How to spot fake
Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro
in 15 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro's with this detailed 15 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 4 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. SIDE PANEL
Check the quality of the stitching on the side panel, it should be neat, tight and even and follow the panels perfectly.
6. JUMPMAN TAG
Some new Jordan 4 Retro's come with a clear tag with embossed Jumpman and AIR logos. Check that the quality and finish is excellent and the Jumpman logo is correctly proportioned. The fingers and laces of the Jumpman should be 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. JUMPMAN HEEL
New Jordan 4's feature an embossed Jumpman logo on the heel. Check that the embossing has sharp straight edges. Make sure that the fingers and shoe laces of the Jumpman are not defined, they are noexistent.
9. AIR UNIT
Nike Jordan 4'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.
The tongue of new Jordan 4's is in two parts. The lower section has mesh. The top section has a Jumpman label stitched to it. Check that the top edges of the tongue has rounded corners and that the tongue is clearly much longer than the actual height of the shoe collar. The join between the top and bottom sections should not show any stitching, and the join between the inside and outside fabric should be perfectly straight and neat.
11. TONGUE LOGO
A Jumpman Flight logo appears on the front of the tongue. Check that the embroidery of the label is neat and tight and that the Jumpman's proportions are correct. The fingers and laces of the Jumpman should be clearly defined.
12. TONGUE INSIDE
An upside down Air Jordan logo is located on the reverse side of the tongues. Check that the stitching around this label is neat and even. Check that the embroidery work of the label itself is tight and neat. Also note that the tongue inner is made of a different material to the outside of the tongue.
13. INSOLE LOGO
New Jordan 4'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.
14. SOLE PATTERN
Nike Jordan 4's have a distinctive sole pattern with the Jumpman logo, always make sure they are high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new.
15. SOLE LOGO
Air Jordan 4's 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.