How to spot fake Air Force 1

Know how to tell the difference between original and fake Air Force 1s with our expert-made guides. Pick a tutorial for your model and colorway, then read the steps to take to verify your Air Force 1s.

3 quickest ways to spot fake Air Force 1

1. Back


  • The Swoosh logo on the authentic pairs is appropriately sized and smaller.
  • The “A I R” text is neither too thick nor too thin on the authentic pairs and is well-placed.
  • Side stitching on the authentic pairs appears dense, reflecting higher quality.
  • Stitching lines on the midsole of the authentic pairs are of better quality.


  • On the fake pairs, the Nike Swoosh logo is longer, which is noticeable on the rear side.
  • The “A I R” text on fake pairs can appear either too thick or too thin, often placed too high and almost touching the Swoosh.
  • Side stitching on fake pairs is less dense and shorter compared to authentic pairs.
  • Stitching lines on the midsole of fake pairs appear longer and thinner.

2. Swoosh


  • The Nike Swoosh logo on the authentic pair appears curvier.
  • Stitching on the Swoosh logo is thinner and shorter on the authentic pair.


  • In contrast, the Swoosh logo on the fake pair looks less curvy.
  • The stitching on the Swoosh logo of the fake pair is too thick and long.

3. Size Tag


  • The “VF” print on the authentic tags is consistently thicker.
  • Authentic tags also feature thicker “BR” print.
  • “FABRIQUE EN VIETNAM” text on genuine pairs is thicker.


  • On fake tags, the “VF” print in the top right corner tends to be too thin.
  • The “BR” print on fake tags often mirrors the thinness of the “VF” text.
  • Fake tags frequently have thinner “FABRIQUE EN VIETNAM” text.

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