The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Static Reflective (EF2367) model was released on the 26th of December 2018, while the Yeezy Static Non-Reflective version (EF2905) was released one day later, on the 27th of December 2018.
Given that both pairs of shoes resell for over $350, it’s understandable why fake Yeezy Reflective have been popping up on the market, hoping to dupe an unsuspecting sneaker collector into spending hundreds of dollars on a cheap replica.
Why are Yeezys so expensive? The shoes are so costly firstly because of the reputation of Kanye West, but also because they’re famously well-sought after and a quality product. The simple fact that demand massively outruns supply makes this pair of sneakers gain a resell value.
As a consequence of the demand for these sneakers and the high numbers of replicas out there on the market, we’ve created a fake vs real Yeezy Static legit check guide.
This guide aims to show clearly how to spot fake Yeezy 350 V2 Static Reflective and Non Reflective, with examples and pictures.
Even if you think you know the authenticity status of your shoe, it never hurts to double-check when dealing with something so valuable.
The quickest way to find out whether a pair of Yeezy 350 V2 Statics Reflective or Non-Reflective (EF2367 & EF2905) is real or fake is to check the size tag for inconsistencies. No blotting or ink bleeding should be present on any real pair of Yeezy Static. That aside, you will want to look at the way the Yeezy Statics are laced and the way the insole inscriptions are printed. It may sound confusing without pictures, hence why we’ve added fake vs real Yeezy Static comparisons below.
Without any further ado, let’s jump into the comparison guide.
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Scanning the barcode on the real vs fake box of a Yeezy 350 V2 Static can determine whether a pair of sneakers is fake in a couple of seconds, as a correct barcode is often a detail left off of a fake.
95% of fake and replica Yeezy Boost V2 Static Reflective and Non-Reflective fail this test. However, with resellers starting to pay more attention to details we need to take extra steps in authenticating for a 100% pass.
You can read the full story about how to use the barcode test over here. In this article, we’ll tell the short story of the barcode test with practical examples of fake vs real Yeezy Static. Please make sure you read the full story if anything explained below is not clear.
The reason behind why the barcode test is failed is because it increases the cost of producing the fake version of the Yeezy Statics, and it cuts into the profits that a fake producer can make.
Scanning the barcode works because each shoe and size of the shoe will have an individual code that is completely unique to that size and colourway.
Every legitimate sneaker will have this special code whilst fakes often don’t bother to include the correct code — this, in turn, proves itself as a very reliable tell on how to spot fake Yeezy Static Non-Reflective or Reflective.
Using the Legit Check App, go to the home screen and click on the barcode icon to access the barcode scanner.
Aim at the barcode and it should put the number at the bottom into a Google search, revealing the results.
Here’s where you have to judge for yourself — if there are some or a lot of confirmations on Google for that code (thus, the size-colourway combination), the box is authentic.
However, it doesn’t mean the shoe is definitely legit — anything is possible, including a scammer taking the original box and swapping them with fake shoes.
The picture attached above shows what happens when one scans an authentic barcode. As we can see, there are multiple confirmation points attached to that code.
In other words, the code indeed matches codes found as well on Yeezy Static Non Reflective in the US 9.5 size.
Let’s see what happens when we scan a fake Yeezy Static box barcode.
As we can see, the barcode on this counterfeit Yeezy Static box was simply invented. There are no confirmation points for this specific pair, luckily for us.
Some fake box labels, though, will return results. What you need to check is whether the size and colourway paired together come up in the results.
Let us highlight this again: the purpose of this test is to weed out the 95% fakes and nothing more.
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 fakes
The purpose of this test is to quickly weed out fakes: if any anomaly occurs, such as:
Then you’re looking at a fake. If that’s not the case, keep on using our further comparisons in this guide. If there’s any doubt about the barcode test, have a look at the full story here.
When it comes to the size tag, all fakes will attempt to copy the authentic version.
Since cheaper machines are used by counterfeit manufacturers, the size tags are distinguishable from an authentic Yeezy Static size tag, since they come with lower quality printing.
Why does this phenomenon happen?
It’s simple: if Adidas uses machines in their factory that cost £10m (this is just an imaginary number for the sake of exemplifying), fake producers will settle for a cheaper machine. But that is the effect, not the cause.
The cause is the following: getting the size tag right is a 99th percentile problem for replica creators. What they care about is getting the exterior replicated correctly, since those who buy fakes don’t fully care about minor details.
Luckily for us, that grants us the possibility of spotting out a fake easily by paying close attention to inconsistencies in text printing quality.
Below is a list of a fake vs real Yeezy Static size tag comparison that we’ve drawn out. However, the comparison is not meant to be taken as a recipe, since fake size tags will vary when it comes to the flaws they put out.
