Last Updated on November 24, 2023 by Ch David
Here’s how to legit check a sneaker in a couple of seconds.
If your shoe is recently released, you might want to read the “Barcode Scan” article for new releases.
Otherwise, if your sneaker’s release date is older than 6 months from the moment you’re reading this, read further.
Here’s why the barcode scan test is so important.
Think of it this way: Fake manufacturers will not waste time and money (especially money) on buying every single size of the shoe they replicate.
How do we authenticate through the barcode test, then? We will be checking whether our barcode matches other authentic barcode labels on the market.
We’ll explain below how to do that easily.
Sometimes, though, the barcode is correct on the fake shoe box: a broken clock is right twice a day. If the fake manufacturers bought a retail US9.5, the replica US9.5 will have the correct code — but the rest of the size run will not.
Here’s where the reader has to judge: If there are some or a lot of confirmations on Google for that code (thus, the size-colourway combination), the box is authentic.
However, if the barcode test is passed, it doesn’t mean the pair is definitely authentic — anything is possible, including a scammer taking the original box and swapping them with fake shoes.
A passed barcode test does not automatically classify the pair as authentic. Only a failed barcode test would automatically classify the pair as fake.
The barcode scan test works only one way.
It’d be a mistake to believe a passed barcode test implies that the pair is authentic.
The point, after all, of using the barcode scan test, is to weed out the majority of fakes available on the market.
To put it differently, the point is to prevent you from wasting time on analysing the pair itself, if the barcode test is already failed – that takes you a few seconds, as opposed to the many minutes it’d take you to analyse the pair.
1. Go to our app’s home screen and use this button:
2. Point the camera at the barcode you’ll be authenticating.
This can be on the box, on the extra labels, or any other barcode presence on your shoes.
3. Look at the results and judge whether it’s real or fake.
While you can use the scanning function for a picture of the box label’s barcode, sometimes pics are not high-quality enough for it to work — that’s when you’ll have to type the number in yourself in a Google search.
Read the note at the end of the article if you’re manually typing a Nike barcode.
Here’s what an Adidas barcode scanner test would look like, for the sake of an example.
Linked below is an image of a Yeezy box:
Let’s say we’re barcode scanning these Yeezys above:
Let’s see what happens if we barcode scans a fake pair of Yeezy sneakers.
Here’s a replica box:
And this is the result page for this specific serial number:
Now, let’s try another fake barcode:
For the sake of simplicity, I’ll just attach the result page that pops up after using the Yeezy barcode scanner.
A results page returning multiple confirmation points that match the pair we’re checking indicates an authentic box.
A result page returning either (A) nothing or (B) different size+colourway combinations indicates a fake box.
I wouldn’t recommend going directly to these websites — sometimes they don’t have the full database of sneaker-barcode combinations.
If you, however, see them on the Google results page, they are an important confirmation point.
Alternatively, what you can do is: find a source where you can get pictures with legit pairs of box labels.
Once you do that, compare the serial numbers on the pair you’re checking with what you’ll be seeing on those boxes that you’ve found.
To explain this process visually, please have a look at our example in the “Barcode Scan Legit Check: Recent Releases” guide.
Note for Nike pairs: if you will input manually, sometimes you might be tempted to type in extra numbers, like the “14” below.
If you’re going to input the numbers manually, pay attention to the picture below.
As stated before, if you still have doubts, we’re covering up some more things you should check in order to make up your mind.
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Ch Daniel and Ch David