The Ultimate Real Vs Fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred (Black Red) Guide

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Want to learn how to spot fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred (Core Black Red) CP9652?

We are the only company that writes full, exhaustive authentication legit check guides for sneakers, covering as many details as possible: from the shoe’s sole to the size tag and the way the laces are positioned.

The short answer to how to spot fake Yeezy Bred is: you will need to look out for inconsistencies on the size tag, from fuzzy lines to poor quality of printing on the label to the misplaced letters and so on. If anything looks amiss on the size tag, then you can be certain you are looking at a fake pair Yeezy 350 V2 Core Black/Red.

It might be hard to tell real vs fake Yeezy Bred, so we’ve attached below detailed comparisons with both authentic and replicas, just so you can understand easier.

We’ve written hundreds of guides on many different sneakers and streetwear clothing items, as we’re aiming at creating the biggest library of legit check guides.

Follow this guide to find out for yourself how to authenticate these sneakers, along with answers to different questions you might have.

Why create a fake vs real Yeezy Bred guide?

A couple of years after it was released, the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred still remains one of the most coveted sneakers in the Adidas Yeezy line.

However, with that much popularity comes a drawback – fake sneakers produced by fake manufacturers and scammers who want capitalize on the popularity of the sneakers and take advantage of the customers who do not know any better.

That said, you do not want to spend your money on a fake pair of sneakers which is why it is essential that you know how to differentiate a fake from the original.

This is why we’ve created the Legit Check App and the company in itself — to prevent people from getting scammed. Make sure you download our app where you’ll find many other guides properly organised and curated.

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How have we created this Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred Real Vs Fake Guide?

Before putting together this article, we had analysed thousands of pairs of fake and real Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred sneakers.

We’re doing the due research every day, as newer versions of fakes come out. With this well detailed legit check guide, we can help you avoid purchasing knock offs and low-quality replicas from fake manufacturers.

Spotting the difference between real and fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred sneakers is actually a lot easier than you might imagine. Check out our step by step guide below to get the visual explanation

Fake vs real Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Core Black/Red (Bred)

Step 1: Scan the barcode on the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred box label

We have a detailed article explaining the barcode test, but we will summarize it in this post with authentic and fake Yeezy Bred examples.

When fake manufacturers create a replica of the original Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred, one of the many aspects they do not pay attention to is the barcode on the box.

The reason is simple: a lot of people discard the packaging once they unbox the sneakers so these fake manufacturers do not care to put effort into the barcode on a box that will be discarded soon afterwards.

That’s thankfully something very good for us, since scanning the barcode can weed out 95% of the fake Yeezy Bred.

Why is this barcode scan function so helpful? Every colourway and size has an accompanying unique barcode.

This means that the barcode attached to Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra in size 5 will be different from the barcode assigned to a size 8 of the same product.

What happens is that fake manufacturers do not spend precious time and money trying to get the barcode right for every shoe they replicate. Instead, they are always more focused on trying to make the sneakers as identical as they possibly can and this is why this test is almost always fool-proof.  

So how do you scan the barcode? You can do this using the Legit Check App’s barcode scan function.

The barcode scanner on the app provides a fast and effective way to scanning the barcode on your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred box to verify its authenticity.

But before that, there’s a very important caveat we need to highlight as our words have sadly been manipulated by those who sell fakes as authentic pairs:

Scanning a barcode and noticing in the results the same colourway does not automatically mean the sneaker is authentic. Moreover, simply finding the same size and colourway does not mean the sneaker is authentic — a broken clock is right twice a day. The purpose of this test is to quickly weed out fakes

How To Scan Your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred With The Legit Check App?

First of all, you will need to download and install the Legit Check App on the phone you agree going to use to scan the barcode.

Once you are done with the installation process and you are ready to scan, tap on the barcode scan icon on the app and focus in on the barcode of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred box.

Now, determining the authenticity of your sneakers from the results of the barcode scan is where your judgement will come into play.

If there are several confirmations on Google for your particular barcode, (including the colourway and size combination), then you can assume the box is from the original manufacturers.  If your scan results look like the image below, then the box is most likely authentic.

