How To Spot Fake Adidas Superstar Sneakers (Real Vs Fake Guide)

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If you’re looking to learn how to spot fake Adidas Superstar sneakers, then you are for sure in the right place.

That is because only by reading this real vs fake Adidas Superstar guide, you are going to learn how to easily spot fake Adidas Superstar shoes.

All of the information about how to spot fake Adidas Superstar sneakers will be sorted throughout individual steps so that nothing will be misunderstood.

And, along with every step of our guide, we are going to link reference fake vs real Adidas Superstar images so that you can visualise the legit and the fake shoes.

To put it shortly, the fastest way to spot fake Adidas Superstar sneakers is to look at the size tag inside each shoe, as well as the details from the rear side, because the counterfeit Superstars never have their inscriptions and stitches at the correct thickness, while the genuine Adidas shoes are always flawless, thanks to their high-quality materials.

How to spot fake Adidas Superstar sneakers

Step 1: Real vs fake Adidas Superstar interior size tag

For the very first step of the guide on how to spot fake Adidas Superstar shoes, we are going to look at the size tag, because the same as how we’ve previously mentioned, this little piece of fabric with the text on top of it is the best way to spot fake Superstar shoes.

Fake vs real Adidas Superstar newer size tags

We are going to start by looking at a comparison between the fake vs real Adidas Superstar shoes for their size tag in the newer style, and then, we are going to inspect the look of the older real vs fake Adidas Superstar size tags.

So, let’s have a look at the reference real vs fake Adidas Superstar comparison image from below, and after that, we are going to tell you the differences between the two pairs.

are my adidas superstar fake?

Now that you’ve had a look at the reference real vs fake Adidas Superstar image from above, let’s have all of the listed flaws explained.

1 – The “MADE IN INDONESIA” text

In the image with the fake vs real Adidas Superstar shoes above, we have pointed out how the fake shoes have their “MADE IN INDONESIA” text looking really thin.

Back to the authentic Adidas Superstar shoes, you can see how the same “MADE IN INDONESIA” text is thicker and more defined than the one on the fake shoes.

2 – The “US UK FR JP CHN” inscription

Going to the second hand-emoji pointer ,we have the line of text that says “US UK FR JP CHN”, which on the fake shoes, this line of text looks too thin.

Yet again, the genuine Adidas Superstar shoes have their text thicker, and that applies for the “US UK FR JP CHN” text as well.

3 – The appearance of the MALE/MÂLE text 

Both the real and fake Adidas Superstar pairs may or may not have MALE/MÂLE inscriptions. So whether your sneakers feature the text or not, it is perfectly fine.

Therefore, we do not consider this specific inscription as a way of spotting the fake Adidas Superstar pairs.

4 – The “adidas ®” inscription

Looking at this inscription in the bottom-left side of the size tag, you can see how the fake shoes have this text too thin, once again.

On the other hand, the genuine Adidas Superstars have their text thicker and more defined than the fake pair’s text.

Keep in mind that if the “adidas” text and the “®” symbol are in contact, that means 100% that you are looking at a fake Adidas Superstar pairs, as the legit shoes never have these two in contact.

5 – The line of text with the size of the shoes

Lastly, looking at the line of text that indicates the size of your shoes, you can see how the replica Adidas Superstars have their whole line of text too thin and too little defined.

As you may guess too, the authentic Adidas Superstar shoes have their whole line of text indicating the size of the pair looking thicker than the fake shoes’ text.

Fake vs real Adidas Superstar older size tags

Now it’s the time that we have a look at the fake vs real Adidas Superstar sneakers that have the older size tag, which was made from around 2013 to 2015-2016.

fake vs real adiads superstar

In the image with the fake vs real Adidas Superstar shoes above, you can see how the text on the fake shoes is generally too thin.

That applies to pretty much all of the inscriptions available on the fake shoes, as the genuine Adidas Superstars have their text thicker.

Step 2: Verify your Adidas Superstars from the rear side

Proceeding to the second step of the guide on how to spot fake Adidas Superstar shoes, we are now going to have a look at the fake vs real Adidas Superstar shoes for their rear side’s details.

In most cases, the replica Adidas Superstar shoes have their text ad the stitching on the vertical patch at the wrong thickness.

