How to spot fake
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesame
in 36 steps
Learn how to spot fake Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames with this detailed 36 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 6 digit style number as well as a barcode number.
3. RETAIL BOX
Adidas Yeezy V2 sneakers come in a sturdy, unprinted retail box, featuring a large 350 and Boost logo on the top and side. There should be no cracking or flaking of the material along the edges or folds of the box. Remember real shoe boxes can accompany fake shoes.
4. BOX LABEL
Adidas shoe boxes feature a label on the one side detailing style name, size, color, country of manufacture and a style & PO number. Check all of these details carefully. Tip 1: Check that the style (ART) and PO (#) numbers match those found on the label inside the shoe. Tip 2: scan the barcode (even a photo of one) with a barcode scanner app, the exact product including size should be correct.
5. BOX LOGOS
On the side of the retail box is a Yeezy Boost 350, Adidas and Trefoil logo as well as the words Made by Adidas, Adidas.com/Kanye. Check the quality of the printing, make sure the logos are solid with clean sharp edges. Also make sure the typefaces used are correct, pay specific attention to the diagonal bar through the 0 in 350. Make sure the logos are center aligned within the side panel.
6. THUMB HOLE
The slide out tray will have a thumb hole that is cut out along the side and perforated across the top edge. Note how the sides of the cut out are curved and not a straight line, take note of the number of perforated cuts along the top edge.
7. BOX CONSTRUCTION
The retail box will have well constructed supportive side walls to keep the box rigid and to improve protection. Check the structure of the folds, make sure that the top edges are square. The short sides of the box will be much thicker than the long sides. Check inside the box, take note of the large finger hole on the short side of the box, it will have a perforated fold to allow your finger in to pull the box open. Tip: The inner of the box is locked into the outer with small tabs, so the two halves are not easy to separate.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2's have wrapping inside the box to protect the shoes. The wrapping is a dark cream colour and the paper itself is thick and rigid. Tip: There are two layers of wrapping, not just one.
9. SIDE PROFILE
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2's have a distinctive side profile, take note of how the toebox lifts up off the surface while the heel remains relatively flat on the floor. Make sure the fabric curves inwards significantly at the Achilles heel. Check that the tongue stands up much higher than the back of the heel.
10. HEEL PROFILE
Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames have a very distinctive bulging outsole shape which is clearer when you look at the heel. Make sure the bulge is wider lower down than at the top, creating an almost pear like shape as opposed to a sphere. Also note how the vertical ribs on the outsole have rounded ends before they reach the top of the rubber. Look for the two horizontal join lines near the bottom of the outsole, the Boost V2's have a very different outsole construction to the original V1's. The vertical ribs will appear to cross over each other along this join line.
11. MIDSOLE PROFILE
If you look at the midsole at a slight angle you will clearly see the join between the two halves of the midsole wall and outsole. Make sure the vertical ribs have rounded edges along this join as opposed to being cut off. Take note of how the midsole has a concave section all the way along the instep side, this improves support and comfort for your foot arch.
12. TOE PROFILE
If you look at the shoe from the front you will notice the very pronounced pear shape bulge of the outsole. Also check that the stitch line that starts under the toe cap (and runs under the laces) is at a slight angle as opposed to a straight vertical line.
13. HEEL STITCHING
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate, the heel area of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames is a good place to check that stitch quality. Make sure the vertical stitching along the join in the upper is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Also make sure there is no excess glue showing along the join between the outsole rubber and the knitted upper.
14. HEEL TAB
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames come with a heavy duty pull tab on the heel. Check the quality of the weave, there should be no loose ends. Take note of the single thicker Sesame stitch line that runs horizontally through the center of the pull tab, make sure it is wider that the rest of the stitching, it is difficult to see but it is there. You should also see a box shaped stitch pattern detail in the center of the pull tab, this holds the pull tab in shape.
15. HEEL TAB BACK
If you roll the pull tab over you will see how the tab has been closed off at the back with a small line of stitching. This helps create the pull tab's rigid structure. If you look at the front of the pull tab you can see this stitching on both sides.
16. SWING TAGS
New Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames will come with various types of swing tags depending on region. There is usually one swing tag that explains how the colour of the fabric might change. Some countries might have different languages on them. The second swing tag is often a standard Adidas product swing tag. Some regions might include an RF tag, some might include a size chart. Check that the information detailed on the product tag matches the box sticker as well as the information found on the label inside the shoe. Check that the print quality is solid with sharp edges. Make sure the typeface is correct. Tip 1: Check the PO# and Art number specifically.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames come with high quality tubular woven laces. Make sure the weave is tight and even, make sure the lace tips are sealed with a clear cap and no loose ends show.
The lace holes in the knitted upper are barely visible, there are no eyelets. Make sure the colour of the laces and the knitted upper are almost identical.
19. TONGUE STITCHING
Make sure the high quality stitching along the edge of the tongue is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Make sure the width of the hem is even and that the stitch line follows the edge of the hem perfectly. Take note of the fine weave texture of the hem, is runs at a diagonal angle.
