How to spot fake
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra
in 33 steps
Learn how to spot fake Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's with this detailed 33 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. 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 and the two halves cannot be separated easily without breaking the box.
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.
8. 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.
9. HEEL PROFILE
Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's 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. Tip: Note how the translucent outsole is a slightly yellow colour.
10. 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.
11. 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. Make sure the outsole is translucent, you can see the black zebra stripes of the knitted upper under the toe cap.
12. HEEL STITCHING
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate, the heel area of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's 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.
13. HEEL TAB
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's 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 black stitch line that runs through the center of the pull tab, make sure it is wider that the rest of the stitching. You should also see a box shaped stitch pattern detail in the center of the pull tab, this holds the pull tab in shape.
14. 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.
15. SWING TAG
New Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's will come with a swing tag explaining how the colour of the fabric might change. Some countries might have different languages on them. Check that the typeface used is correct, make sure the swing tag has very rounded corners. Make sure the printing is solid and sharp. Tip: The swing tag should be attached to the shoe with a thin clear plastic thread.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's 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. Tip: The laces are slightly creamer in colour than the white knitted upper.
The lace holes in the knitted upper are barely visible, there are no eyelets.
18. SIDE LOGO
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's have a red SPLY-350 logo stitched into the woven upper. Make sure the typeface used is correct, pay specific attention to the bulges of the numeral 3, the top bulge is much smaller than the bottom bulge.
19. LOGO CLOSE UP
Have a close up look at the triple layer woven upper, make sure the weave is neat, tight and even. Tip: It is not easy to see but you should be able to see small amounts of the red woven layer of the SPLY-350 logo under the top white layer.
20. EYELETS INSIDE
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's have two white 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.
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 previous 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 Zebra's 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. Also take note of the antimicrobial fabric, it looks like a very fine weave. Tip: The Adidas Trefoil logo has three horizonal lines printed over the leaf, make sure these three lines are printed and not just left out.
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 5.5 and 6.5.
29. SOCKLINER ADIDAS
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's 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.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's 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.
31. BOOST MATERIAL
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's 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 circles with thin horizontal lines embossed into bubbly Boost material?
32. 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 Zebra's this logo can be quite difficult to see.
33. UV STITCHING
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra's have a band of stitching on the upper that is highly visible under UV light. Under normal light the entire white knit upper will look like it is all one colour but under Ultraviolet (Black Light) a narrower band of white that runs under the SPLY-350 logo will become very clear as being different to the rest.