Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 9 Retro's with this detailed 13 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 9 Retro's are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the Jumpman 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. BOX FINGERPRINT
Air Jordan 9 Retro box's sometimes feature a fingerprint varnished onto the side. Make sure the quality of the varnishing is sharp and clear.
6. SIDE JUMPMAN
Air Jordan 9 Retro Box's sometimes feature a Jumpman logo varnished onto the side. Make sure the quality of the varnishing is sharp and clear. Check that the Jumpman's fingers and shoe laces are well defined.
7. 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.
8. 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
9. HEEL LOGO
New Nike Jordan 9's feature a 23 Logo embroidered into the heel. Check that the embroidery is neat and well finished and that the stitching from the 2 does not have a stitch line joining to the 3.
10. LACE DETAIL
Jordan 9's come with high quality tubular laces. Check that the stitching around the lace loops is neat and even. Make sure the stitching follows the edge of each panel perfectly.
Check that the quality of the embroidered Air Jordan logo on the tongue is tight. Check how the stitching around the last plastic lace loop becomes a double row from a single row.
12. SOLE PATTERN
Sole patterns and styles vary, always make sure they are high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new. New Nike Jordan 9's feature a large Jumpman logo on the heel. Make sure that the left and right Jumpman logos are mirrored but make sure the writing on the upper portion of each sole is not mirrored.
13. SOLE JUMPMAN
The Jumpman on the sole is debossed into the plastic. There is no finger or lace detail on this Jumpman.