Rather, the point of our comparison is to teach you how to spot out inconsistent text or low-quality-printing tells.
Let’s analyse together the real vs fake Yeezy 350 V2 Static Reflective or Non-Reflective size tag.
In the process on analyzing how to spot fake Yeezy Static Reflective or Non-Reflective, the appearance of the counterfeit tags may vary.
Since we can’t predict what the replica manufacturers will put out, we need to draw your attention to the differences that will always be found on the fake Yeezy Static size tags: ink blotting, different font weight, different spacing between letters etc.
Flipping the shoes over allows us to closely inspect the way the BOOST sole pellets look like.
The first thing to look out for in order to legit check the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Static Reflective or Non-Reflective is the shape of the boost pellets.
On an authentic version, there should be little differentiation between the pellets, thus leading to a more “bubbly” look.
There is little differentiation between the pellets and the striped circles have a better definition on the authentic boost sole. Study the images below to understand the difference better visually:
Another tell is that the striped circles on a fake will be arranged into a regular position whereas on a real model they will be dotted around with no sign of any specific order.
On some rare occasions, authentic examples will have a “mathematical” order — however, the striped circles could be rotated. Fake boost soles tend to keep the same pattern since they’re massively produced with no regards to variations.
Box labels are often a good way to check whether any Yeezy is fake or real.
Just like the barcode test above, we’ve written an at-length timeless guide on how to spot the fake vs real Yeezy box, yet we’ll explain the short story below with real vs fake Yeezy Static visual examples.
By checking the box label, you benefit from the bonus of being able to check without touching the shoes, getting rid of any risk of the sneaker being tarnished or damaged.
However, the information given below is, just like the barcode test, not automatically granting a pair the authentic status. Rather, it’s a very quick way to spot out a fake in a couple of seconds.
It is worth mentioning that real Yeezy 350 V2 Static Reflective (EF2367) or Yeezy Static Non-Reflective (EF2905) boxes will have a varying label, depending on where in the world they were released.
When checking to see whether the box label is real or not, look at the number in the bottom right corner and the amount of sizes listed in relation to where you got the shoes from.
If there are six sizes displayed on the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Static box (US, UK, F, D, J and CHN), then the ending serial number should end with a V10.
However, if there are three sizes shown on the box (US – The United States, F – France and UK – The United Kingdom), then the serial number should end with a V02 or a V03.
Any other combination (US box label with V10 is a common combination for a fake) or anomaly instantly reveals a fake.
We’re highlighting once again that a pair with the right V02/V03/V10 and box label type combination doesn’t automatically reveal an authentic pair. If anything is unclear in the short story we’ve covered, make sure you read the full story here.
The steps we’ve written so far are the best ways on how to authenticate this item.
The tells listed below this point are still reliable signs of authenticity, but for non-top-versions of replicas available for this item. We recommend sticking to the top tells we’ve explained above this point to make sure you’re not drawing the wrong conclusions.
The way the Yeezy 350 V2 Statics have been laced is a very quick way to tell a real from a fake although this will only work with completely deadstock pairs, as any other pairs will very possibly be laced differently.
When we say deadstock, for those of you who might get confused when reading the term, we’re referring to a pair that is completely new and never worn.
A critical element for a pair of Yeezy Static sneakers in this condition is the way the laces are tied. In the real vs fake Yeezy Static picture below you will be able to see the deadstock knot — yet the fake vs real flaw we will be highlighting in a second has nothing to do with the DS knot.
Have a look at the fake vs real Yeezy Static comparison below:
What we will be pointing out is the way the laces are arranged. Let us zoom in closely so you can fully understand the flaw:
From the image above, you can see that for the original pair of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Static, the right lace of the right shoe (imagine a top-down view, as if you’re wearing the sneakers) should always be underneath.
On the other hand, the left lace of the right shoe should be underneath as well.
In the fake example of the Yeezy Static, you can see how the laces get reverted.
The left lace is placed beneath the right shoe and the right lace placed beneath the left shoe. Fake manufacturers often get the one or both of the laces wrongly assembled and this is a quick tell you should use to your advantage.
However, although this tell is somewhat easy to spot, it is easy for anyone to switch up the lacing of a pair of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Static Reflective or Non-Reflective.
Therefore, keep in mind that this flaw will apply mostly to unworn pairs, since during the lifetime of a worn pair, the wearer(s) might take the laces off and relace the sneakers in the wrong way at one point.
Looking at the sole is another simple tell that works on most fakes of the Yeezy Static.
This might be hard to spot without the comparison pics, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Let us highlight the flaw first:
Looking at the colour of the sole on the 350 V2 in question, you will notice that the replica Yeezy Static may be more opaque. In other words, less light goes through the sole, thus the boost sole is not as visible.
