Step 1: Shoe Box
New Nikes are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the logo on the lid and side. Colour and style of box varies according to style and year. Check the box carefully for any errors in brand logos, alignment, spelling and overall finish quality. Remember real shoe boxes can accompany fake shoes.
Step 2: Box Label
Nike retail boxes feature a label on one side detailing style name, size, colour, country of manufacture and a style number. The style number is usually 9 digits long, check that it matches the style number located on the label located inside the shoe.
Step 3: Inside Label
Inside label details vary depending on year, country of manufacture and style. Check the style number, usually 9 digits, matches that found on the box. Check that the tail of the Q in FABRIQUE starts inside the circle. Check for any spelling errors and that the stitching is straight and neat.
Step 4: Heel Logo
New Nike Jordan 9’s feature a 23 Logo embroidered into the heel. Check that the embroidery is neat and well finished and that the stitching from the 2 does not join the 3.
Step 5: Sole
Sole patterns and styles vary, always make sure they are high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new. New Nike Jordan 9’s feature a large Jumpman logo on the heel. Make sure that the left and right Jumpman logos are mirrored but make sure the writing on the upper portion of each sole is not mirrored.
Step 6: Heel Stitching
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate. Check carefully that the stitching on the heel of the Nikes is tight, straight, evenly spaced and cleanly finished.