And, as promised, we’ll first give a quick look to the reference real vs fake Adidas Superstar image from below.

adidas superstar authentication guide

In the image with the real vs fake Adidas Superstar shoes from above, we have pointed out how the replica shoes have their rear side’s details quite flawed.

Starting with the “adidas” text, you can see how the dot at the top of the letter “i” is too thin, as there is too much space from the dot and to the long vertical leg of the letter, on the fake shoes,

On the other hand, the legitimate Adidas Superstar shoes have their dot on top of the letter “i” thicker, as the dot is closer to the vertical leg of the letter.

Then, looking at the letter “s”, you can see how the fake shoes are thinner, s the letter is too big but also too thin on the replica Superstars, while on the genuine ones, the letters are bulkier, boxier and thicker.

Up next, moving to the stitching on the vertical patch, you can see how the fake shoes have their stitching on both the left and the right side looking too thick.

Moving to the authentic Adidas Superstars, you can see how their stitching on the left and on the right side of the patch is thinner than the stitching on the fake shoes’ patch.

Step 3: Look at the “SUPERSTAR” text on the side of your shoes

As for the third step of the guide on how to spot fake Adidas Superstar sneakers, we are going to look at the “SUPERSTAR” text on the fake vs real Adidas Superstar shoes.

This text is one of the very best ways to spot fake Adidas Superstar shoes as well, as the fake shoes never have this detail replicated as it should be on the genuine pairs.

are my adidas superstar fake?

So, in the image with the fake vs real Adidas Superstar shoes above, you can see how the fake shoes have their “SUPERSTAR” text pretty different from the real deal.

That is because the counterfeit-manufactured Superstars have their “SUPERSTAR” text looking really, really thin when compared to the legit pair.

In fact, the authentic shoes have their “SUPERSTAR” text much thicker than the one found on the replica Adidas shoes.

Related to the thickness, the fake pair that has its text really thin has the text placed too far away from the stripe in the 3-striped Adidas logo.

Looking at the genuine shoes, you can see how their thicker text covers more of the shoes, and so, it is placed closer to the 3-striped Adidas logo, unlike the fake shoes’ text that is improperly aligned.

Step 4: Real vs fake Adidas Superstar side-stitching

Moving on to the fourth method on how to spot fake Adidas Superstar shoes, we are going to check out the stitching line that’s crossing the side of the shoes.

This stitching line is the curvy one that has to be the same within the authentic Adidas Superstars, yet the same line that is mostly flawed on the fake shoes.

how to see fake adidas superstar

In the image with the authentic vs replica Adidas Superstar shoes above, we’ve shown you how the fake Superstars have the line too little bumpy and curvy.

Moving our eyes to the authentic Superstars, you can see how the curvy stitching line is pretty straight in the upper and the lower sides, and also curving pretty smooth in the middle.

So as to explain this easier, the flaw on the fake shoes’ line is that it curves too much out of a sudden, not letting the curve having a wider angle, the same as on the genuine Adidas Superstar shoes.

real vs fake adidas superstar sneakers

If your shoes’ stitching looks like one in the image above – don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal, as there are multiple releases of these shoes, and some have their stitching curvy, some have it sharp.

The idea is that the most part of the fake Adidas Superstar shoes have have their stitching curvy, but not as curvy or as sharp as it has to be.

The steps we’ve written so far are the best ways on how to authenticate this item.

The tells listed below this point are still reliable signs of authenticity, but for non-top-versions of replicas available for this item. We recommend sticking to the top tells we’ve explained above this point to make sure you’re not drawing the wrong conclusions.

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Step 5: Brief the badge on the exterior side of the tongue

Going to the fifth way on how to spot fake Adidas Superstar shoes, we are going to review the real vs fake Adidas Superstar shoes for their badge on the exterior side of the tongue.

Precisely, we are going to look at the “adidas ®” text that’s available on the exterior side of the tongue’s badge, on both the fake vs authentic Adidas Superstars.

real vs fake adidas superstar

In the image with the fake vs real Adidas Superstar shoes above, we have pointed out how the fake shoes have their “adidas ®” text at the wrong thickness, once again.

