Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Mono Ice: How To Spot Fakes

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Last Updated on January 9, 2024 by Ch David

Looking to legit check your Yeezy 350 Mono Ice?

In this guide, we’ll teach you how to do it.

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Let’s go to the Mono Ice.

How to spot fake Yeezy Mono Ice

Spot fake Yeezy Mono Ice by inspecting the size tag. Fakes have incorrect font-weights for the inscriptions.

Authentic Yeezy Mono Ice pairs consistently have the right character thickness.

1. Barcode

Keep in mind that each pair of adidas x YEEZY shoes comes with a unique barcode that corresponds to a specific combination of:

  • Colorway: MONICE/MONICE/MONICE (GW2869)
  • Style: 350 V2
  • Size: Ranges from 4 to 16 (US)

1.1. Scan

  • Get the Legit Check App
  • Open the barcode scanner
  • Put it in front of the Mono Ice shoebox
Barcode Scan Sneaker Legit Check App

Let’s take a look at the results

1.2. Real

Everything matches perfectly. The right shoe comes up:

  • Yeezy Bosot 350 V2
  • Mono Ice
  • GW2869
  • Size US11 (UK 10.5)

Hence, this is an authentic barcode.

Note: The Mono Ice was recently released when making the guide.

That’s why it says that no great matches were found at that time.

1.3. Fake

  • Nothing comes up
  • Hence, it’s a fake barcode.

Still unsure how to interpret these? Read our detailed barcode legit check guide.

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

2. Size tag

  • Authentic:
    1. “MADE IN VIETNAM” text is thinner.
    2. Date is thinner and smaller.
    3. “adidas ®” text is thicker and bulkier.
    4. Print quality varies but watch for ink blotting and fuzzy lines.
    5. “US UK FR JP CHN” text is thicker, with letters closer together.
  • Fake:
    1. “MADE IN VIETNAM” text is too thick.
    2. Date “02/21” looks too thick and big.
    3. “adidas ®” text is too thin.
    4. Print quality varies but watch for ink blotting and fuzzy lines.
    5. “US UK FR JP CHN” text is too thin, with letters spaced too far apart.

3. Boost sole

  • Authentic:
    • Pellets on the boost sole are randomly positioned, not in a specific pattern.
  • Fake:
    • Pellets on the boost sole are positioned in a specific pattern, almost perfectly parallel.

Below is another fake example:

In the picture above, you can see another example of a top-quality version of the fake Yeezy Mono Ice boost sole.

4. Lacing

  • Authentic pattern:
    • Left shoe: Left lace below right lace
    • Right shoe: Right lace below left lace

Let’s zoom in:


  • Left lace goes below the right on the left shoe.
  • Right lace goes below the left on the right shoe.


  • Laces are improperly attached, often referred to as “inverted laces.”

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


  • US version:
    • Displays US, UK, and F sizes with US size in large print.
    • Serial number ends with V02 or V03.
  • International version:
    • Displays 6 countries (US, UK, F, D, J, and CHN) sizes, all in equal prints.
    • Serial number ends with V10.


  • Deviations from these patterns are a clear sign of a fake product.
  • e.g. US version with a serial number ending in V10.

6. Insole

  • Authentic: The “adidas” text, trefoil logo, and “YEEZY” text are thinner.
  • Fake: The “adidas” text, trefoil logo, and “YEEZY” text are thicker.

7. Stitching

  • Authentic: The middle stitching threads are thinner.
  • Fake: The middle stitching threads are thicker due to being fitted too deep inside the shoes.

8. Midsole

  • Authentic: The midsole is white.
  • Fake: The midsole is yellow.

8. Toe box

  • Authentic: The toe box is flatter.
  • Fake: The toe box is curvier up to the front tip.

Shortlist: Legit check your pair (in 30 seconds)

  1. Scan the Barcode: Ensure you scan the barcode of your Yeezys; discrepancies in model, colorway, or size could indicate a fake pair.
  2. Inspect Size Tag: Counterfeit 350 V2s often feature size tag inscriptions that are either too thick or excessively thin.
  3. Verify Boost Sole: Examine the boost sole carefully; fake Yeezys may have improperly detailed boost sole pellets.
  4. Lace Attachment: Check how the laces are attached; replicas often have inverted laces.
  5. Box Label Inscription: Examine the box label for correct inscriptions like “V10,” “V02,” or “V03” corresponding to your region; fakes may have these details incorrect.
  6. Insole Text: Inspect the text on the insole; fake pairs usually have thicker text.
  7. Midsole Color: Pay attention to the midsole color; replicas may have a yellowish tint instead of a white midsole.
  8. Toe Box Examination: Check the toe box; counterfeit Yeezys often have a thicker and less curved toe box.

Use this guide whenever you don’t have the time to go through the full one.

Expert Yeezy Mono Ice authentication

If you lack confidence in following this guide or simply have limited time:

  • Send us high-quality pictures of your Yeezy 350 Mono Ice.
  • We’ll respond with results within 24 to 48 hours…
  • Along with a detailed report explaining why we believe your sneakers are either fake or authentic.

Thank you for reading our real vs fake Yeezy Mono Ice guide!

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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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