the upper will have a triple row of stitching, make sure the stitches are tight, neat and evenly spaced and follow the edge of the panel perfectly.
10. STITCHING CLOSE-UP
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.
11. JUMPMAN HOLOGRAM
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.
12. EMBROIDERED JORDAN
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.
13. EMBROIDERED XII
Behind the lace tab of Air Jordan 13 Retro Premiums you will find the Roman numerals XIII embroidered into the tab. Check that the stitching is tight and neat.
14. TONGUE CONSTRUCTION
The tongue is a rigid molded curve and will stand upright without support, check the length of tongue as well as the pattern of holes drilled into the lower half of the tongue, the holes will stop well short of the tongue edge.
15. 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.
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. SOCKLINER JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro's have a Jumpman logo printed onto the sockliner, check that the printing is solid with straight edges. Check the proportions of the Jumpman and that the fingers and laces are well defined.
19. INSOLE STITCHING
If you lift up the sockliner you will see the stitching joining the sole to the upper. Check that the stitching is tight and even. Often there is a positioning hole drilled into the heel of the sole fabric.
20. MIDSOLE FABRIC
Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro Premium's have a very unique midsole made of suede and rubber. Check that there is no excess glue showing along the join line.
21. REFLECTIVE MATERIAL
Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro Premium's also have a unique reflective upper, if you move the shoes around under bright light the shoe will reflect the light.
22. 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.
23. CARBON ARCH
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.
24. SOLE JUMPMAN
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.
25. BUTTON CONSTRUCTION
The button itself is a soft air filled plastic button that can be depressed.