Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 8 Retro's with this detailed 27 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 8 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. JUMPMAN LID
On the top of the box there should be a gold Jumpman logo. This gold Jumpman is printed using a technique that results in the Jumpman appearing reflective and debossed into the cardboard. Make sure the gold print is clear and not rubbing off, make sure that the edges of the logo are sharp and that the fingers, laces and ball of the Jumpman figure are well defined.
6. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Nike Air Jordan 8's come in a sturdy retail box, make sure the lid and side panels double over back into the box to create structural strength. Note how the top of this fold is square as opposed to being rounded. Check that the lid section that folds back into the box is attached with two small glued down tabs. Also note how the side walls, when viewed from the inside of the box, have a locking system that does not require any gluing. The folded over side panels have tabs that stick right through holes cut into the sides.
7. DATE CODE
Most, not all, Nike retail boxes feature a date code stamped inside the box.
Nike Air Jordan 8's come with paper wrapping which has a repeated number 23 printed all over it. Make sure the printing quality is good, with crisp edges.
9. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Jordan 8's have a distinctive side profile, the toe box will curve up slightly while the heel stays flat to maximize surface grip. Make sure the foot arch lifts off the surface. Check that the tongue stands up higher than the collar.
10. 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. Make sure the horizontal ribs in the suede are clear and a uniform depth. Check that the Velcro for the double straps follows the shape of the ribs perfectly. Tip: check the join between the upper and outsole is an even straight line and does not have any excess glue showing.
11. HEEL PULL TAB
Nike Air Jordan 8's have a tab at the heel for easy pull on. Check that the weave of the tab is tight and even. Check that the colour of the tab is correct for the colourway.
12. STRAP LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 8's have a unique double cross strap support system, look for the Air Jordan logo embossed into the suede. Make sure the typeface used is correct, make sure the embossing is neat and sharp and that the letters have a rounded profile. Check that the stitching follows the edge of the strap perfectly and that the stitches are tight, neat and evenly spaced.
Nike Air Jordan 8's will have a 23 logo embossed into the support strap over the laces. Make sure the typeface used is correct, make sure the embossing is neat and sharp and that the numbers have a rounded profile. Check that the stitching follows the edge of the strap perfectly and that the stitches are tight, neat and evenly spaced.
14. STRAP STITCHING
Take note of the stitching where the support straps double over. Make sure all stitching is tight, neat, evenly spaced without any loose ends. Check the rectangular pattern of the stitching at the end of the strap, make sure the stitching sticks out slightly beyond the each corner.
15. STRAP LINING
The back of the support straps are leather and not the same texture as the top suede surface. Check that the stitching follows the edge of the strap perfectly and that the stitches are tight, neat and evenly spaced.
16. SIDE STITCHING
Nike Air Jordan 8's come with plenty stitching detail. The side panels of the upper are a perfect opportunity to check the quality. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. The Nubuck upper has tiny ventilation holes for breathability, make sure the holes are evenly spaced and run parallel to the base of the triangular hole cut into the support strap.
17. STRAP VELCRO
Make sure the Velcro for the supports straps is not lifting. Take note that there is no stitching holding the Velcro down. This is also a good opportunity to have a close look at the stitching around the ventilation panels cut out of the upper, make sure the stitching is tight, neat, evenly spaced and follows the curve of the cut out perfectly.
18. TONGUE LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 8's have a very distinctive woven logo on the tongue. Make sure the colours of the three sections of the woolen looking logo are correct for the colourway of the shoe. Make sure the embroidery of the Jumpman logo is tight and neat. Check that you can see the detail of the Jumpman's fingers and shoe laces.
Nike Air Jordan 8's come with high quality flat woven laces. Make sure the lace tips are tightly sealed with a clear plastic cap. Make sure the weave is tight and even.
20. INNER BOOTIE
Nike Air Jordan 8's have a full wrap around inner bootie for superior support and comfort. Check that there is no stitch line showing along the join between the outside and inside lining of the bootie, also make sure this join is neat and straight.
21. BOOTIE JOIN
If you roll the bootie over and look at it form the outer side you will see a unique tape and stitching construction for maximum strength and lock down hold. Make sure all stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Make sure the stitching follows the edge of the tape perfectly.
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.
Nike Air Jordan 8's have an unusual cardboard looking insole. If you lift the sockliner up you will see how the insole has no stitching joining it to the upper. Take note of the stripes under the rubber sockliner
Nike Air Jordan 8's have a distinctive sole pattern with multidirectional pattern for improved traction control in quick changes of direction and a carbon torsion plate for superior support along the foot arch. Make sure the sole is not worn if the shoes are new.
25. SOLE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 8's have a Jumpman logo embossed into the sole, check that the colour of the Jumpman is correct, check that the edges of the figure are neat and straight. This Jumpman does not have distinguishable fingers or shoe laces. Tip: Take this opportunity to have a close look at the fine texture in the rubber outsole which provides added surface grip.
26. SOLE DETAIL
If you look closely at the paint in the torsion plate you will notice how the different colours are separate layers, note how the colours run over one another. Take this opportunity to have a close look at the join between the rubber outsole and smooth carbon plate, make sure there are no excess glue marks showing.
27. HEEL PANEL
Nike Air Jordan 8's will have a carbon support plate above the midsole at the heel. Check the detail of the colour accents printed onto this smooth carbon plate. Note how the colours overlap and you can see how each colour is a separate layer. Also check that the stitching along the edge of the panel is tight, neat and evenly spaced.