Now, note that we say the “box” not the sneakers itself because there is still the possibility that fake sneakers may come in the original packaging — we need to take into account every single scenario possible in this universe so as to back our claim that we’re making the most exhaustive guides.

On the other hand if you scan the barcode of your Yeezy V2 350 Bred box and the Google result page looks like the one in the image below, then it means that the Yeezy Boost 350s V2 Bred scanned are not authentic. As such you can be certain you have a fake pair of sneakers with you.

It is important to understand that your barcode can only be deemed to be authentic when both the size and the colourway combination match the pair you scanned.

If the barcode results to other colourways of the V2, or even if it is the same colourway but with a size that does not match that of the sneakers you scanned, then it is still not an authentic pair.

Pay close attention: simply finding the same colourway does not automatically mean the sneaker is authentic. Moreover, simply finding the same *size and colourway* does not mean the sneaker is authentic — a broken clock is right twice a day. The purpose of this test is to quickly weed out the fake barcodes that don’t get an aspect right.

The purpose of this test is to quickly weed out fakes: if any anomaly occurs, such as:

  1. Another colourway is returned multiple time
  2. Same colourway is returned but in multiple sizes
  3. Nothing relevant is returned, just like the example above

Then you’re looking at a fake. If that’s not the case, keep on using our further comparisons in this guide.

If anything we’ve said was not clear, be sure to check our full barcode scan test guide here — what we’ve done so far is simply put in front of you the short story.

Step 2: Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred size tag fake vs real comparison

Once you have scanned the barcode, you can then proceed to unbox the package to check the sneakers themselves for authenticity.

Checking and inspecting the details of the size tag is one of the easiest ways of detecting is the sneakers are real or fake.

First of all, the overall quality of the fake is lower compared to the original quality, however, that is not the only difference in the size tags.

Please note that each colourway in the Yeezy Boost 350 line has its own unique set of misprints and as such, what authenticates the V2 Bred may not necessarily be the same for other colourways.

For the size tag of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred, we have pointed out 12 inconsistencies which we will share with you below.

Now, while 12 indicators may seem alarming for such a small size tag, if you really want to spot the difference between a fake size tag and the real one produced by Adidas, then you must understand that the devil is in the details.

So what are the 12 indicators in the size tag that can help you differentiate between a fake pair and the authentic pair of sneakers?

1. The “Made In China” Label Print.

The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred is produced in China as you will find indicated at the top of the size tag. While it may not be that easy to tell the difference between the letters on the real size tag and the fake one, there are subtle differences between the two.

First off, on closer inspection, you will notice that the letters on the fake are slightly bolder compared to the thinner ones of the real size tag.

The letters are also more widely spaced out on the replica size tag while the spacing in the real one is more even to give a more organized and authentic look.

2. The “US UK FR JP CHN” Print Text

On the second row, just below the “Made In China” text is the “US UK FR JP CHN” which is used to indicate the different sizing labels for the respective countries.

Just like in the previous row, the US UK FR JP CHN text on the second row is thicker on the fakes than it is on the real size tag.

While the text is printed above the table lines to make it look like the letters are floating on the real tag, the letters on the fake are quite close to the table lines, with very little space between the letters and the line below it.

You may also notice slight ink blotting on the “S” of the US, an indication of the poor quality printing on the label.

3. The APE Number Print

Here, having either CLU or APE inscriptions is okay.

Both of these texts are found on the replicas, therefore they’re not reliable tells for differentiating between the fake and real Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black Red (Bred).

On the authentic pair of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred, you will notice a small and almost negligible dot on the top of the Adidas logo.

This dot is, however, missing on the fake, another indication of poor attention to detail in replicas.

5. The Adidas Copyright ® Location

The next indicator to look for out for is the location of the Adidas Copyright ® symbol. If it is a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred, you will notice the ® symbol touching the “s” on the Adidas logo, which is often as a result of ink blotting.

Sometimes, it just looks like a black circle with no legibility.