Looking at the authentic Superstars, you can see how their same inscription has a bigger font-weight, therefore having the text thicker than the fake pair’s text.

The same flaw on the fake shoes applies for the inscription inside the golden square, where the “La marque aux 3 bandes.” text is also really thin, while the same text on the legit shoes is thicker.

In case some of you are curious and you don’t know what the text inside the golden square means, that translates from French to English as “The brand with the 3 stripes.”, which is Adidas, by its famous logo that presents three stripes.

Step 6: Examine the thickness of the laces on your Adidas Superstar sneakers

Proceeding to the sixth method on how to spot fake Adidas Superstar shoes, we are now going to have a look at the thickness of the laces.

Just as always, let’s quickly analyze the reference fake vs real Adidas Superstar image from below, in order to see the difference between the two pairs.

replica vs authentic adidas superstar

As you can see in the image with the fake vs real Adidas Superstar shoes above, we have pointed out how the fake shoes have their laces really, really thin.

On the other hand, the authentic Adidas Superstars have their laces way thicker than the ones found on the replica shoes.

Even though this may seem like a really simple way on how to spot fake Adidas Superstar shoes, keep in mind to always check the laces as well, as they can tell you the story about the authenticity of a pair easily.

Step 7: Authenticate the stitching on the midsole of the Adidas Superstar shoes

Moving forward to the seventh method on how to spot fake Adidas Superstar shoes, we are going to have a look at the stitching on the midsole of the fake vs real Adidas Superstars.

adidas superstar legit vs fake

In the image with the fake vs real Adidas Superstar shoes above, we have pointed out how the fake shoes have their stitching on the midsole at the wrong thickness.

In fact, the replica Adidas Superstars have their stitching too thin and too long, while the genuine Adidas Superstars have their stitches thicker and shorter.

Step 8: Look at the toe box on your Adidas Superstars

As for the eighth and the last step of the guide on how to spot fake Adidas Superstar shoes, we are going to look at the real vs fake Adidas Superstar shoes for their toe box.

Just as you may guess, we’ll first brief the reference fake vs real Adidas Superstar image from below, and after that, we’ll explain the situation on the two pairs.

how to authenticate adidas superstar

In the image with the replica vs legit Adidas Superstar shoes above, we have pointed out how the inflation level of the toe box on the replica Superstars is wrong.

By that, we mean that the fake shoes have their toe box being too curvy and arched up too high to the front side.

On the other hand, the authentic Superstar Adidas shoes have their toe box flatter, as it isn’t that much curvy and arched up as the fake shoes’ toe box.

How can I spot fake Adidas Superstar in 60 seconds?

There are situations where you may be unable to go through each detailed step explained above when you need to authenticate your Adidas Superstars.

That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your sneakers. Below are the top 8 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake pair of sneakers or original Adidas manufactured Superstar shoes.

  1. Check the size tag inside each of your shoes, as no replica Adidas Superstar pair has the text at the right thickness
  2. Look at the shoes from the back, because the fake shoes always have their text and stitching flawed in terms of thickness
  3. Verify your shoes for their “SUPERSTAR” text, as the counterfeit-manufactured pairs have their text improperly font-weighted and placed too far away from the 3-striped Adidas logo
  4. Examine the stitching line that crosses the side of your shoes. Mostly, the fake Adidas Superstar sneakers have their line improperly curved
  5. Check the text on the exterior side of the tongue on your Adidas Superstars, since most of the fake pairs have their text too thin
  6. Brief the thickness of the laces on your Adidas Superstars. The fake shoes commonly have their laces too thin
  7. Authenticate the stitching on the midsole of your Superstar Adidas shoes. In most cases, the fake shoes will have their stitching too thin and too long, rather than the authentic look which is thicker and shorter
  8. Look at your shoes’ toe box, as most of the fake pairs have their toe box too curvy and arched up too much

Where can I get my Adidas Superstar authenticated? The Adidas authentication service

If you need help with the authentication of your Adidas Superstars, we’ve got you covered. 

All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your Adidas Superstar sneakers and we will get back to you with the results within 24 to 48 hours. The results will also come with a report on why we believe your sneakers are fake or authentic.

That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Adidas Superstar sneaker legit check guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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