Welcome back to another edition of Legit Check. I was gifted a replica pair of the Nike Kobe V Bruce Lee sneakers by Crossreps and I wasted no time to compare them with their authentic counterpart to see how they fared against them. I do have to say at the outset that I was pretty impressed with the quality of the shoes.
As soon as I opened the box, a potent aroma of glue greeted me, which fortunately faded by approximately 20% within the next day. Now, let’s delve into the intriguing disparities I observed during my examination.
But first, let’s go through our preliminary steps.
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
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.
Toe & Side: Real Vs Fake Nike Kobe V Bruce Lee
As you can see in the image above, the scratch marks are more slanted, slightly longer and more pointy on the real pair, see yellow circles. And the red arrow shows you how the grey outline around the swoosh logo is slightly thicker on the replica pair. Also the swoosh logo is almost adjacent to the midsole on the real pair, see red dash
You clearly see how the scratch marks are more extended and more pointy on the real pair. And once again the swoosh logo is closer to the midsole on the legitimate pair.
No comments needed.
The gap between the “kobe signature” and the midsole is higher on the fake pair, see yellow dash. And if you zero in on the kobe signature, you’ll notice how the print comes in a larger/bolder font on the replicas.
The heel plate is much longer on the fake pair, see yellow dash. You can definitely see how the heel plate is closer to the red tab on the fakes.
Heel Liner: Fake Kobe 5 Bruce Lee
The heel line has more padding on the fakes ( that’s actually a positive, it means more comfort).
There is a clear distinction between the grey and red squares on the carbon fiber shank of the authentic pair. That distinction isn’t very pronounced on the fakes, it is more subtle because the carbon fiber plate appears almost completely black.
The paint job is a little sloppy on the replica pair as it is bleeding and staining the rest of the outsole, see yellow arrows.
The fake box is missing the MSRP sticker and the font of the letters and numbers is slightly bolder on the fake label.
I have to admit that this is one of the best replicas I’ve seen on the market and I actually have tested it on the court, see video below
You can check out our other real vs fake comparisons via the Legit Check page.
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