Welcome back to another edition of legit check, in today’s post we will quickly learn how to spot and identify the Fake Air Jordan 4 Red Thunder. The shoe was scheduled to release officially in October, but the release date has been pushed back to sometimes in December. Fake pairs have been on the market for quite some time and in this side by side comparison we’ll zero in on key areas that give away the counterfeits i.e. the netting, the back, the box label, the air chamber, etc..
But before we check for nuances, let’s go through our preliminaries.
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.
The netting is a problem area for counterfeiters, they can’t quite get it right. The authentic pair’s netting has very vivid bumps, and the size of the squares is slightly bigger than it is on the fakes. Zero in on the yellow circles. By the way both shoes in the picture above are 9.5’s.
Remember that both shoes are size 9.5’s. The leather overlay at the bottom is cut too low on the fake pair, ( see yellow line). The spacing between the jumpman’s foot and the edge of the heel overlay is wider on the fake pair, thus indicating that the cut is too low, see yellow circle. Also zero in on the double stitching near the heel tab. It is adjacent to the tab on its uppers on the authentic pair.
The Fake Air Jordan 4 Red Thunder has the wrong color code, see yellow rectangle.
The air unit is foggy on the fake pair, the screen isn’t clear at all but very cloudy.
The fake pair’s insole is very flimsy and thinned out as you can see in the picture above.
I will encourage you to stay away from any seller whose inside label’s production date is similar/identical to the one in the picture above.
Black Light Test
When you submit the heel portion of the midsole to the black light, there is a stamping on the fake pair, see picture above.
The black light also reveals guidelines on the back of the shoe, zero in on yellow arrow.
More dotted lines are revealed near the forefoot under the black light.
Update: I was able to collect some more pictures on Youtube via MK The Truth to help you even better
Sides/ Air Pocket
The horizontal yellow arrows show you the guide lines or trace marks on the fake pair. Both shoes are size 11’s so they ought to technically have the same features. The netting is slightly extend on the fake pair. The air pockets don’t have the same pattern within ( the fakes have rounded shapes, look closely). The slits on the midsole are slightly wider on the real pair, see yellow circles.
The leather cut overlay on the forefoot is higher on the fake pair, you can see that it’s almost adjacent to the edge of the area around the netting.
This is a very minute detail but worth mentioning. The edges of the mid section portion of the midsole are thicker on the fake pair ( see double yellow lines). The yellow circle just highlights the trace marks.
The netting on the front is much wider on the fakes.
The leather is cut a bit lower on the fakes and the elements on the plastic tabs are a bit more shiny on the authentic pair.
RFID behind the label
In the video below, I discuss the RFID in depth, this is a very key detail and I’ll invite you to watch the video.
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I’ll update the post as soon as there are more flaws that I spot. You can check out our other real vs fake comparisons via the Legit Check page. If you need additional help, feel free to reach out by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below
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