On the original, however, the printing is of higher quality so there is no ink blotting and you will see the ® entirely legible and clearly spaced from the “adidas” text.

6. The slash on the MALE/MÂLE Text Print

On the fifth row on the size tag is the MALE/MÂLE. On the original Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred sneakers you will notice that the letters are closely printed such that the slash in the text is almost touching the “E” and “M”.

On the fake size tag, however, the letters are clearly spaced out so there is a distinction in where the slash begins and stops.

7. The UPC/EAN Code Text Print

The UPC/EAN code is the serial number with a hashtag on the second to the last row of the size tag.

If you notice that the  UPC/EAN code on the size tag does not match what is on the box label, there’s no need worry — some original pairs come like this. We’re pointing out that we’re not considering this as a reliable tell on how to spot a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred.

However, what you should be on the lookout for here is any sign of poor printing quality. In the original size tag, the numbers are thinner while the text in the counterfeit tag has a bolder style.

8. The Font on the ART or FU

The row above the UPC/EAN Code is the ART code.

Again, the poor quality of printing on the size tags of the fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred is a lot bolder than the printing on the authentic pair which is significantly thinner and smaller.

9. The appearance of MALE/MÂLE text print

Going back to the fifth row of the size tag where the MALE/MÂLE text print is, if you have the fake sneakers, then you will notice a bolder and thicker shape in the appearance of the text.

However, in the original pair, with the finer and better quality of printing, the text is thinner and slightly longer.

10. The font on the 11/16 serial numbers

Beside the CLU/APE inscriptions are two serial numbers used to indicate the production date. Here, the font on the original side tag differs from what is found on the replica.

On the original version of the Yeezy Bred, the numbers are slightly bigger than the figures on the fake tag.

Also, on the real tag, the slash that separates the numbers is interrupted in the middle but the one on the fake sneakers run uninterrupted all the way to the end.

It is pertinent to note that the production date can vary and as such, we don’t consider whatever numbers are written here as a reliable tell of authenticating the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black Red (Bred).

Yet again, what we want to notice is whether there’s any inconsistency in text printing quality.

11. The spacing between “I” and “N” in “CHINA”

Going back to the top row on the size tag where the “Made In China” text print is, if you have a replica of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred, you will spot an extra space between “I” and “N” in “CHINA”.

On the authentic pair, however, the letters are all evenly spaced, an indication of the attention to detail.

12. The appearance of the “C” in “CHINA”

Still on the first row, another inconsistency you will notice in the letters is in the appearance of the “C”.

In the original size tag, the  C is well in line with the other letters, in size and style.

However, on the replica, the C is thicker and weirdly spaced out from the rest of the text.

Step 3: Fake vs real Yeezy Boost Core Black/Red box comparison

Once you are done checking out the size tag of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred, for the third step of the authentication process we’ll inspect the packaging the sneakers came in, that is the box.

You will must have already scanned the barcode at this point so the two other indicators of authenticity you will look out for on the box will be the size and the appearance of the serial number on the label.

There are general guidelines to follow when you want to determine the authenticity of a pair Yeezy Boost 350 Bred. If you want to read the full story of how to spot the fake Yeezy box, read the article here. Yet again, we will cover the main points with specific Bred examples below.

As we said, for the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Core Black/Red, the two main indicators of authenticity are in the size and the appearance of the text.

As highlighted in the image, for the fake pair, on the left side of the label which features the size of the sneakers, the size being “10 ½”, “44 2/3”, “10” and the “US” text at the top left corner are clearly misaligned.

The text itself is almost touching the table line above it compared the text on the authentic box which is clearly separated from the table line and well-aligned.

On the original box, the “US” is also significantly thinner than the one on the fake box which is way too thick.

In the middle column of the label, which displays the “CP9652” and “CBLACK/CBLACK/RED” text, the text area on the fake is also misaligned and the text is slightly thinner and fainter compared to the inscriptions on the authentic box which has bold and equal-sized print.

In the last column you’ll find the serial number of the sneakers. Yeezy Boost 350s are released in two versions – the US version and the international (Canadian/European) version.

