How to spot fake
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cement
in 30 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements with this detailed 30 point step-by-step guide.
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 3 Cements 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. LID JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements retail boxes have a Jumpman logo on 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. Make sure the Air typeface is correct, note how sharp the tip of the A is.
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements will come with elephant print wrapping paper to protect the shoes. Make sure the print is solid and sharp. Make sure the size/scale of the pattern is the same as on the retail box.
7. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Make sure the elephant print on the box wraps over the top edge of the box slightly and comes over onto the inside of the box. Note how the inside of the box is solid read. If you shine light behind the lid you will notice that the Jumpman logo on the top of the lid can be seen from inside the box as well. Check that the top edges of the shorter side of the box are thicker than the long sides, you will also see that the top edge is squared off as opposed to being rounded.
8. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements have a distinctive side profile, note how the forefoot curves up gradually. Make sure the heel has a short sharp upward slant. Check that the tongue sticks up slightly higher than the collar.
9. SWING TAG
New Air Jordan 3 Cements come with a clear tag with embossed Jumpman and AIR logos. Check that the quality and finish is excellent and the Jumpman logo is correctly proportioned. Check that the tag comes with a silver ball chain attaching it to the shoe. Make sure the corners or the red printed panel are slightly rounded.
10. SWING TAG BACK
If you turn the swing tag over you will see that the red colour is actually a red molded plastic panel glued to the back of a clear tag. Make sure the logo cut out of the red panel has slightly rounded edges, especially noticeable along the tail of the Swoosh logo.
11. 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.
12. HEEL LOGO
New Jordan 3 Cements feature an embossed Nike Air logo on the heel. Check the quality and finish of the logo, the edges will be sharp and neat. Make sure that the typeface used is correct, the top and bottom of the I will be rounded. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the stitching along the edge of the elephant print mud guard, make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced.
13. SIDE STITCHING
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate. Check that the side panels of Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements have stitching that is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Check that there is a thin single stitch line just above the top edge of the elephant print mudguard, it's hard to see but it is there. Make sure the double stitchline holding the plastic eyelets in place has a closed off stitch at either end.
14. ELEPHANT PATTERN
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements come with an elephant print toe and heel mudguard. Check that the elephant print is etched into the upper fabric and not just printed on top of it. Make sure each grey spot is slightly smaller than the etched spot, in other words each grey spot will have a black edge to it.
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements will come with flat woven laces. At the base of the tongue there will be reinforced plastic lace stays to give strength and support to the eyelets. Make sure these plastic eyelets sit flush with the black leather upper.
The midfoot of the Air Jordan 3 Cements will have heavy duty plastic eyelets. Check that the eyelets have a slight curved shape to them, to follow the shape of your foot. The plastic will have a rough texture.
17. EYELETS TOP
The last two lace holes on Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements have a plastic inner, check that the stitching around these lace holes is tight, neat and follows the figure 8 shape of the inner.
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements come with soft padded lining around the ankle collar, take note of how the stitchline runs along the edge of the padded collar and then onto the inside of the upper.
19. TONGUE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements have an embroidered Jumpman on the tongue. Check that the stitching is tight and neat, make sure that the fingers and shoe laces of the Jumpman are well defined. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look at the tongue leather texture, make sure the texture is made up of tiny randomly placed round dots all up against each other
20. TONGUE CONSTRUCTION
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements have a thick padded tongue, check that the tongue is naturally curved and made of two different materials. The join between the two materials should be neat and straight with no visible stitch line.
21. TONGUE STRAP
The Air Jordan 3 Retro has a tongue that is held in place with an elasticated strap. The elasticated strap provides the padded tongue with strong support, to improve performance and stability. Make sure you can see two tiny triangular positioning marks cut out of the tongue material, there will be one on each side of the strap.
22. 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. Make sure the barcode number matches the barcode number on the box label.
23. SOCKLINER LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements have a Nike Air logo printed on the sockliner. Check that the printing is solid with clean edges and that it is not worn out if the sneakers are new. Check that the typeface used is correct, note how the E is joined to the Swoosh. If the shoes are new make sure this logo is not worn out. Jordan 3 Cements will have a soft fabric sockliner, make sure you can see the tiny loops in the weave pattern.
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 size hand written onto the insole.
Nike Air Jordan 3s have a distinctive toebox shape, make sure the toe mudguard and upper have a smooth curved transition to the top of the toebox. Check that the heavy stitching joining the rubber midsole to the upper is tight and evenly spaced.
26. AIR UNIT
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements have Air Unit technology for lightweight cushioning and maximum impact protection. Make sure the air "bubble" is clear with no paint marks. The support structure within the Air Unit should be clearly visible. This is a good opportunity to have a close up look as the fine texture of the rubber midsole, note how it has tiny pin hole bubbles in it and is not perfectly smooth.
27. SHOE TREE
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements come with cardboard molded shoe trees to keep the shoe in shape when not being worn. These shoe trees will have a Jumpman logo, several recycle logos and a size indication embossed into them. Make sure the size matches the shoe size, in this case 10,5-12.
Nike Air Jordan 3 Cements have a distinctive outsole pattern with pivot point at the forefoot for added traction through tight turns. If the sneakers are new make sure the sole is not worn out.
29. SOLE LOGO
Air Jordan 3 Cements have a Nike logo embossed into the sole. Make sure the typeface is correct. Make sure the logo has sharp well defined edges. Make sure the K and E are joined. Note how the red paint on the logo wraps round the sides of the logo slightly. This is also an opportunity to have a close look at the fine star like sole texture that provides added grip.
30. SOLE STARS
Check that the stars at the toe section follow the shape they are within and none of the stars are cut off or overlap. Make sure the pattern is high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new. Note how the stars form a point in the center that is higher up than the rest of the star.