Do you want to wear sneakers that will make you glow in the literal sense of the word? Then you might be interested in the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel.
These sneakers have sold like crazy since their release and if you intend to get one for yourself, then you should ensure that you are getting the original V2 Yeezreel and not a replica.
To help you not to be scammed, we have created this Ultimate Guide to the Fake vs Real Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel Comparison with images to help you differentiate an authentic V2 Yeezreel from the fakes.
This 10-step legit check guide will explain the ways you can identify a replica of the V2 Yeezreel.
The quickest way to check for authenticity on your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel is by inspecting the size tag and the box label of the sneakers.
The size tag features several inconsistencies including fuzzy lines and ink blotting due to the poor quality of printing.
For the box label, the fake label may display an incorrect size code that doesn’t match the version of your sneakers. Spotting just one of these inconsistencies is enough confirmation that you have a fake Yeezy Boost V2 Yeezreel.
In addition to the size tag and box label, 11 other indicators can help you determine the authenticity of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel. We have analyzed all 11 indicators along with images to help you differentiate authentic sneakers from their replicas.
At the end of this guide, you will find a quick 11 step fast check solution on how to identify a fake pair of Yeezy V2 Yeezreel.
Below, we have explained step by step, the indicators to look out for when you want to verify the authenticity of your sneakers.
Once you have the V2 Yeezreel, the first thing you need to do to confirm its authenticity is to scan the barcode.
Because the fake resellers do not put the necessary effort into duplicating the barcode, we consider it a reliable indicator when you need to confirm the authenticity status of your sneakers.
We recommend using the Legit Check App to scan the barcode of your Yeezreels.
When you scan the barcode, the Legit Check App will run your unique barcode against that of other Yeezy sneakers. It is important to know every sneaker in the Yeezy-Adidas collection has a unique barcode that relates to a specific combination of:
First of all, download and install the Legit Check App on your mobile device.
Then tap on the barcode scan icon and focus on the barcode on the box label of the Yeezy V2 Yeezreel.
Now, from the results the app will show you, you will need to look for matches that confirm the authenticity status of your Yeezy Boost V2 Yeezreel.
As is shown in the picture below, if there are lots of confirmation points on the result page for the barcode you scanned, then it most certainly means the box label was manufactured by Adidas and hence, the box is authentic.
However, if the results look like the second picture below, where the results do not match the size-colorway combination, then you are most likely dealing with a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel.
Please note that only a perfect size+colourway match that reflects with the size and colorway on your box label signifies originality.
If either the size or colorway match but not both, then your box is still not an original.
Please note that the results of the barcode scanning only confirms the authenticity of the box and not the sneakers itself.
This is because there are cases, where the reseller can exchange the real sneakers for the fake ones while retaining the original box.
For the second step of the authentication process, you will need to inspect the size tag of your V2 Yeezreel for inconsistencies.
Here, you will find 12 discrepancies mainly as a consequence of the poor quality of printing.
Before you proceed, remember that each colorway has different inconsistencies and misprints and as such, what we consider to be a discrepancy on the V2 Yeezreel may not be a discrepancy on other colorways.
So what are the inconsistencies to look out for?
This is on the first row of the size tag on the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel. Here, watch out for the differences in print quality.
On the authentic size tag, the characters are printed with better precision compared to the poor quality of printing on the replicas.
For instance, look at the letters M and D in “MADE” which appear to not be as well defined as the sharp letters on the original size tag.
On the black line that separates the first row from the second row, you will notice a small and thin white line on it on the fake size tag.
This can be attributed to the lower quality of equipment used in the printing because the black line is uninterrupted on the size tag of the authentic Yeezy V2 Yeezreel.
This is the country code indicator row. Here, you will need to pay attention to the uneven spacing between the text and the two lines above and below it.
While this inconsistency may not be evident for the particular fake size tag used in the image illustration as it is topmost quality for a fake, it can still occur on other versions of replicas.
So if this text is not well spaced out as in the authentic size tag on your sneakers, then you are most definitely dealing with a fake Yeezreel pair.
Under the country code indicator are those respective size numbers printed out on the third row of the size tag.
We found some inconsistencies in the text on this specific size tag but note that the inconsistencies may vary on yours.
On this size tag, as you can see, the 8 characters are thicker than other characters on the row, an obvious tell of ink blotting from the poor quality of printing.
You will also notice the stains within the negative space, this can be seen in the 2 in “42” and 6 in “265”.
Please note that CLU, APE or EVN inscriptions might be found here and you should not worry if you’ve got any of them.
All three inscriptions can be found on an authentic or a fake pair, so we do not consider this area to be a reliable spot for identifying a fake Yeezy V2 Yeezreel.
However, what you need to pay attention to is the quality of printing here. Look out for ink blotting, fuzzy lines and other signs of poor quality of printing.
There is a square print just above the Adidas logo on the bottom left-hand corner of the size tag.
Now, while you can expect variations with the square print, as it will not always appear exactly like it is on the authentic size tag, if your size tag has a print that looks like what you see in the fake example, here then it is an instant callout for a replica Yeezy V2 Yeezreel.
Now bring your focus to the Adidas text under the square print. Although you might not notice a difference at first glance, on closer observation, you will see that there is a difference in printing precision.
On the fake size tag, you will notice that the “s” is harder to read, while all the rounded lines in “a” or “d” have inconsistencies, an attribute of the poor quality of printing common to replicas.
Here, it is important to note that these numbers are likely to vary and as such, you should not consider this specific inscription as an indicator authenticity when you need to identify a fake pair of the Yeezy Yeezreel.
However, what you should pay attention to in the text here is the print quality. You will notice that the first three characters of the text on the fake tag – F1N is blotted, owing to the lower quality of equipment used by fake Yeezreel Yeezy V2 manufacturers in the printing process.
