Looking to learn how to spot fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 1.0 and 2.0? Afraid of buying fakes?
If so, you are in the right place, because this guide is going to teach you how to spot both the fake Belugas 1.0 and 2.0 releases.
In this ultimate guide on spotting real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Belugas, we are going to provide you with more than 10 legit check guide steps that will hopefully clarify everything. Before that, the short answer:
The quickest way to check if you have a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga, is to check the size tag and the box label of the sneakers. On the size tag, look out for inconsistencies in the style and shape of the text and on the box label of your V2 Beluga, check to see if the size code matches the version you have (EU & US).
We do understand it might not be the easiest way to pick up this information and just apply it, thus we’ve added specific real vs fake Yeezy Beluga comparisons below — visual examples so we can get our point across.
Now that you know what we’re talking about, let’s get you to the proper fake vs real Yeezy Beluga legit check guide.
Checking the size tag and the box label are not the only techniques that you can use to determine the authenticity of your sneakers. In this complete guide to the real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga Comparison, we will cover 11 techniques, detailed with images, which can serve as indicators of an authentic pair of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga.
We have a detailed article explaining the barcode test over here, but we will summarize it in this post with authentic and fake vs real Yeezy Beluga examples. Do check the article linked above if any info below is unclear.
Scanning the barcode is the fastest way of spotting out 95% of the fake Yeezy Beluga pairs.
The technique works so well because the barcode is usually overlooked by fake manufacturers who do not care to pay attention to the details of the barcode.
First of all, we are going to quickly analyze the barcode scan of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 1.0.
When you want to scan the barcode of a Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 1.0 pair, pay attention to the size of the sneakers too, because if they don’t match up with the shown results online, then you are most likely looking at a fake pair.
In fact, let’s have a look at the images with the results after scanning the authentic vs replica Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 1.0 barcodes.
In the picture above we have linked the authentic results. As you can see, the box label says “US9” for the size, and all the results match the size and the colourway of the product.
Now let’s also have a look at the fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 1.0 barcode scan.
This barcode scan shows up the wrong results. First of all, you can see many other colourways but not the one that we need.
Besides, even the sizes are wrong, meaning that the fake Yeezys in the example above are “9 1/2”, and the barcode results show up in different other sizes.
Now let’s also have a look at the fake vs real Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 2.0 barcode scan.
As such, they are typically unable to duplicate the barcode correctly, which makes the barcode a major indicator of authenticity in the Yeezy sneakers, including the Beluga.
You can scan the barcode using the Legit Check App. The app has a barcode function that works by comparing the unique barcode of your sneakers to other sneakers in the Yeezy-Adidas line.
Now, every Yeezy pair comes with a unique barcode that relates to a specific combination of colourway, style, and size. For the Beluga, the information would be;
Pay close attention though: 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.
How to scan your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga with the Legit Check App
First, you will need to download and install the Legit Check App. When you are ready to scan, tap on the barcode scan icon and focus on the barcode on the box label of your sneakers.
As explained above, the scanning process works by comparing the unique barcode of your Yeezy 350 V2 Beluga to other sneakers in the Yeezy-Adidas line.
If the results show confirmation on Google as shown in the image below, for the colourway and size combo, then it means the box is authentic.
A fake reseller can swap a genuine box and eventually insert a pair of replicas. Once again, all we’re doing with this step is weed out 95% of the fakes, thus saving ourselves time in many instances.
Now let’s also have a look at the scan of a fake Yeezy Beluga sneakers’ barcode.
As you can see in the pictures above, the links do say Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 2.0, and that’s not even the flaw, because so far it is all right.
The real problem with the fake Yeezy barcode scan is that on the links it says “Size 9.5” and “Size 10”, and if you take a quick look at the image with the real vs fake Yeezy Beluga 2.0 barcodes on the box labels above, you can notice that the fake pair is a size US9.
In fact, a pair has to match the size of the sneakers with the size shown up on the internet after scanning the barcode.
Use your judgment to decide whether there are confirmation points on the internet in regards to the code you’re analyzing, thus the size + colourway combination you’re checking.
For the full story on how to use the Legit Check App to tell if your Yeezy Boost 350’s are real or fake, read our article here.
As for the second step of the fake vs real Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga authenticity check guide, let’s have a look at the size tag.
Every colourway in the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 collection spots its own unique details, so it is imperative to understand that what might be considered an inconsistency on one colourway could be normal on another.
That said, we spotted 12 inconsistencies between the real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga size tag. The quality of printing accounts for most of the differences between the original size tag and the fake size tag.
First of all, we’d like to mention that these flaws that we’ve highlighted apply to both the Beluga 1.0 and the Beluga 2.0 releases.
1 – The “MADE IN CHINA” is too thick on the fake Belugas, and this is the most obvious on the letter “M”.
2 – The “MALE/MALE” text is significantly too thick on the fake sneakers, and on the legit ones, it is thinner.
3 – The “adidas” and the “R” will never make contact on a legit pair of Belugas, and some of the replica sneakers do have these in contact.
