How to spot fake
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Solid Grey
in 36 steps
Learn how to spot fake Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners 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 Boost 700 sneakers come in a sturdy, unprinted retail box, featuring a large 700 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. Make sure the Boost is positioned in the center of the side panel. 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. Labels for different regions may look different. 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 short side of the retail box are the words Yeezy Boost 700 with Made by Adidas below that. The will also be a an Adidas Performance logo at the bottom. 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 700. Make sure the logos are center aligned within the side panel. Look for the thumb tab to pull the box insert open, make sure it has a perforated edge and that it extends up slightly higher than the box insert.
6. PERFORMANCE LOGO
If you turn the box over you will see an Adidas Performance logo under the box. Yeezy Boost 700s are from the Adidas Performance range and not the Adidas Originals range like the Yeezy Boost 350s are. Check carefully that the logo is positioned centered at the base of the panel.
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. If you lift up the insert from the bottom of the box you will see the interlocking base construction. 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 700 Wave Runners have wrapping inside the box to protect the shoes. The wrapping is a dark cream colour and the paper itself is thick and rigid.
9. SIDE PROFILE
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners have a distinctive side profile, take note of how the toebox lifts up off the surface slightly while the heel remains relatively flat on the floor. Make sure the heel support curves inwards significantly at the Achilles heel. Check that the tongue stands up much higher than the back of the heel. Take note of the shape of the grooves molded into the midsole, especially the ones below the heel.
10. HEEL STITCHING
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate, the heel area of Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner is a good place to check that stitch quality. Make sure the stitching along the edges of the panels is tight, neat and evenly spaced and follows the edge of the panel perfectly. Take note of the small detail holes drilled in the heel panel, make sure they have light reflective material inside. Check that the holes get smaller as the go down and that they end up right close to the midsole rubber.
11. HEEL SHAPE
If you look closely at the heel you will notice the panels have unusual bulges to them, the bulges follow the shapes of the support patches inside the shoe. Make sure the black suede panel around the kidney shaped reflective cutouts have a shiny edge to them where the stitching runs, as opposed to being rough suede all over.
12. SWING TAG
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners 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. Some countries may have extra swing tags with barcode, model number and details from the box label.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners 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 that the ends are exposed fabric.
14. LACE TAB
The bottom lace loop is held in place with a lace tab made from reflective material. Make sure there is a double stitch line at the top and bottom of this lace tab holding it in place. The silvery reflective material will have a white edge to it, like the stitching holding it in place. Note how the top of the tab folds over into the shoe.
15. PANEL JOIN
Look closely how the blue breathable mesh from the toebox is sandwiched between the leather panels of the upper. Make sure the blue breathable mesh folds over to create a rounded edge.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners have a well padded tongue which provides comfort and cushioning. The corners will be very rounded. Make sure you can see the double stitchline holding the lace tab in place from the back.
17. PANEL TEXTURE
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners come with black suede side panels on the upper, look for the edges of these black panels and make sure they are a shiny smooth black as opposed to the rough suede. These shiny smooth edges will run under the stitching. Note how the front black panel that covers the toebox mesh only has a shiny smooth edge along the top but not around the blue toebox area.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700s will have 3 reflective Adidas stripes under the side mesh, note how the stripes have dark stitching along the edges, not easy to see but it is there. These stripes will reflect light when it is shone at the right angle.
The lace holes are cut out of the leather upper, make sure the holes are cleanly cut with no rough edges. Make sure the laces fit very tightly in these holes.
20. EYELET PLASTIC
The top two lace holes will have plastic molded eyelets. Make sure these plastic eyelets match the colour of the leather and mesh.
21. HEEL SUPPORT
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners come with lots of heel support for comfort. Note the shape of the stitchline and how is stops halfway up the Achilles heel.
22. 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 micro symbol within the Manufacturer "QR" code, it is on the right hand side, 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. Next to this inside label is a Yeezy logo printed onto a strip of clear tape. Make sure the Yeezy logo is not rubbing off and that the typeface used is correct.
23. 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.
24. INSOLE STITCHING
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners will have a fabric insole with a clean round hole cut into it showing off the Boost material underneath. Check that you can see the texture of the Boost material as well as at least one of the round dots with tiny stripes embossed into the Boost. Make sure the stitching joining the insole to the upper is neat, tight and evenly spaced.
25. FOREFOOT STITCHING
Make sure the stitching along the edge of the insole runs all the way up around the forefoot.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners 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 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.
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 and 9.
29. SOCKLINER ADIDAS
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners will have an Adidas Performance 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. Tip: make sure the dot of the "i" in Adidas is joined to the second stripe.
30. MIDSOLE HEEL
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners have a wide midsole with orange ovals debossed into the heel area. Note how the orange is painted on, the paint might bleed over the edges of the oval. Look for the tiny pin head size dots embossed into the molded midsole, you can see them at the top and bottom of each oval.
31. MIDSOLE FOREFOOT
The forefoot of the midsole will have black detail molding debossed into it, the black paint might also bleed over the edges of the molded panels. Look for the tiny pinhead size dots in the molded midsole, you can see one just below the black oval.
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners have a very distinctive outsole pattern, make sure the tread is not worn out if the shoes are new. Also note how the Boost midsole material (the bubble looking texture) is exposed through cut outs in the rubber outsole.
33. BOOST MATERIAL
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners 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 Boost bubbles are actually separate from one another before they are molded together, so sometimes in places is looks like they are breaking apart.
34. SOLE LOGO
Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners will have an Adidas Performance 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. Make sure the "i" in Adidas is joined to the second stripe.
35. UV STRIPES
Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners have stripes under the mesh of the upper that glow when normal light is shone on them, but the material behind these stripes will glow when UV (black) light is also shone on the same area, the opposite of the Adidas stripes.
36. UV YEEZY
The tape underneath the Yeezy logo next to the inside label will glow under UV (black light).