Bootleggers have already released their own version of the upcoming Air Jordan 12 Fiba, and it comes loaded with StockX’s authentication tags. Since I don’t have an authentic pair on hand as a backdrop, I’ll only point out key areas you need to zero in on to avoid being taken advantage of.
The red squares are highlighting the leather material used on the fakes. It’s supposed to be subtle but the excessive wrinkles indicated the roughness of its texture. The authentic pair are usually built with a softer leather material with subtle wrinkles. Let me show you a picture from one of my previous comparison to give you a better illustration. As I was searching for more pictures, I came across pictures of the legitimate pair of the Jordan 12 Fiba via Kicksonfire and I’ll actually utilize them instead.
If you own a pair of Jordan 12 that features tumbled leather, I’ll invite you to feel the quarter panel area with your thumb and you’ll understand my point here. It’s supposed to be soft and the winkles tend to be subtle. The fake pair is very rough.
One of the things that bootleggers also tend to get wrong is the metal eyelet; the authentic features extra ridges and the fake doesn’t. You can also see that the metal eyelets are more slanted on the authentic pair.
The nuances are clear here, the jumpman is fuller on the authentic pair and the tongue is too short on the fake pair. The yellow arrow is pointing out how the gap between the edge of the tongue and the first set of threads is bigger on the authentic pair. You can also see that the edge of the top portion of the fake tongue is flat while round and curvy on the authentic pair. You can add your own observations from the picture above.
The #23’s at the heel are totally different between both pair ( the one on the legitimate pair is fuller)
The jumpman logo on the sockliner of the fake pair is going off as soon as the wearer sets his/her foot in the shoes ( because the ink used is cheap).
The best thing Nike could’ve done was to incorporate a QR code on the inside label of their latest sneakers. You can use the camera on your phone to scan this code and on the authentic pair it leads you to the Nike SNKRS app store. I don’t think the QR code on the fake pair can do that ( i haven’t tested it) so that is probably the quickest way to authenticate your pair.
There you have it folks, if you need more information on the QR code, I’ve written a post about it, see link below
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