But in our case, the problem is that these two elements are too thick, and the legit ones are thinner
4 – The “07/16” text means the date that the sneakers have been released in; June 2016. Most of the time, the fake sneakers will have the “16” looking a lot thicker than it has to look like, just as in our case
5 – Look out for any text that’s out of shape. In this case, the “265” has the number “6” looking bigger than the rest of the numbers, and we are not going to mention the thickness because the problem is obvious here too
The boost sole on your Yeezy V2 Beluga is vital for identifying an authentic Yeezy V2 Beluga from a replica.
The Boost sole differs from the Beluga 1.0 to the Beluga 2.0 releases since the pellets pattern has changed between these two releases.
And even though these seem similar, don’t be confused if they look wrong, because we are here to explain it all starting with the Beluga 1.0, and then the Beluga 2.0.
As you may notice in the pictures above, the fake Yeezy Beluga 1.0 pair has the pellets too undifferentiated and smooth. Yes, the authentic pellets are smooth too, but they are less undifferentiated than the fake ones.
Let’s see another fake example for the Boost sole.
First of all, the sole is less opaque than it has to be, and then, the same problem applies here too for the pellets.
On the authentic pair, you will observe that the boost is a lot more bubbly than the slightly stiffer one you would find on the bottom of a fake pair.
Also, there is less differentiation between the boost pellets on the real V2 Beluga compared to the more indented ones on the fake pair. For the striped circles, they are better defined and appear to be randomly generated in the boost.
On the other hand, on the fake Yeezy Beluga pair, you will notice that the striped circles are all well structured, appearing to be a bit more mathematically generated as opposed to the randomized pattern on the real pair.
Here’s yet another example of the replicated boost sole. Remember, replica Yeezy Beluga will keep a constant look in this area — whether it’s the one linked above or below, keep an eye out for anything that is uncannily similar to what’s under “fake” in our fake vs real comparison.
In this example above with just a fake Yeezy Beluga boost sole, you can easily notice how the pellets are also mathematically positioned too.
Next, we will have a closer look at the box label of your Yeezy V2 Beluga.
On the box label, the size number and the serial numbers are the main indicators of authenticity. Let’s have a visual example of real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga box labels to understand why.
As always, let’s have a quick look at the Yeezy Beluga 1.0 and then we’ll analyze the 2.0 release.
Before you can check for the authenticity status of your V2 Beluga using the size as the indicator, you must, first of all, understand that the Yeezy-Adidas collection is released in two versions – the US version and the international version (Canada and Europe).
On the US version, the box label features 3 sizes, US, UK and F. The US size is in large print while the other two sizes are in smaller prints below it.
For the international version of the sneakers, there are 6 sizes featured on the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga box label – US, UK, F, D, J and CHN. Unlike the US version, here, all six sizes are displayed in equal prints.
The flaw on the fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 1.0 is that, in this example above, the box label is a US version, and it says “V10”.
The authentic Yeezys that have the US box label must say either “V02” or “V03”. For more explanation, scroll down a bit to the Beluga 2.0 box label.
Regarding the serial number, which is featured at the bottom of the other section of the label, the general rule is that all US versions have serial numbers that end with V02 or V03 while all European/international versions of the V2 Beluga have serial numbers that end with only the V10.
As shown in the image above, the authentic box label which is an international version has a serial number that ends with V10, while the fake box label, a US version has a serial number that ends with V10.
The rule of thumb is the following:
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.
For the full story on how to differentiate a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga box from an authentic pair box read our article here.
The steps we’ve written so far are the best ways to authenticate this item.
The next few steps are still reliable signs of authenticity, but are for non-top-versions of replicas available for this item. We recommend sticking to the steps we’ve explained above to make sure you’re not drawing the wrong conclusions.
Every sneaker in the Yeezy-Adidas collection is packaged with a particular lacing style and if you notice any inconsistencies in the pattern, then you might be dealing with a fake pair.
Let’s see the reference real vs fake Beluga 1.0 pictures in order for it to be easier to see the flaws on the fake sneakers.
As we’ve explained in the pictures above, you can see easily notice the problems too: the fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 1.0 sneakers have the right lace above the left lace, and the authentic laces are exactly as they have to be.
We also call this flaw on the fake Yeezys as the “reverted laces”.
As shown in the image above, the authentic pair will follow this lacing pattern: the right lace will first go under the left lace on the right shoe, and on the left shoe, the left lace will first go under the right lace.
Let’s have a closer look at the way the laces are arranged. Below is a real vs fake Yeezy Beluga comparison:
Fake manufacturers do not often pay great attention to such minute details which makes the lacing style a good indicator of authenticity.
However, this technique is not foolproof. Those who might want to sell fake pairs as authentic can mimic this lacing pattern to pass it off as an authentic pair and as such, this is not always a reliable indicator for worn pairs.
For 100% unworn and brand new pairs, however, the laces should always look like in the authentic example above.
The appearance of the middle stitching on the back of the Yeezy V2 Beluga can help you determine if you have a genuine pair or a replica.
For this step, you will need to inspect the sneakers from the front and the rear side of the sneakers, but first, we are going to look at them from the front view.
