How to spot fake
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfield
in 33 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields with this detailed 33 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 3 Tinker Hatfields are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the Jumpman logo on the side and Tinker Hatfield signature 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. LID JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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.
6. LID TINKER
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields will have a Tinker Hatfield signature logo printed onto the lid of the retail box. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp. The logo is varnished so light will reflect and shine off it.
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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.
8. 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. 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.
9. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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.
10. SWING TAG
New Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields come with a clear tag with embossed Jumpman and Tinker Hatfield signature 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.
11. 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 edge of the Jumpman logo.
12. 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.
13. HEEL LOGO
New Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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.
14. SIDE SWOOSH
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate. Check that the side panels of Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields have stitching that is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Check that there is a white 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 stitching around the edge of the Swoosh follows the edge perfectly, the point of the Swoosh will be slightly rounded.
15. ELEPHANT PATTERN
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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. Take note of how the spots are actually dark grey while the veins between each spot are solid black. Make sure each dark grey spot is slightly smaller than the etched spot, in other words each dark grey spot will have a black edge to it.
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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. Make sure the lace tips are sealed in clear plastic caps.
The midfoot of the Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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 also have a rough texture.
18. EYELETS TOP
The last two lace holes on Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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 Tinker Hatfields 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.
20. NIKE COLLAR
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields will have a Nike logo embroided into the collar, make sure the typeface is correct, the K and E will be joined. Make sure that the stitching is very tight and evenly spaced. Note how the logo is flush with the surface of the leather, it is almost cut into the leather.
21. TONGUE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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.
22. TONGUE SIGNATURE
On the back of the tongue is an embroided Tinker Hatfield signature logo. Make sure the stitching is tight and neat. Have a close look at the texture of the tongue lining, it is quite fur like.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. SOCKLINER LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields have a Tinker Hatfield signature logo and Air Jordan 3 shoe illustration printed on the sockliner. Check that the printing of the signature is solid with clean edges and that it is not worn out if the sneakers are new. The Air Jordan shoe illustration will be a pale grey colour.
26. INSOLE STITCHING
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 will be a size printed under the insole mesh so it will be in reverse, in this case a 9, can you see it.
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields have a foam core sockliner with woven top layer. The foam will have a fine buddle structure with black dots inside.
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.
29. AIR UNIT
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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, it has a rough paint brush like surface and is not perfectly smooth.
30. SHOE TREE
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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 8,5-10.
Nike Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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.
32. SOLE LOGO
Air Jordan 3 Tinker Hatfields 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.
33. 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.