How to spot fake
Nike Air Jordan 5 Black Metallic
in 30 steps
Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro Black Metallic's with this detailed 30 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 5'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 Air Jordan 5 Retro retail boxes feature a label on one side detailing barcode, style name, size, color 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 JORDAN
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro Black Metallic's will have the Jumpman word printed onto the side of the lid. The printing will be silver letters. Make sure the letters are embossed and have sharp straight edges and that the printing is not rubbing off. Note how each individual letter is in a round debossed cirlce.
6. LID JUMPMAN
On the top of the box there should be a silver Jumpman logo. This Jumpman is printed using a technique that results in the Jumpman appearing reflective and debossed into the cardboard. Make sure the silver 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.
7. BOX BACK
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro Black Metallic's have diagonal ribs debossed all across the bottom of the box. Look for the slits cut into the side of the box that accommodate the interlocking side panels.
8. DATE CODE
Most, not all, Nike retail boxes feature a date code stamped inside the box.
9. BOX CONSTRUCTION
Nike Air Jordan 5'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 has two small tabs on either side that hook back into the box lid. Also note how the side walls, when viewed from the inside of the box, have a locking system that does not require any gluing.
10. SIDE PROFILE
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro's have a distinctive side profile, note the length of the tongue. Make sure the tob box cuves up while the heel sits flat on the surface.
11. 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.
12. HEEL JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro's come with a Jumpman logo embroidered into the heel. Check the quality and that the Jumpman logo is correctly proportioned. Pay special attention to the fingers and shoe laces of the Jumpman figure.
13. HEEL 23
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro Black Metallic's feature a 23 embroidered into the side of the heel, make sure the stitching is tight and neat with no loose ends. Make sure the 2 and the 3 are not joined.
14. STITCHING DETAIL
Check the quality of the stitching on the side of the sneakers, the stitching around all the panels should be tight, neat and evenly spaced. Make sure the stitching follows the shape of each panel perfectly.
15. SIDE AIR VENT
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro Black Metallic's have a translucent side panel with ventilation holes for comfort. Under the clear panel is a fine breathable fabric. Check that the stitching around the vent panel is tight and even.
16. LACE STITCHING
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro's have suede upper for a premium look and feel, check the stitch pattern around the base of the laces. Take note of how the double stitch line becomes a single line as it goes around the plastic lace holes. Check the double stitch line below the tongue, how the stitching ends off rather than running under the lace hole panel.
17. LACE TOGGLE
Air Jordan 5's will feature a clear plastic lace lock. On that clear plastic lace lock is an embossed Jumpman logo. Check the quality of embossing and make sure the edges are sharp and clear.
18. TOGGLE CLOSEUP
The lace lock toggle has a small spring loaded locking device. Tip: look up the style number on Google and check that the colourway of the toggle is correct.
19. LACE HOLES
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro's have a multiple choice lace hole setup, check that the stitching around the lace holes is tight, neat and evenly spaced. The holes in the plastic panels are slightly rounded squares while the holes through the leather are round.
20. TONGUE CONSTRUCTION
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro's have a rigid heavily padded tongue for fit and comfort. The bottom section of the tongue has a ventilated plastic panel, check that the stitching around the panel is tight and evenly spaced.
21. TONGUE LOGO
A Jumpman logo is located on the padded upper section of the tongue. Check that the proportions of the Jumpman are correct and that the embroidery is neat and cleanly finished. The colour of this Jumpman is important, make sure it matches the style number colourway. Check that the fingers and laces of the Jumpman are clearly defined.
22. TONGUE INSIDE
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro Black Metallic's have an Air Jordan logo on the inside of the tongue. Check that the typeface is correct and that the embroidery work is neat and even.
23. INSIDE LACE HOLES
Check that the back of the lace holes have a stitch pattern like the top side. Check that the stitching itself is tight, neat and evenly spaced.
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.
25. SOCKLINER LOGO
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro's have a Jumpman logo printed onto the sockliner, check that the printing is solid with straight edges. Check the proportions of the Jumpman and that the fingers and laces are well defined.
26. INSOLE STITCHING
If you lift up the sockliner you can see the stitching joining the upper to the sole, make sure the stitching is neat. Look for the positioning hole drilled into the center of the heel.
27. AIR UNIT
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro's feature a Nike Air-Sole air unit in the midsole for added performance and comfort, make sure there is no excess glue or paint on the window.
28. SOLE PATTERN
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro's feature a herringbone sole pattern for improved traction. Make sure the sole is not worn out if the sneakers are new. Sometimes with older shoes the translucent outsole can discolor, even if the shoes have not been worn.
29. SOLE JORDAN
The sole of Air Jordan 5 Retro's will feature a Jordan logo debossed into the rubber. Check that the edges of the letters are sharp and straight.
30. SOLE JUMPMAN
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro's sometimes have a Jumpman that can been seen through a translucent outsole, check that the Jumpman is the correct colour for the colourway.