As you can see in the fake vs real Yeezy Beluga comparison shown above, the middle stitching is significantly thinner on the fakes, whereas on the authentic pairs they have a different structure and a higher stitching density.
Now let’s have a look at the fake vs real Yeezy Beluga AH2203 middle stitching from the rear view too.
It is visible that we meet the same problem on the rear side of the Yeezys too: the stitching is too thin.
On a counterfeit pair of the Yeezy 350 V2 Beluga, you will notice that the toe box is slightly bulkier than the thinner toe box on the authentic pair.
The main problem with the fake Beluga 1.0 sneakers’ toe box is that they have this area too bulky, thick, massive, and high.
By high, we mean that it is too curvy and arched on the fake Yeezys, and on the legit sneakers, it is more laid down.
This can be attributed to the difference in build owing to the lower quality factory equipment used by fake manufacturers.
This seemingly small detail can help you determine if you have been scammed out of your money or if it was well spent on the original sneakers.
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 Beluga online, we’ve organized all these areas of a sneaker (lace, size tag, etc.) into quickly-accessible shortcuts.
All the sneakers released under the Yeezy Boost 350 collection have a distinct silhouette and shape.
Usually, the fake Yeezys don’t get the right shape of the sneakers on the tongue and the sockliner area.
In this case, you can notice that the fake Yeezys have the opening of the tongue too wide and curvy, while the legit Yeezys are more straightened.
On the fake pair, the opening is slightly wider and the structure of the tongue slightly differs from the structure of the tongue in an authentic pair.
Compare your sneakers to the ones in the image above and if it seems like the opening of the sneaker is slightly wider and the tongue is not as elongated as it appears to be on the authentic sneaker in the picture, then what you have in your hands might be a replica.
The sock liner is the protrusion on the back of your sneakers, as depicted in the images below.
First, let’s have a look at the sockliner of the real vs fake Yeezy Beluga 1.0
Genuinely, the fake Yeezys have the sockliner looking thicker than needed.
As you can see, we have pointed out the fact that on the bottom side of the sockliner, the authentic pair narrows a bit, and the fake pair remains with the same thick and not narrowed style.
On the fake pair, the sock liner appears to be significantly thinner when compared to the thicker sockliner on the authentic V2 Beluga.
It is easy to notice how the fake Yeezys have the sockliner looking a lot thinner than the authentic pair.
On the other hand, the legit Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga sneakers have the sockliner thicker.
The lettering on the fakes always looks different from that on the original Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga regardless of how hard the fake manufacturers try to replicate it.
The main problem with the “SPLY-350” lettering on the fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga sneakers is that this printed text is too thin.
We have pointed this out on the letters “Y”, “L”, and “P” since it is the most visible on these mentioned letters.
From the image below, you can see that the “Y” on the fake almost looks like a “V”. This difference is due to the low amount of precision of the printers used by fake manufacturers.
Once again, it might be hard to spot this tell without our comparison pics, so please refer to these comparisons when having a face to face meeting or when buying the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga online.
The reason why we’ve put together the Legit Check App is just so that our users can have a quick way to access the relevant information (whether it’s this lettering tell or, say, the size tag) in a couple of clicks.
The insole is a vital indicator in the authentication of the V2 Beluga and inspecting the insole of the sneaker can reveal many inconsistencies that will help you differentiate a fake sneaker from a real one.
On the rear of the insole, one will find the Adidas text and the trefoil logo, as seen in the picture above.
On an authentic pair, you will notice that the print is significantly deeper as seen in the way shadows create depth.
Also, the “adidas” text is weirdly spaced out from the outline of the logo on the fake sneakers, compared to the real sneakers where the logo and the text are more closely embossed.
You will also notice that the characters in “adidas” are thicker on the fake insole compared to the thinner letters on the authentic insole.
Lastly, the ® engraving is also deeper on the authentic pair than on the insole of counterfeits.
As always, first, let’s have a look at the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 1.0 release.
We have pointed out at the fact that the fake Yeezys have the “adidas” print different than the legit print.
That is because the highlighted letters are too thick and also too curvy on the fake Yeezys.
On the other hand, the legit Yeezys are thinner and less arched and curvy.
In the real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga pictures above, we have pointed out how the letter “a” in the word “adidas” is smaller and thicker than the authentic “a”.
Besides the letter “a”, there’s another flaw in the letter “i”, and that is because the dot of the “i” is also too small. Keep in mind that some fakes also have the dot of the “i” that looks like a circle, and it has to be a square.
The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga has a serial number printed on the side of the insole.
On the replicas, this text is slightly bolder than the text on the authentic pair and as a result, there’s less space between letters. This indicator is most evident on the dash character between the 5 and 9 on the fake insole.
There are situations where you may be unable to go through each detailed step explained above when you need to authenticate your Yeezy Boost V2 Belugas.
That is why we have compiled this quick 60-second solution to authenticating your sneakers. Below are the top 10 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake pair of sneakers or original Adidas manufactured V2 Belugas.
If you need help with the authentication of your Yeezy Boost V2 Beluga, we’ve got you covered.
All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your V2 Beluga 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 Beluga guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.
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