For the US version, the sneaker size for the US is featured in large print with two other sizes, F – France and UK – United Kingdom in small prints. Thus three sizes in all.

On the international version of the sneakers, six sizes are featured on the box (US, UK, F, D, J and CHN), all with equal-sized print.

Now, the US version which only features three sizes will always have serial numbers that end with a V02 or a V03.

The international version with six sizes, on the other hand, will have serial numbers that end with a V10.

That said, if your box is the US version with a serial number that ends with V10 or an international version with a serial number that ends with V02, then it is very likely you have a replica of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred.

For a more detailed review of how to spot a fake Yeezy Boost  350 by looking at the box, dont forget to read the full story.

Step 4: Check for inconsistencies in the way your Yeezys are laced

Another way of differentiating between the authentic and fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred is in the lacing style. Take a look at the images below, comparing the lacing in the authentic sneaker to the replica.

Let us recap the situation:

If you have the original pair of sneakers:

On the right shoe, the right lace should go underneath the left lace. In the left shoe, the left lace should go underneath the right one.

If you have a fake pair of sneakers:

On the right shoe, the left lace may go underneath the right lace and in the left shoe, the right lace may go underneath the left one.

These may seem like small and insignificant details but they can be very important when you need to determine the originality of your sneakers.

Nonetheless, it is essential to understand that this method of authenticity can only be applied to deadstock (brand new) Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred pairs.

If you are buying a second hand pair, then there is the possibility that the previous owner may have completely un-laced and re-laced them at some point.

Also, it is also possible that the fake manufacturers can lace the sneakers to make them look like an authentic pair, as such this lace check is not a fool proof or reliable check for authenticity.

However, it will weed out a lot of fakes instantly, since no authentic Yeezys come laced like that.

Step 5: Real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred insole comparison

Inspecting the insole of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred can help you determine if it is a fake or an original pair.

For this colourway, when inspecting the insole, there are three main indicators you should pay attention to: the front, side text, the insole’s indentation and the print on the rear side.

Each one spots minute differences that will help you identify a replica from the real sneakers. So what differences should you be looking out for?

  • Adidas Text on the Front of the Insole

The letters on the fake pair are slightly thinner than the text on the original pair. The text on the fake pair is also more rounded than they should be, as especially noticeable on the “i” letter which have rounded corners, whereas authentic pairs have sharply printed square edges.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred Insole Fake vs Real Guide
  • Adidas Trefoil Logo Outline

The Adidas Trefoil logo is no exception, spotting small inconsistencies you can use to identify a replica of the V2 Bred. On the replica, the trefoil logo has rounded corners on the bottom while the authentic trefoil logo has sharp edges.

You will notice a serial number printed on the side of the Yeezy Boost V2 Bred Insole. On the authentic pair, this text is thinner and the letters are evenly spaced out, giving it a well defined and sharp look. However, on the fake, the text is significantly bolder and bigger than the original.

  • Side Text on the Insole
  • Indentation on the Insole

The authentic pair of the Yeezy Boost V2 Bred spots multiple well-defined indentations on the side of the insole, whereas the replicas come with just a single indentation.

  • Print on the rear side of the insole

On the rear side of the insole, we can notice a few things that stand out on the fake Yeezy Bred insole:

  1. Highlighted with the top and left emojis — there’s more space between the Adidas trefoil logo and the hexagonal pattern on the authentic insole
  2. Highlighted on the bottom — the Adidas text is slightly different in shape and size
  3. Highlighted on the right — the ® character is not fully printed on the fake insole print

Step 6: Check the BOOST sole of the Yeezy 350 V2 Bred

The form of the boost sole on the bottom of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred can help you determine if you have an authentic pair or not.

On the authentic pair, the boost sole is quite “bubbly” in terms of structure and there is less differentiation between the boost pellets.

You will also see that the striped circles on the boost are more prominent and better defined.

On the replica however, the striped circles have a more structured and mathematical pattern in their arrangement, which missed the randomness of the pattern printing as in the original boost sole.

