Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 3 Retro's with this detailed 14 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 3 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 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: Do a Google image search for "Nike"+"style number" to check the colourway.
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. INSOLE LOGO
New Jordan 3's will feature the Jumpman logo on the inner. Older models may feature the Nike logo. If there is a Jumpman logo check the proportions of the hands, feet and ball and that the fingers and laces are clearly defined.
7. JUMPMAN TAG
Some new Jordan 3 Retro's come with a clear swingtag with embossed Jumpman and AIR logos. Check that the quality and finish is excellent and the Jumpman logo is correctly proportioned. Make sure the fingers and laces of the Jumpman are defined.
8. JUMPMAN HEEL
New Jordan 3's feature an embossed Jumpman logo on the heel. Check the quality and finish of the logo, the edges will be sharp and neat. Check how well defined the Jumpman's fingers and shoe laces are.
9. AIR UNIT
Nike Jordan 3's have Air Unit technology. Make sure the air "bubble" is clear and of high quality. The support structure within the Air Unit should be clearly visible. Some discoloration over time can occur.
10. JUMPMAN TONGUE
A Jumpman logo is located on the upper of the tongue of Jordan 3's. Check that the proportions of the Jumpman are correct and that the embroidery work is neat and cleanly finished.
The tongue of new Jordan 3's is in two sections made of different fabrics. The top section has a Jumpman logo embroidered into it. Check that the top edges of the tongue has rounded corners. The length of the tongue is also important it should not stand up much higher than the collar. This is also an opportunity to check the quality of stitching around the lace holes as well as the flat, not tubular, laces.
12. SOLE PATTERN
Nike Jordan 3's have a distinctive sole pattern with the Jordan logo, always make sure they are high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new. The tiny stars around the toe area should follow the space they fit in and none of the stars will be cut off.
Sometimes Jordan 3's come with a mini instruction leaflet that defines the various components that make up a pair of Air Jordan 3's. Check that the print quality is sharp and clear and that there are no spelling mistakes.
14. 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