How To Spot Fake Adidas Ultraboost (2024)

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

The best way to spot a fake Adidas Ultraboost is to inspect for the main inconsistency that warns of a less than authentic pair. The top indicator you should be checking is the size tag, where the style and text can differentiate between a real and replica Ultraboost.

You are in the right place if you wish to know how to spot the fake vs real Adidas Ultraboost sneakers.

In fact, we are here today to teach you how to spot fake Adidas Ultraboostsneakers in fourteen simple steps with our ultimate guide.

Before everything, we would like to mention that this real vs fake Adidas Ultraboost guide applies to every colourway of the Adidas Ultraboost sneakers.

Now that you’ve got the main idea of what we are about to talk about today, let’s get to the seven steps on how to spot fake Adidas Ultraboost sneakers.

How to know if your Ultraboost is real or fake

You can know if your Ultraboost is real or fake by checking the size tag. A fake pair always has thicker inscriptions, while a real one has thin text.

Let’s check out the size tags in this guide!

1. Size tag

1.1. The “MADE IN CHINA” text

  • The fake text is too thick.
  • The fake “M” and “D” in the word “MADE” make it most obvious.

On the authentic size tag, the characters are printed with better precision compared to the poor quality of printing on the replicas.

1.2 The “US UK FR JP CHN” Print Text

  • The fake pair’s row of text is too thick once again.

Notice how the real pair’s text is thinner.

1.3. The ART Number

  • The fake pair’s ART letters and numbers are too thick.
  • The “A” in “ART” on the fake tag has this jagged appearance which looks quite different from the “A” in the original Ultraboost size tag.

1.4. The copyright symbol

  • The fake pair’s size tag has the “®” character sitting on top of the “s” in “Adidas”.
  • This is a result of ink pooling, a sign of poor print quality on fakes.

On the authentic size tag, you will notice that the ® character is well spaced out from the Adidas text.

1.5. The round sticker

  • The fake Ultraboosts have the round size tag sticker placed on top of the square size tag.

A real pair’s round sticker shouldn’t overlap with the main, square label.

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2. Rear shape

  • The fake pair’s overall shape in the middle side is too big.
  • The fake shoes have a larger look than the real ones.

On the other hand, the authentic Ultraboost sneakers have their shape from the rear angle looking thinner and less fat than the shape of the replica Ultraboost sneakers.

3. Toe box

  • The counterfeit Ultraboost sneakers have their toe box too little inflated.
  • The fake toe box has a thin look.
  • The fake toe box is not arched as much as it has to be. The fake one is too close to the ground.

The authentic sneakers’ toe box area looks more arched and lifted up, while the fake Ultraboost sneakers have their toe box looking less curvy and smaller.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

4. Side logo

  • On the counterfeit Ultraboost sneakers, the “ultra boost” text is too thick.

This flaw is the most visible on the letter “a”, which on the fake sneakers is thicker on the vertical leg than the one on the authentic sneakers, and on the letter “s” which is obviously a lot thicker than the one on the authentic Ultraboost sneakers.

This problem appears on the fake sneakers due to the amount of paint that is filled into the letters, and almost every time, turning them into looking too thick on the fake Adidas Ultraboost pairs.

5. Reflective tongue (3M)

  • The fake shoes don’t glow properly.
  • They only look lightened up just a bit, while the authentic shoes have a more powerful reflectiveness.

In this case, you can see how the replica Adidas Ultraboost sneakers have their 3M reflecting areas looking less defined than the authentic sneakers’ reflective parts.

Shortlist: Authenticate your Ultraboosts in 30 seconds

  1. Check the Adidas Ultraboost size tag for inconsistencies in the printing quality.
  2. Verify the shape from the rear side. Mostly, the counterfeit Adidas Ultraboost sneakers have a fatter and bulkier shape from the rear side.
  3. Analyze the toe box area of the sneakers. Most of the time, the fake sneakers have their toe boxes looking either overinflated, which makes the fake Adidas Ultraboost pairs look less curvy on the toe box area.
  4. Inspect the “ultra boost” text on the side of the Ultraboosts. Mostly, the counterfeit Ultraboost sneakers have their “ultra boost” print on the side of the sneakers looking a lot thicker than it has to be.
  5. Look at the 3M reflective tongue of the Adidas Ultraboost. Mostly, the fake Adidas Ultraboost sneakers have a poorer quality in the reflecting material.

There are situations where you may be unable to go through each detailed step explained in the full guide above on how to spot fake Adidas Ultraboost shoes when you need to authenticate your Adidas Ultraboosts.

That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your sneakers.

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All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your Adidas Ultraboost 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 Ultraboost 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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David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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