You could even compare your shoe to this image in similar lighting and see which shoe matches up with your own pair.
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.
Whether it is a purchase at a physical store or buying the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Static online, we’ve organized all these areas of a sneaker (lace, size tag, etc.) into quickly-accessible shortcuts.
Both the Yeezy Static reflective and the Yeezy Static Non-Reflective pairs will have 3M (a retro-reflective silver material that glows brightly in low levels of light) materials on the laces.
However, not surprisingly, the fake pairs will commonly use a replicated 3M material, which in consequence causes the shine to be less bright than the original pair.
Why does this happen? Yet again, this will be to save on costs as the fake 3M material costs more than the standard one — a decision where replica Yeezy Static manufacturers will compromise.
As you can see in the picture above, the authentic pair has more of a glow to it when photographed. Although this information applies to both types of shoes, this is just the Yeezy Static Non-Reflective EF2905 fake vs real comparison that we’ve attached.
Let’s have a look at the Yeezy Static Reflective EF2367 fake vs real comparison:
We’ve attached a different kind of comparison than the one above, since the light conditions are not similar in this picture.
Understanding that your case will likely be the same (the light conditions won’t match the authentic example we’ve given), we’ve attached this example to discuss it.
As you can see, the differences in shine on the fake vs real Yeezy Static pair can be spotted in terms of alignment.
The fake pairs seem to have more of a random distribution of reflective material, while the authentic one seems to have it well-aligned.
The lines are pretty straight and mathematically aligned on the real Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Static Reflective example.
The shape of the model, like the 3M richness, is also an easy tell when it comes to how to spot the fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Static Non-Reflective or Reflective.
Looking at the image below, one can spot out how the fake Yeezy Static has a narrower opening for the wearer’s foot.
That aside, the fake models will often have taller tongues compared to the real models. When we say “taller tongue”, it may be hard to put into words, yet what we mean is this: the peak of the shoe’s tongue sits differently when comparing the fake and the real Yeezy Static versions.
As a consequence of the aforementioned tongue, the structure of the sneaker is different.
The Insole on the Yeezy 350 V2 Static is packed with details, so it is a great place to look for mistakes or missed details on counterfeit versions.
First, let’s look at the print found on the rear side of the insoles.
On a fake model, there could be too much of a gap between the Adidas Trefoil logo and the hexagonal pattern next to it.
It is also a good idea to look at the definition of the writing, as the Adidas writing and the R may be less defined on a fake version as well as Adidas being written in a bolder font.
Next up, let’s analyse the text found on the front side of the insoles.
Yet again, we need to keep an eye out for inconsistencies that may vary on fake pairs. For instance, in this example, we can point out this: on the Adidas logo, the A character is less defined on the fake, and the D letter is chipped.
This may be as a result of using cheaper materials that don’t stick as well to the insole.
An authentic pair will always have a sharply-printed trefoil logo, whereas some fakes may have rounded edges on it — we’ve highlighted this with the rightmost hand emoji in both cases.
Last but not least, we need to inspect the text found on the side of the insole.
On the side of the insole, the characters are larger on the fake than on the authentic version.
Because of this, the characters on the fake version are closer together which is most noticeable on the dash character.
This is a dead giveaway for a replica, since it shows how lower quality factory equipment was used to produce these add-ons to the sneaker.
Please note that this flaw only applies to the Yeezy Static Reflective pairs.
Whereas all the other flaws apply to both versions (Reflective and Non Reflective), this is the only step in our exhaustive comparison that only applies to the fully reflective version.
As you can see, the stripe found on the authentic Yeezy 350 V2 Static stops within a decent amount of space before the toe caps of the sneaker pair, so as to reveal more 3M reflective material.
However, fake Yeezy Static Reflective maintain the same pattern found on the Non-Reflective version, which has this stripe ending pretty close to the extreme end of the sneaker.
Make sure you keep an eye out for this flaw, as any Reflective pair that has a very long stripe is a mismatch found only on fake pairs.
If you want to see whether your Yeezy Statics are real but you are in a rush, here are the quickest ways to tell a real from a fake. This may be helpful for in-person meetings, where you need to know whether a pair is real or not quickly.
Here’s what we’d do personally if I’d have 30 seconds to authenticate a pair.
If you have read this guide and are still uncertain about whether your shoe is real or fake, the Legit Check App offers an authentication service to put your mind at ease.
Should you either not be confident in your ability to follow this guide or are simply lacking time, all you have to do is send us high-quality pictures of your V2 Static 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.
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.
That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Static guide. Thank you for reading this — we will continue to update this article as better and newer versions of fakes are released.
Thank you for reading this,
Ch Daniel and Ch David