For more details on how to differentiate between the fake and original sneakers, you can read our article here for an in-depth explanation on how to spot the differences in boost soles for this specific release.

Step 7: Check how translucent the sole of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred is

Another indicator of originality in the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred is its sole.

You will need to carry out this inspection in bright natural light and not under artificial light for the best and most accurate results.

If you have an original pair, then the sole should be translucent.

However, on the replicas, the sole of the sneakers is going to be slightly opaque, especially around the heel of the sole.

Step 8: Inspect the Adidas logo on the sole of Yeezy Bred

We also recommend checking the Adidas text printed on the sole of your sneakers.

For the fakes, the Adidas text is printed with lower quality factory equipment and the trefoil logo is also not as detailed and well defined. You will also notice that the embossing is very surface, not going as deep as it should.

On the authentic sole, you will see that the lines on the Adidas logo are pretty sharp and defined compared to the barely distinguishable ones on the replicas.

Step 9: Fake vs real SPLY-350 text printing

A core red “SPLY-350” branding is embroidered on both sides of the sneakers and this text can serve as an indicator when you want to check for authenticity of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred.

On the replica, the tail on the Y is quite short, it almost looks like a V.

This is a difference that stems from the lack of precision of the equipment used by the fake manufacturers compared to the precise and accurate equipment used by Adidas to produce the very legible Y on the original sneakers.

Step 10: Authentic vs replica Yeezy Bred shape comparison

While the real and fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred may look quite similar at first, there are certain differences between them that can help you determine which pair of sneakers is fake and which pair isn’t.

The first indicator of a replica is in the length of the tongue.

The tongue on the fakes is usually longer than the one in authentic pairs. The tongue on the replicas may also be slightly more rigid compared to the more flexible structure on a real pair.

Thus, if your sneakers have an elongated tongue with a not so easily adjustable construction, then it is very likely you have a fake product.

It’s important to stress that it might be difficult to spot some of these differences without our comparison images. To the untrained eye, nothing might look amiss even if you put a fake and real pair side by side.

That is why we recommend that you download our app, where we organized all this information (along with other fake vs real guides for streetwear items) properly so that you will be able to pull up this visual comparison fast anytime you need to.

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Whether it is a purchase at a physical store or buying the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred online, we’ve organised all these areas of a sneaker (lace, size tag, etc.) into quickly-accessible shortcuts.

How can I spot fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred in 60 seconds?

While these 10 steps to authenticating your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred may seem overwhelming, it really isn’t. You can effectively check for the originality of your sneakers in just 60 seconds using the top indicators outlined below.

  1. Scan the barcode on the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred box label to see if it passes the barcode.
  2. Check the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred size tags for inconsistencies, blotting and ink bleeding.
  3. Inspect the box of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred to see if the serial numbers and sizes match our map attached above.
  4. Check if the lacing style follows the “right lace under in right shoe” and “left lace under in left shoe” pattern.
  5. Inspect the insole for the appearance of the indentation and text.
  6. The boost sole of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred should be bubbly.
  7. Check for the translucency of the sole on the V2 350 Bred.
  8. Look out for inconsistencies in the Adidas Logo on the sole of the V2 350 Bred
  9. Inspect the SPLY-350 lettering on sides of the sneakers.
  10. The tongue on the original 350 V2 Bred should be smaller.

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If you need help with the authentication of your Yeezy Boost 350 Bred, we’ve got you covered.

Should you not be confident in your ability to follow this guide, all you have to do is send us high-quality pictures of your V2 Bred 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.

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We do charge for this service — as much as it doesn’t make business sense for us to say this, we encourage you to learn with our free guides how to authenticate these sneakers, instead of using our paid service.

Why? Once you get the grasp of it, you’ll have a skill that will help you save money and decide for yourself whether the pair you’re getting is authentic or not.

If time is a constraint or you’re not entirely confident on your ability to spot out the fake, we’ve started offering this service due to public demand.

That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Bred guide. Thank you for reading this — we will continue to update this article as better and newer versions of fakes are released.


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