The innovative people of Jordan Brand have been creating some of the most highly anticipated and exclusive shoes for the world’s best basketball player Michael Jordan for many years now. The Air Jordan’s and Air Jordan Retro’s have made their way into the homes of many sneakerheads across the world, but one question you must ask yourself is “Are my Jordan’s real or are they fake.” With almost any product there is almost always going to be someone looking to make money off of someone else’s creativity, and this is where counterfeits or fakes hit the market. They may look the same or very similar, but to a true sneakerhead you don’t want to have any fakes sitting in your collection. So here are a few simple ways to help you determine if your Jordan’s are authentic or if you unluckily picked up some counterfeits. One of the key factors in determining if your Jordan’s are counterfeit is the price; there are many sites that offer Air Jordan’s for prices ranging from $35-$65 dollars. This is usually a tell tale sign that the shoes you are purchasing are fake. Jordan’s typically retail anywhere from $120-$200, in other words you get what you pay for. Also here is a good list of factors compiled by answers.yahoo.com of things to look for when you are about to buy authentic Jordans and drop some serious dough on some J’s.
- The first place to check is the production numbers. Match the number on the inside tag with the number on the box.
- The original & retro 1’s are the only Air Jordan to feature the Nike swoosh on the outside. However, the original 2 – 8′s do feature one on the insole.
- Your shoes should never be wrapped in tissue paper, only the standard brownish paper standard on most Nike shoes.
- Beware outrageous colors.
- Look for obvious deformities in your Jumpman logos, misshapen arms, midsections, and heads. Take a look at the Jumpman to the right, for instance. Remember, you’re paying a premium for a premium shoe.
- The box that fake Air Jordan’s come in doesn’t have the same print quality as the authentic Air Jordan boxes.
- Beware of shoes being shipped from Asia on eBay. Not always fake, but highly suspect.
- Any shoe marked “B” grade on a website or in a shoe means it has a defect. These shoes are commonly available at factory outlets, or wholesalers that would have ties to Nike corporate.
- If in doubt about a site, a good first check is their ‘About Us’ page. Some, if not most sites that sell factory variants, will tell you so.
- If the retro card inside the box, or any other card your particular Air Jordan model comes with, is obviously copied or otherwise fake looking, the shoes probably are too.
- Take a look at the font on the black label on the side of the box. Fake Air Jordan’s usually don’t use the correct font.
- All Air Jordan’s have their release dates, to the day, printed on the tag. Use this info to double check rarity, and as a check to determine between Air Jordan Retro’s and Originals.
- When you open your box of Air Jordan’s, you should smell leather. If you smell glue, beware of fakes.
Hopefully this list will help you out the next time you are unsure about some Air Jordans for sale to add to your collection. With Jordan prices always on the rise, better to be safe than sorry when your about to spend a couple bills!