It’s darn near impossible to get Jordan retros these days. I tried in vain to get a pair of the Taupe Haze retro 4 a couple of weeks ago. At the time when the shoe dropped, there were no fakes on the market. Yesterday I was doing my routine lieutenant Columbo check out and came across a fake Air Jordan 4 taupe haze. Since I don’t have an actual legitimate pair on hands, I had to rely on images of authentic pairs I fetched on ebay via authenticity guaranteed. The level of accuracy is always questionable when I don’t have a real pair on hands, but I do believe my years of experience give these comparisons enough credibility. Before we start looking at nuances, it’s always good to go through our preliminary steps.
1. Smell the shoes ( only if you’ve already made the purchase)
One of the dead giveaway is the smell/odor of the glue uses to construct the replicas. If the glue smell is really strong to the point of irritating your nostrils, then you’ve probably being dealt a counterfeit
2.Proof of Purchase
Ask for a proof of purchase. Receipt must include details such as provenance, time of purchase, date and any other relevant information. If a seller is reluctant to provide that, I will strongly urge to refrain from following through with the purchase.
Both pairs in the picture above are size 7s, which mean they should technically have the same features. The leather overlay on the fake pair has a lower cut ( zero in on the yellow lines). You’ll notice that the gap between the edge of the midsole and the edge of the overlay is wider on the authentic pair. The yellow rectangle shows you how the overlay pretty much overlaps the edge of the netting area on the fake pair. The red rectangle shows you how the double edge bordering the midsole is much wider on the fake pair. The red circle shows you how much higher the gap is on the authentic pair.
I wanted to show you a much larger picture of the panel overlay to point out how much wider the leather cut on the authentic pair ( see yellow circle). Also the yellow rectangle shows you how there is literally no gap between the two edges on the fake pair.
The air unit of the fake pair is slightly much narrower on the fake pair and that is clearly highlighted near the front ( see red arrow and red line).
Both shoes are size 7’s , this is just a quick reminder. You can clearly see that the leather overlay at the heel has a higher cut on the authentic pair. The yellow circles show you how the edge of the overlay is almost adjacent to the foot of the jumpman logo ( that indicates how high the cut is). You can also check out the yellow line which clearly emphasizes the difference between both pairs. The heel tab is also very short on the fake air jordan 4 taupe haze ( I drew that horizontal yellow line to show you the difference between both).
You can clearly see that the area contouring the label has a different pattern on the authentic pair. There is a distinction between the white color at the around the label and the white color bearing the black print on the authentic pair. On the fake pair, the white appears homogeneous. Not only that but you’ll also see that there are secant lines all over the label around its border on the fake pair. The “US” text and jumpman logo are split between the label and its edge on the authentic pair, but on the replica pair they are in the label and not on its edge. Hopefully all this made sense.
I want to be very careful when it comes to the box label. Shoes coming from US retailers will bear the suggested retail sticker. Any shoes coming from non US retailers will not have that, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a shoe is fake because the sticker is missing. However it’s important to note that on the fake pair, that sticker is nowhere to be found. And you can also see how the box label isn’t even adjacent to the edge of the box.
There you have it folks, so far these are the only notable nuances that were spotted.
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