Yeezy 350 Sand Taupe Real Vs Fake: Expert Guide

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

Welcome to the ultimate Yeezy 350 V2 Sand Taupe (“Eliada”) legit check guide.

Study the 7 best ways to spot real vs fake Yeezy 350 Sand Taupe.

Most importantly, compare your shoes to our comparison images.

How to spot fake Yeezy Sand Taupe

The quickest method to identify counterfeit Yeezy 350 Sand Taupe is to inspect the size tag within the shoe.

Genuine Yeezys feature precisely detailed text with correct character thickness and kerning.

1. Barcode

All authentic Yeezys have a unique set of:

  • Colorway – SANTAU or ELIADA (FZ5240)
  • Style – 350 V2
  • Size – From 4 to 17 (US)

Note: Yeezy Sand Taupe was meant to be called “Eliada” initially.

That’s why some legit boxes may say “SANTAU” and others “ELIADA”.

1.1. How to scan

  • Open the Legit Check App
  • Tap “Barcode scanner”
  • Look up your Yeezy Sand Taupe’s barcode.
Barcode Scan Sneaker Legit Check App

Then you have to look at the results.

You need to look for matches: colorway, size, model.

1.2. Authentic

Authentic because the right pair comes up:

  • Remember the box: it’s a size US9
  • And as you can see the results, they match just right.

1.3. Fake

  • Not enough results => Fake.
  • While the Sand Taupe is visible, no size is available.
  • And then, it’s just one random result.

Things left unclear? See our full Yeezy barcode guide.

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

2. Size tag

  1. “MADE IN CHINA” Inscription:
    • Authentic: The text is thicker and easily discernible.
    • Fake: Text appears too thin in comparison.
  2. “US UK FR JP CHN” Text:
    • Authentic: Text is uniform in thickness with appropriate spacing between characters.
    • Fake: Text is too thin, with noticeable spacing issues, like the distance between “U” and “S”.
  3. Date of Manufacturing Inscription:
    • Authentic: The “06/20” text is thicker.
    • Fake: Text appears too thin.
  4. Shoe Size Text:
    • Authentic: The “1/2” characters are well-detailed and close to the slash.
    • Fake: The “1” and “2” are too thin and placed too far from the slash.

3. Boost sole

3.1. Best

  • Authentic: Pellets are placed in a randomized pattern with various angles and positions, without following a strict line or pattern.
  • Fake: Pellets appear to be “mathematically positioned”, following a noticeable pattern.

3.2. Mid-range

  • Authentic: Pellets are randomly attached to the sole and are sufficiently opaque.
  • Fake: Pellets are too systematically positioned and are not as visible or opaque as those on authentic pairs.

3.3. Lower-quality

  • Authentic: Pellets are sharp, thick, and fully visible around the boost sole.
  • Fake: Pellets are not as visible or sharply defined as those on the authentic pair’s sole.

4. Lacing

  • Left Shoe (Authentic): The lace from the left side goes under the one from the right side.
  • Right Shoe (Authentic): The lace from the right side goes under the one from the left side.

Below are the same real vs fake Yeezy 350 Eliada, but more into detail:

  • Lace Attachment (on new, unworn shoes):
    • Authentic: Laces are attached as described above, following the correct pattern.
    • Fake: Laces are improperly attached (known as “inverted laces”), not following the correct pattern.

Note: This applies only to deadstock pairs (new, unworn, in factory condition) or pairs confirmed not to have had laces removed, swapped, or reattached in a different manner.

Here’s how the spare laces should look:

They should come in a cardboard envelope — inside your main shoebox.

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

Note that all legit Yeezy 350 V2s come into versions:

  • US Version:
    • Label displays three sizes: US (large print), UK, and F (both in smaller print).
  • International Version:
    • Label displays sizes for six countries (US, UK, F, D, J, CHN), all in equal print.
  • US Version:
    • Serial number should end with V02 or V03.
  • International Version (Canadian/European):
    • Serial number should end with V10.

Unclear? Read our 100% detailed Yeezy box guide.

6. Toe box

  • Authentic:
    • Toe box appears thinner and slimmer.
    • Has a curvier structure.
  • Fake:
    • Toe box is bulky and thick.
    • Lacks the appropriate curve, appearing too flat.

7. Insole

Here’s the adidas x YEEZY logo.

  • Authentic:
    • Text inscriptions are appropriately thick.
    • The Adidas 3-Foil logo is well-defined, with each foil being bigger, thinner, and sharper.
  • Fake:
    • All inscriptions, including “adidas” and “YEEZY”, appear too thin.
    • The smallest foil in the Adidas 3-Foil logo is noticeably smaller, curvier, and bulkier, deviating from the authentic design.

Shortlist: Authenticate your Yeezy Eliada

Here are the top 7 indicators to help you determine if your sneakers are genuine or fake:

  1. Scan the barcode; if the results don’t match your sneaker’s model, colorway, and size, it’s likely a fake.
  2. Inspect the size tag inside your Yeezys; replicas often have improperly thick or thin inscriptions.
  3. Verify the boost sole; fake Eliada Yeezys may have incorrectly detailed boost sole pellets.
  4. Check the laces’ attachment; replicas may have inverted laces.
  5. Examine the box label inscription; some fakes have incorrect region-specific inscriptions like “V10,” “V02,” or “V03.”
  6. Inspect the toe box for thickness and curvature; replicas tend to have thicker and less curved toe boxes.
  7. Review the insole for text and details; many fake pairs have inaccurately placed and sized insole details.”

Expert Yeezy 350 Sand Taupe legit check service

If you lack confidence in following this guide or are short on time:

  • Simply send us high-quality pictures of your Yeezy 350 Sand Taupe.
  • We’ll provide results within 24 to 48 hours…
  • Accompanied by a detailed report explaining whether we believe your sneakers are genuine or fake.

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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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