Like the F serial number, please note that this code will vary as well so do not consider the number itself to be a tell of authenticity. Rather, focus on the inconsistencies in the print quality.
In this case, pay attention to how the # character appears to be slightly blotted whereas the # on the real size tag is precise and well-shaped.
As always, keep an eye out for inconsistent text here. You will notice that the “3” is higher than the rest on the text on the fake tag.
Also, the “A” in “ART” on the fake tag has this jagged appearance which looks quite different from the “A” in the original Yeezy Yeezreel size tag.
Both the real and fake Yeezy Boost V2 Yeezreel may or may not have MALE/MÂLE inscriptions. So whether your sneakers feature the text or not, it is perfectly fine.
Therefore, we do not consider this specific inscription as a way of spotting the fake Yeezy Yeezreel.
This refers to the month and year of production of the sneakers. Here, you will notice that the text is slightly bolder on the authentic pair than it appears to be on the replica Yeezreels.
Please note that the production date text is going to vary from sneaker to sneaker and as such, we do not consider this to be a reliable tell when authenticating the Yeezy.
Next, you will proceed to inspect the box label of your V2 Yeezreel. On the box label, there are two main confirmation points you should look out for; the country size code and the serial number. So how does this work?
Now, it is important to understand that the Yeezy-Adidas collaboration releases its sneakers in two versions – the US version and the international version.
The US version displays three-country sizes on the box label – US, UK and F. Here, the US size is in large print, while the other two sizes featured under the US size and in smaller prints.
The international version of the V2 Yeezreel, on the other hand, features 6 countries (US, UK, F, D, J, and CHN) sizes and every one of them is in equal prints on the label.
On the bottom right-hand corner of the box label is the serial number. If the pair is a US release, then the serial number is going to end with a V02 or V03. But for international (Canadian/European) releases, the serial number will end with a V10.
As seen in the image below, in the authentic international version featuring 6 sizes, the serial number ends with a V10. However, on the fake box label which is a US version, the serial number ends with a V10, as opposed to a V02 or V03.
Please note that if you notice any deviation from this pattern, then you are without a doubt looking at a fake V2 Yeezreel.
The way the Yeezy 350 V2 Yeezreels 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 Yeezreel sneakers in this condition is the way the laces are tied. In the real vs fake Yeezy Yeezreel 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 Yeezreel 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 Yeezreel, 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 Yeezreel, 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 Yeezreel 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 Yeezreel.
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 Yeezreel 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 Yeezreel online, we’ve organized all these areas of a sneaker (lace, size tag, etc.) into quickly-accessible shortcuts.
Both the Yeezy Yeezreel reflective and the Yeezy Yeezreel 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 Yeezreel manufacturers will compromise.
As you can see in the picture above, the authentic pair has more of a glow to it when photographed.
If you are a fan of the V2 350 collection, then you should be familiar with the shape of the sneakers in this line.
The Yeezreel has no different in shape from other Yeezy Boost 350 V2s. But if you have a fake, you might spot some differences.
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 Yeezreel versions.
As a consequence of the aforementioned tongue, the structure of the sneaker is different.
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 Yeezreel 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 of 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 regrets to variations.
The structure of the toe box in the real and fake sneakers differs, which makes the toe box a reliable tell of authenticity on the Yeezys.
On the fake pair, you will notice that the toe box appears to be more inflated, thus leading to a different structure of the sneaker.
However, on the authentic Yeezreels, the toe box sits flatter, and as a result, the angle between the sole and the ground is significantly lower.
Pay attention to this as it’s a blatant flaw in the design of the replicas which can easily be noticed with the naked eye.
Next, you will need to inspect the middle stitching on your Yeezy Boost Yeezreel.
We have inserted a picture in the front of the sneakers with the middle stitching to help you understand what you are supposed to be looking at.
For the first picture which shows the front view of the stitching, you can see that on the fake, the structure of the stitching is different from that of the genuine sneakers.
Also, the threads are thicker and the stitching is noticeably wider on the fakes compared to the narrower stitching on the original.
We spotted a lot of inconsistencies in the insole of the Yeezy Yeezreel that can help you differentiate a fake pair of sneakers from the real deal.
On the rear of the insole is the Adidas Trefoil logo. Here, you will notice some inconsistencies in the Adidas Trefoil logo and the outline of the logo.
You will notice that the print is significantly deeper on the authentic insole, as seen in the way shadows create depth in the picture.
Also, the distance between the “Adidas” text and the outline on the fake sneakers is slightly longer than it appears on the authentic logo.
Still, in the text, the characters in “Adidas” are thicker on the fake insole than it appears to be on the real sneakers, as especially evident in the letter “i”.
The Adidas trefoil logo stripes are also thicker while the ® character is oversized on the fake insole.
Here, you can see that the text is thicker on the fake insole, as seen in the Y which is visibly bigger than what is on the insole of the original pair of the sneakers.
Also, the text on the original pair is more closely packed compared to the spaced-out letters on the fake. This is visible in the spaces between “d” and “i” and then between “d” and “a”.
On the fakes, this serial number is substantially thicker than it appears to be on the original and as a consequence, there’s less space between letters. This is especially evident in the dash character between 5 and 9.
We know it might be difficult for you to spot some of these differences without having a fake and real pair next to each other.
That is 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.
You may not always have time to go through all 11 detailed authentication steps when you need to authenticate your V2 Yeezreel.
That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your sneakers. Below are the top 11 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake pair of sneakers or the real deal.
If you need help with the authentication of your Yeezy Boost V2 Yeezreel, we’ve got you covered.
All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your V2 Yeezreel 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.
That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.
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