How to Check if Your Jordans Are Real

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How to Check if Your Jordans Are Real
For Jordans, the price is high but because it is well-made quality footwear. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Real Jordan sneakers feature genuine leather and craftmanship. The price of the Jordan is also a factor to tell if a fake shoe from the real thing. A fake shoe tends to have bad seams, shoddy materials and misplaced logos. If you plan on buying Jordans online, you should always purchase from retailers listed on the official Jordan website. The shoes that seem to be a great deal might be the very thing that leaves you with a worthless sneaker.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Compare the price of Jordan sneakers in question to Jordans in a department store or through Nike's online shop. A pair of brand-new Air Jordan shoes by Nike costs more than £65.

  2. 2

    Hold the shoes in the light and inspect for oddities in the craftmanship. For example, fake Jordans are not made with real leather or may have poor, uneven stitching. Additionally, glue may shows through the leather where a fake logo was stuck onto the shoe.

  3. 3

    Find the style number on the shoebox and inside the Air Jordan sneaker. On every shoe, a style number with 8 to 10 digits details the specific type of Jordan from the manufacturer. The number appears on the box and on the tag inside the shoe. If you find the style number, then you also have an authentic pair of Jordans.

  4. 4

    Identify the type of colorway. Nike only makes Jordans in specifics colours and styles. Go to the Jordan website, to view all of the current styles of sneakers available and in what colours. If you spot Jordans in an odd colour, you have probably found a fake.

  5. 5

    Compare all of the signature Jordan logos on the shoe to shoes on the Nike website. Study the Air Jordan logo to make sure that the "jumping man" is the same as the Nike brand. The logo normally appears on the side of the shoe, though you may find the logo changes position according to the style of sneaker.

  6. 6

    Smell the leather and compare to the smell of real leather. Fake Jordans are often made with cheap materials to keep prices low, so they are not made with genuine leather and produce a different scent.

  7. 7

    If a shoe looks off or odd, and the seller calls the Jordan a "variant" or "limited" edition, then ask if you can take a picture of the product and check with a Nike-endorsed retail outlet. Nike provides a retail locator on its website.

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