How to Spot Fake Air Jordan Shoes

Published: 09th October 2009
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Owning a pair of Air Jordans has long been a symbol of social status. The shoes are expensive, which often means that people will go to great lengths to own a pair. It also means that there is an army of sellers out there who will go to great lengths to get you to pay full price for a pair of counterfeit Air Jordans. This means that whenever buying these shoes, especially if you are buying them online, you need to proceed carefully so you will not be scammed.

When it comes to spotting fake Air Jordans, it is important to do your research. Nike has released several versions of the shoe, and each version is unique. Color, material, details like stripes or the placement of the Nike "swoosh" should all be examined carefully. For example, Nike has released versions of the Air Jordan that were purple. The Air Jordan XXIII, however, is not manufactured in purple. It only comes in black, white and varsity red. So if you see a shoe that is advertised as an Air Jordan XXIII, but is any other color than black, white or red, you are looking at a fake. It is important to do your research carefully online using legitimate sites (like so that you know exactly what you are looking for. Compare the shoes you want to buy to a picture of the real deal.

One of the most important features to investigate is the jumpman logo. (This is the symbol of Michael Jordan jumping that is on all Air Jordan shoes except Air Jordan 1.) The basketball should be in Jordan's left hand. The man should be placed between the "R" and the "D", and the arm with the ball in it should be slightly veering toward the right. (Important: that's right if you are looking at the logo face-on; it would be Jordan's left.)

Another key feature to examine is the color of the shoe's sole. For some reason, a lot of manufacturers of fakes neglect this area of the shoe or think potential buyers won't notice a difference. Make sure the sole of your Air Jordans is not gray when it should be white, or vice versus. It is important to have a picture of the authentic shoe handy so you can double-check minute details like this.

It is also important to check the box that the Air Jordans come in. (You can Google for images of authentic Air Jordan boxes.) Be sure that the production number on the shoes' tags matches the production number printed on the box. And make sure that the shoes are wrapped in brown paper, not tissue paper. This is standard procedure for Nike.

Jane Barron works for,a free online website that helps people find mismatched footwear.Get more information on deformed feet, corrective shoes or foot length difference.

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