The Jordan 12 Black Dark Concord is scheduled to release on October the 24th and will retail for $190. I believe the shoe will have a relatively good performance in both the retail and the resale markets. I will be writing a projection post on the possible number of pairs made tomorrow. In the meantime I want to quickly show you how to spot and identify fake pairs of the model that have already hit the market. Before I show you some of the physical nuances I spotted , here are some precautionary preventive measures you can take to avoid being deceived.
1. Smell the shoes
One of the dead giveaway is the smell/odor of the glue uses to patch up the shoe. If the glue smell is really strong to the point of irritating your nostrils, then you’ve probably being dealt a fake pair.
2.Proof of Purchase
Ask for a receipt to check out the provenance of the shoe you’re receiving. ( but even receipts can be duplicated these days). But if the seller doesn’t have one, I strongly encourage you not to follow through with the purchase
Now let’s check quickly spot the differences between the authentic and the fake air jordan 12 black dark concord ( both shoes used in the comparison are size 8.5’s).
The heel liner of the replica pair isn’t very thick ( see yellow arrows ). The tab of the fake pair is shorter than that of the real pair
You can see that there is small gap between the jumpman’s foot and the edge of the first set of ridges on the authentic pair.
You can clearly see that the jumpman text is almost centered on the tab of the authentic pair. On the fake pair, the text is almost adjacent to the upper part of the tab.
The tab of the fake pair is a bit shorter than that of the real pair, I’ve included the yellow lines and arrows to show you the differences. Remember that both shoes are 8.5’s so they should technically have the same features.
The label of the fake air jordan 12 dark black concord is much wider on its upper part ( see small yellow line and circle). The gap between the label and the box lid is much wider on the authentic pair. I’ll also argue that the font of the letters and numbers between both labels differs.
The production date is also another key element to look at when it comes to detecting fakes. Unusually fake pairs have an earlier production date, so I’ll advise you to stay away from any seller whose pair’s production date is similar to the one in the picture above.
There you have it folks, hopefully these tips will help you in your purchases from third party sellers.
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PS: The Real VS Fake posts require a lot of time to write because replica/counterfeits are getting better and spotting their flaws is a meticulous task. I understand that some of you may still be unsure about the authenticity of your sneakers, this is why I’m providing the video below to give additional help. Be sure to watch it in its entirety and don’t forget to subscribe to my website. Your support is greatly appreciated