Welcome back to another edition of legit check, today we’ll learn how to quickly spot the Fake Nike Kobe 4 Protro Gift of Mamba. As you all know, this is a highly coveted shoe and counterfeiters did not waste any time in producing their own versions. Here is a side by side comparison between a fake and a real pair ( both are size 12s). The areas of our focus will be the sides, swoosh logo, scales’ pattern, tongue, back, midsole, and more.
Side: Real Vs Fake Nike Kobe 4 Protro Gift Of Mamba
The swoosh logo’s scales are much wider on the authentic pair, see red arrow. And if you zero in on the yellow circle, you’ll notice that the gap between the forefoot overlay and the midsole is much wider on the fakes.
First the gap between the swoosh logo and the midsole is wider on the fake pair, see vertical yellow dash. And second, the tip of the swoosh logo is much closer to the heel on the legitimate pair, see yellow line. Thirdly, the gap between the heel plate and the heel overlay is wider on the authentic pair, see red dash. Nest, the red arrow shows you how the Kobe signature if of a lighter shade of yellow on the real pair. Continuing with the Kobe signature, it is almost adjacent to the edge of the midsole on the fake pair, see red arrow again.
The midsole is much thicker on the fake pair, see green line and it is confirmed by the “zoom air” text which appears slightly of a bolder font on the fakes, see yellow rectangle.
Tongue: Fake Kobe 4 Gift Of Mamba
This is a recurring error with many fake Kobe’s, the extension of the tongue is wider on the fakes, see yellow lines. And the gap between the Kobe logo and the laces is smaller on the legit pair, see yellow dash.
The carbon fiber shank patterns are very distinct on the fakes but not so much on the authentic pair.
Black Light Test: Fake Nike kobe 4 Gift Of Mamba
If you want to bypass all the other steps, the best way to spot the fakes is though the black light test. The fake pair’s heel plate glows under the black light but the legitimate pair’s heel plate does not glow under the same light.
The fake box is ashy, and its scales are also spotty and ashy. The Nike swoosh logo is barely noticeable on the replica box, see yellow arrow.
Again, the fake pair is almost powdery on its top while the authentic box is black with subtler scales.
There you have it folks, hopefully you’ll be able to spot the Fake Nike Kobe 4 Protro Gift Of Mamba with these tips. I’ll update the post as soon I come across more detailed tips to look for, stay tuned and check the post regularly. You can check out our other real vs fake comparisons via the Legit Check page.
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