Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws with this detailed 35 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.
Check the details of the original receipt including date, store address and amount paid. There should also be a 9 digit style number as well as a barcode number.
3. RETAIL BOX
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws are boxed in an unusual shoe box featuring the Kaws and Nike Air logo on the lid with the Jumpman and Nike Air logos on the side. There will be Kaws' Companion gloves varnished all over the box. Check the box carefully for any errors in brand logos, alignment, spelling and overall finish quality. Make sure the ink is not cracking or flaking off anywhere, especially along the folds in the box. 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. LID LOGO
On the lid is a large XX Kaws logo. Make sure the varnished logo is sharp and solid, make sure the typeface used for the Air logo is correct. Take note of the Mickey Mouse style gloves varnished all over the box. Tip 1: The Mickey Mouse character invented by the artist Kaws is called "Companion". Tip 2: The XX does not actually represent anything in particular, the artist Brian Donnelly (Kaws) admits the letters simply look good together.
6. LID GLOVES
Take note of the scratchy nature of the varnished Companion gloves, make sure you can see all the fine detail in the sketchy lines. Check that the gloves do not run over the XX logo.
7. JUMPMAN LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws retail boxes have a red Jumpman Air logo printed and varnished onto the lid 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. Also check the typeface of the Air logo is correct, note how sharp the tip of the A is.
8. WRAPPING LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws are wrapped in black paper that has a grey XX Air logo printed on it. Check that the print is solid with crisp edges.
If you fold the black wrapping back you will see that there is a second layer of white wrapping paper to give added protection to the shoes.
10. KAWS CARD TOP
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws will come with a welcome card explaining the Nike and Kaws collaboration. The card is made from a thick black cardboard, the top has a pattern of "Companion" (Mickey Mouse) gloves varnished onto it, make sure the varnishing is sharp and clear. Make sure the thick card stays flat and rigid.
11. KAWS CARD BACK
The back of the Nike and Kaws welcome card has the story of their collaboration written out in white silkscreened ink. Make sure the typeface used is correct, make sure the printing is sharp and clear. Tip: Do you know Kaws' real name, it's Brian Donnelly.
12. DUST BAG
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws will come with a black dust bag for protecting the shoes when packed away. The dust bag will have the Kaws XX Air logo on one side and the "Companion" (Mickey Mouse) gloves varnished all over the back. Take note of the draw string, make sure the tip of the string have steel cap ends.
13. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws have a distinctive side profile, the toe will have a gradual curve upwards while the heel sits completely flat on the surface. Make sure the very end of the heel has a slight upturn. Check that the tongue is much higher than the collar.
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 perfectly. Tip: check the join between the upper and outsole does not have any excess glue showing.
15. HEEL LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws have a Kaws XX Air logo embossed onto the heel. Note how the logos have a thick curved top to them. The logos are actually printed in dark grey ink on top of the grey suede upper.
16. SWING TAG JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws come with a large square grey suede swing tag. The font side of the tag will have an embossed Jumpman logo that is also printed in black ink. Make sure the tag is attached to the shoes with a black ball chain.
17. SWING TAG KAWS
The back of the hang tag will have a Kaws XX Air logo embossed and printed in grey.
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws have a premium upper made from grey suede that is smooth and heathered in places. Take note of the stitching, makes sure it is tight and neat and follows the edges of each panel perfectly. Also look closely at the fur patch, make sure the fur has a light soft texture.
Brian Donnelly's "Companion" (Mickey Mouse) gloves are stitched into the upper in very fine detail, make sure the stitches are flush with the suede surface and not sticking up.
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws come with high quality flat woven laces, the tips of the laces will be sealed in tight plastic. The tips will also have a Kaws XX logo printed in black under the plastic.
21. STRAP STITCHING
If you fold the support wings back you will see the neat stitching along the edge, make sure it is tight and even. Make sure the eyelet holes cut out of the suede are cleanly cut with no rough edges.
22. TONGUE LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws have a Jumpman logo embossed onto a tongue patch. Make sure the logo is very pronounced, make sure the Jumpman is printed in grey ink as well as just being embossed.
23. TONGUE JORDAN
Behind the tongue is an upside down Air Jordan logo embossed into a soft leather patch. Check that the typeface used is correct.
24. TONGUE STRAP
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws have an elasticated strap to hold the tongue down and give you that locked down feel. Make sure the elasticated strap is grey and matches the upper grey.
25. 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.
Take note of how cleanly the eyelets are cut out of the suede, there should be no rough edges.
Check that the round eyelet holes are also perfectly cut out of the soft inner lining.
28. SOCKLINER LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws have a Kaws X logo and Jumpman logo printed in white on the sockliner. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp and not rubbing off if the shoes are new. There will also be a pattern of "Companion" (Mickey Mouse) gloves all over the sockliners.
29. INSOLE STITCHING
If you lift the sockliner up you will see the insole stitching joining the insole to the upper. Make sure the stitching is neat and evenly spaced. Make sure there is a positioning hole drilled into the center of the heel.
Nike Air Jordan 4 Kaws have a soft foam sockliner for added impact protection, make sure the blue foam has a tiny bubble like structure.
31. AIR UNIT
Nike Jordan 4 Kaws have Air Unit technology. Make sure the air "bubble" is clear and of high quality. Make sure the suede stops on the edge of the midsole and does not run onto the inner sides of the window. Make sure the inner edge of the window is grey rubber.
The midsole will have a section that curves up very high up the side of the midfoot, just in front of the air unit. If you look at it from the front of the shoe you will see that this section has a concave surface.
Nike Jordan 4 Kaws have a distinctive translucent sole with the Jumpman logo molded into the midfoot and Kaws "Companion" (Mickey Mouse) gloves printed under the outsole. Always make sure they are high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new.
34. GLOW SOLE
The outsole of Nike Jordan 4 Kaws will glow brightly in the dark, the Companion gloves will be hard to make out under the tread pattern but easy to see under the flat midfoot region.
35. SOLE JUMPMAN
Air Jordan 4 Kaws feature a Jumpman logo on the sole. Check that the embossing has clean straight edges, also note how evenly the embossed Jumpman fits within the debossed sole.