20. EYELETS INSIDE
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames have two suede patches that hold the laces in place that can only be seen from inside the shoe. Take note of how there are no stitch lines joining the patches to the upper. Make sure the bigger suede patch holding the top two lace loops is separated from the lower patch holding just one lace loop in place. Take this opportunity to have a close look at the tape behind the upper join, note the fine vertical line texture.
21. INSIDE LABEL (R)
Inside label details vary depending on year, country of manufacture and style. Look for the country of manufacture, shoe size, factory code (usually starts with 2-3 letters) and date of production (MM/YY). Make sure the style (ART) number and purchase order (#) number match the retail box label. Look for the tiny symbol on the right hand side of the manufacturer "QR" code, it looks like a tiny code within a code. What is important is this symbol is different on each shoe label, and being so tiny it is very hard to replicate. Lastly there will be a 13 digit Unique Security Number, make sure it is different on each shoe, the last 3 digits are usually different. Tip: Google search "Adidas"+"ART number" to check that the colourway is correct.
22. INSIDE LABEL (L)
The second shoe label will be the same as the first shoe except for two things. Make sure the last 1-3 digits of the 13 digit Unique Security Number are different. Make sure the tiny symbol inside the manufacturer "QR" code is different on each label.
23. INSOLE STITCHING
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2's will have an insole with clean rounded holes cut into it showing off the Boost material underneath. Make sure the holes follow the shape of the insole. Make sure the stitching joining the insole to the upper is neat, tight and evenly spaced. Tip (1): Look for the U shaped resin structure inside the Boost material, you can just see it at about the midfoot area, it looks like a semi transparent gel.
24. TOEBOX SUPPORT
Deep inside the shoe (not easy to see) at the toebox you will see a suede support panel that holds the toebox open and helps it keep a rounded shape. This support panel will have rounded nodes along the bottom that run under the stitching which joins the insole to the upper.
25. HEEL SUPPORT
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2's have a lot more comfort support than the V1 model. At the heel there are soft Achilles patches molded into each side of the heel panel. Also look for the three vertical stripes that run down the center of the heel panel. Tip: Make sure the Adidas 3 stripes are joined together at the base where they run under the insole stitching.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames come with molded sockliners that provide comfort and support. Check the height of the edge along the heel, also take note of the shape of the impact patches on the forefoot and heel.
27. SOCKLINER LOGO
The sockliners will have an Adidas Yeezy logo printed on the top, make sure the printing is solid with sharp edges. Make sure the typeface used is correct. Also take note of the antimicrobial fabric, it looks like a very fine weave. Make sure this weave runs in long parallel lines length ways down the sockliner.
28. SOCKLINER SIZES
Under the sockliner there will be a size code embossed into the rubber. Make sure the size matches the size of the label on the retail box and the label inside the shoe. Note how the sockliners often cover more than one shoe size, in this case both 8.5 and 9.5.
29. SOCKLINER ADIDAS
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames will have an Adidas and Trefoil logo debossed under the heel of the sockliner. Check the quality of the debossing, make sure the edges are sharp and clear. Make sure the typeface of the logo is correct, the letters should appear rounded. There should be a small circled R just above the last S of the Adidas logo.
If you look at the toebox and forefoot area from above you will see the unique Primeknit material pattern and texture. Make sure the V shaped pattern is even and meets along the vertical join perfectly symmetrically. Check that the smoother broad stripe that runs down the outstep side of the shoe ends off in an even position on both left and right shoe before it reaches the rubber toe bumper (tip). This is also a good opportunity to check that the rubber outsole, make sure it sticks out wider than the Primeknit upper.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames have a very distinctive outsole pattern, make sure the tread is not worn out if the shoes are new. Make sure the thin horizontal ribs have rounded ends. Also note how the Boost midsole material (the bubble looking texture) is exposed through cut outs in the rubber outsole.
32. SOLE BOOST
Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames will have a Boost logo debossed into the main impact point on the heel. Make sure the debossing is clean and that the letters have a slightly rounded edge as opposed to a sharp edge.
33. BOOST MATERIAL
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames come with a Boost midsole for energy-returning properties that keep every step charged with an endless supply of energy. The Boost material has a bubbly structure with a rough texture. Tip 1: Can you see the round dots within the texture, they have thin stripes embossed into them? Tip 2: The texture and finish of the Boost material in different Yeezy V2's models can vary a lot.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Sesames have a translucent TPU outsole, at the forefoot there are a number of cut outs that allow you to see the Boost material underneath. Look for the bubble texture of the Boost material as well as the round dots with embossed stripes.
35. TOE LOGO
The toe tip of the TPU outsole will have an Adidas and Trefoil logo debossed into it. Make sure the typeface used is correct, make sure the letters are sharp and clear. With the light coloured midsole of the Sesames this logo can be quite difficult to see.
36. UV STITCHING
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesames have a layer of tight stiching under the Achilles patches, inside the collar, that will glow under UV (black) light.