Real Vs Fake Yeezy Israfil: How To Spot Fakes (Guide)

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

In this guide, we will teach you how to spot fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Israfil”.

Looking at 8 different spots will help us understand what makes real vs fake Yeezy Israfil.

There’s no time to waste.

How to spot fake Yeezy Israfil

You can spot real vs fake Yeezy V2 Israfil by inspecting the size tag within both the left and right pairs.

Many replica Yeezy Israfils often have inscriptions with incorrect font weights.

1. Barcode

All legit Yeezy 350 V2 pairs have a unique combination of:

  • Colorway – Israfil (FZ5421)
  • Style – 350 V2
  • Size – From 4 to 17 (US)

1.1 How to scan

  • Download the Legit Check App
  • Open it
  • Tap on the barcode scanner
  • Inspect your shoebox
Barcode Scan Sneaker Legit Check App

Time for the results.

1.2. Authentic

  • Authentic because the right shoe matches.
  • Yeezy, 350 V2, Israfil, FZ5421, Size US11

Just what we’re looking for!

Now, let’s move on to the fake.

1.3. Fake

  • The barcode doesn’t show any results.
  • No sign of the right shoe…
  • Let alone the colorway, size, and style-code.

Therefore, 100% fake.

Things left unclear? Read our detailed Yeezy barcode guide.

Finding it too hard? Legit check your Yeezys with our experts:

2. Size tag

  • Authentic Yeezy 350 V2 Israfil:
    1. “MADE IN CHINA” text is thinner.
    2. Size number print is thicker.
    3. “ART FZ5421” text is thinner and less bold.
    4. Last line of text on the size tag is thinner.
    5. Date of manufacturing’s print is thinner with even spacing between all characters, including the slash.
    6. “US UK FR JP CHN” text is thinner.
  • Fake Yeezy 350 V2 Israfil:
    1. “MADE IN CHINA” text is improperly bold and thick.
    2. Size number print appears too thin.
    3. “ART FZ5421” text is too thick.
    4. Characters in the last line of the size tag are too thick.
    5. Date of manufacturing’s print is not only too thick but also improperly spaced.
    6. “US UK FR JP CHN” text is too thick.

6. Laces

  • Right Shoe (from wearer’s view): Right laces should be placed below the left laces.
  • Left Shoe (from wearer’s view): Left laces should be placed beneath the right laces.

Let’s look closer:

  • Please note that this particular flaw is only relevant to deadstock pairs (those that are unworn and in factory condition)
  • And pairs that have not had their laces exchanged, with absolute certainty.

If your pair has the spare laces, know that they’re the “regular” shoelaces.

They should come in a cardboard envelope inside your Yeezy box:

Authentic Yeezy Israfil pairs come with “infinity laces” attached to the shoes from factory.

  • Infinity laces are those which you don’t need to tie or make a knot.
  • You just pull them to lace your shoes.

4. Boost sole

4.1. Best replica

  • Authentic: Boost sole’s pellets are randomly positioned.
  • Fake: Boost sole’s pellets are symmetrically and mathematically aligned.

4.2. Mid-level replica

  • Authentic: Boost sole’s pellets are thinner and softer.
  • Fake: Boost sole’s pellets appear too thick and have a rough texture.

4.3. Worse fake

Lastly, in the image above is example of the fake Yeezy Israfil boost sole.

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.

5. Box label

Authentic Yeezy boxes come in two main formats: US & International.

  • US Version:
    • Displays sizes for US (in large print), UK, and F (in smaller prints).
    • Serial number ends with either V02 or V03.
  • International Version:
    • Displays sizes for US, UK, F, D, J, and CHN, all in equal print.
    • Serial number ends with V10.
  • Example:
    • Any deviation from these patterns indicates a fake product.
    • For example, a US version with a serial number ending in V10 is a red flag.

Unclear? We’ve got the most in-depth Yeezy box tutorial.

6. Stitching

  • Authentic: Stitching is thicker, appearing more opaque.
  • Fake: Stitching is too thin, resulting in a less opaque appearance.

7. Tongue

  • Authentic: Tongue opening is longer, curvier, and more arched.
  • Fake: Opening is too short with less arch and curvature.

8. Toe box

  • Authentic: The toe box is thinner and smaller, giving a “deflated” appearance.
  • Fake: An over-inflated toe box is observed, making it appear too massive and thick.

9. Insole

Over here are the adidas x YEEZY logos.

  • Authentic: Inscriptions, from “adidas” to “YEEZY”, have a thicker appearance.
  • Fake: “adidas” and “YEEZY” are too thin.

Shortlist: Legit check your Yeezy Israfil (in 30 seconds)

Short on time? Go through this list:

  1. Barcode: Scan
    • Scan the barcode on your Yeezys and compare the results with online information to ensure a match.
  2. Laces:
    • Examine the laces. On the right shoe, the right side of the lace should go underneath, and on the left shoe, the left side should go underneath, when viewed from a top-down perspective.
  3. Size Tag:
    • Closely review the size tag for any inconsistencies, as mentioned in the fake vs real Yeezy Israfil comparison in this article.
  4. Box Label:
    • Authentic European box labels (displaying 6 sizes) should read “V10”, while authentic US box labels (displaying 3 sizes) should either read “V02” or “V03”.
  5. Toe Box:
    • Counterfeit Yeezys often have a toe box that is excessively arched and curvy.
  6. Tongue:
    • Observe the overall shape of the Yeezys, paying attention to the tongue area, which may be either insufficiently or excessively curved on fake pairs.
  7. Boost Sole:
    • Inspect the boost sole; the pellets on fake pairs often deviate from the correct shape.
  8. Stitching:
    • Look at the middle stitching on your Yeezys. Stitching on fake Israfil Yeezys tends to be too long and thin.
  9. Insole:
    • Examine the insole text, as counterfeit Israfil Yeezys often have improperly weighted fonts on the insole.

Expert Yeezy Israfil authentication

Consider using the Legit Check App’s authentication service for peace of mind.

If you’re either not confident in following this guide or short on time:

  • Send us high-quality pictures of your V2 Israfil.
  • We’ll provide you with results and a detailed report…
  • Explaining the authenticity of your sneakers within 24 to 48 hours.

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Thank you for reading this,

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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