I attempted to write a post about identifying the Fake J Balvin Air Jordan 1 High a few weeks ago but I quickly stopped. Reason being I didn’t have access to pictures of legitimate pairs for a side by side. I searched everywhere but the pictures I was coming across weren’t convincing. Finally I was able to fetch some within the last 48 hours and hopefully this will be helpful to you. First let’s set up our preliminary steps:
1. Smell the shoes
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.
Now let’s look at some of the flaws I spotted ( fake pair sizes : 8 and 8.5 and real pair is size 8,.5 and 9)
The fake pair in the picture above is an updated version, you’ll see the first batch in later pictures.
(1) the upper heel overlay covers the edge of the bottom overlay on the authentic pair ( see red circle)
(2) double stitches on the swoosh logo of the authentic pair can be spotted but on the fake they get overshadowed ( which indicated that the bottom overlay is too high)
(3) The gap between the bottom heel overlay and the stitches is wider on the real pair ( see red dash)
There are fringes at the edges of the authentic pair ( almost like loose threads) see yellow circle. Also the yellow arrow shows you the fringes as well. And the yellow rectangle shows you how the gap between the edge of the tab and threads is wider on the authentic pair. The yellow vertical line shows you how deeper the cut is on the real pair.
Again zero in on the yellow circles to see the see the fringes around the edges of the real pair.
I was telling you that the pictures above were of an upgraded version of the fakes. The next set of side by side will show you the first version of fakes that surfaced.
I fetched the picture from a comparison I watched on youtube via Trutru vs Fufu. Again you can see how smooth the edges of the fake pair is in comparison to the rougher edges on the real pair due to the fringes. You can also see that the cut around the forefoot overlay is not consistent on the fake pair ( see red rectangle).
Again more fringes on the authentic pair and you can also see how wrinkly the fake pair’s leather is ( more creases).
No comment needed here you can see the differences clearly.
The edges of the patches of the fake pair are rough and uneven, and the jumpman does not look the same ( a lot thinner on the fakes)
The lightning bolt isn’t properly centered on the fakes.
The laces aren’t full or long enough on the fake pair that’s why the real pair’s laces are higher . You’ll also notice the differences in the colors ( darker green and lighter pink on the real pair).
The real pair’s laces glow when submitted to the black light.
The font is a lot bolder on the fake pair’s label.
Bolder font on the fake pair.
There you have it folks, I’ll add more pictures once I get ahold of the shoe.
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