What identifying features should you be looking for?
New Nikes are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the logo on the lid and side. Color 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.
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.
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.
High quality stitching can be hard to replicate. Check carefully that the stitching on the side panel is tight, straight, evenly spaced and cleanly finished.
The tongue of new Jordan 10’s has elasticated straps for added support at each lace loop, stitched directly onto the shoe. Check that these elasticated straps are taught. The top half of the tongue has two stripes emulating the elasticated straps.
An Air Jordan 23 logo is embossed into the top of the tongue, check that the embossing stands out well and that the letters are clear with sharp edges. Check the stitching and attachment of the decorative stripes to the tongue is even and tight.
New Jordan 10’s should have an Air Jordan Collection tag inside the tongue, the embroidery should be neat and tight. Also the words Air Jordan Collection should be white stitching.
New Jordan 10’s come with a Jumpman logo embroidered into the heel. Check the quality and that the Jumpman logo is correctly proportioned. Pay special attention to the fingers and shoe laces of the Jumpman figure. Some models may not feature the Jumpman.
Nike Jordan 10’s have a distinctive sole pattern with the Jumpman logo, always make sure they are high quality and not worn out if the shoes are new.
New Jordan 10’s will feature the Jumpman logo on the sole. Check the proportions of the hands, feet and ball. Also make sure the edges of the embossed wording is sharp and high quality.