How To Spot Fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural

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Last Updated on April 8, 2024 by Ch David

This is a legit check guide for the Yeezy 350 V2 Natural.

Check this out: General-colorway Yeezy 350 V2 guide.

Let’s begin comparing the real to fake Yeezy Natural.

How to tell if Yeezy 350 V2 Natural is real or fake

You can tell if a pair of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural is real or fake by checking the size tag. A fake pair always has thicker inscriptions on the size tag, while real ones have thin text.

1. Barcode scan

This makes the barcode a reliable indicator of authenticity that can help you ensure you only purchase the original Adidas-manufactured sneakers. 

When you are ready to scan the barcode of your Yeezy V2 Natural, we recommend that you use the Legit Check App

When you scan the barcode using the Legit Check App, the app will run your unique barcode against other Yeezy sneakers online. 

Note that all Yeezy sneakers have a unique barcode that relates to a specific combination of:

  • Colorway – Natural/Natural/Natural (FZ5246)
  • Style – 350 V2
  • Size – From 4 to 17 (US)

How to scan with the Legit Check App

The first thing you’ll have to do is to download and install the Legit Check App on your device. Our app is yet available on iOS and Android running devices.

Barcode Scan Sneaker Legit Check App

Once you are ready to scan, tap on the barcode scan icon and focus on the barcode on the box of your Yeezy 350 V2 Natural.

The results are where you will need to apply your intelligence. You will need to look for matches that confirm the authenticity status of your Yeezy Boost V2 Natural.

Authentic results

Now, if the results show lots of confirmation points on Google for your unique barcode as illustrated in the picture below, then you can be assured that your box is authentic. 

As you can see in the image above, all of the results match the colourway, size, and product ID with the authentic Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural’s box label in the image above.

Fake results

Please note that we say the box is authentic and not the sneakers because there is still the possibility that the real sneakers might have been swapped for the fake ones by the fake resellers to trick buyers into thinking the sneakers are genuine.

As you can see in the image above, the fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural’s barcode does not match the colourway, size, and product ID, while the authentic Yeezy does.

Please note that the barcode scanning can only be considered a perfect match when the size and colourway combination on the results match the one on the box.

Thus, if only one of the two matches, then the box is still a fake. 

For the full story on how to scan the barcode on the box or your V2 Natural for authenticity, read our article here.

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

2. Size tag

In the image with the authentic vs replica Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural sneakers above, we have pointed out a few flaws which we are now going to individually talk about.

2.1. The “US UK FR JP CHN” text

  • The fake pair’s “US UK FR JP CHN” inscription are too thick.

The real Yeezy Abez pair’s text is thinner.

2.2. The date of manufacturing’s print

  • On the fake pair, the “06/20” text is too thick.
  • Going to the genuine pair, it is visible again how its text is thinner.

This date which we are talking about highlights the month and the year in which the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural pair was manufactured.

2.3. The MALE/MÂLE text 

  • Both the real and fake Yeezy Natural Abez pairs 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 Boost 350 V2 Natural pairs.

2.4. The “adidas ®” inscription

  • Authentic “adidas” text is supposed to have space between itself and the registered trademark “®” symbol next to it.
  • On the fake pair’s size tag, you can see how its “adidas” text is placed too close to the “®” symbol, as these even make contact.
  • The fake pair’s is too thick as well.

As you may know what we are going to say, the authentic Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural pair has its text thinner than the same inscription on the fake pair.

2.5. The LHG/APE/CLU/EVN print

LHG, CLU, APE, or EVN text 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 350 V2 Natural pair.

However, what you need to pay attention to is the quality of printing here:

Look out for:

  • Ink blotting.
  • Fuzzy lines.
  • Other signs of poor quality of printing.

2.6. The size of the shoes’ print

  • Fake pairs will have this line of text too thick as well. The fake example above does too.
  • The placement of the “1/2” text, as it is different from the legit pair’s placement.
  • If you look at the distance between the numbers “1” and “2” from the slash (“/“), you can see how the fake pair has too little space in-between the characters.

On the other hand, the authentic Yeezy Abez pair has its numbers in the “1/2” character with more space from the slash in the middle, rather than the fake pair’s too little space in-between.

2.7. The “MADE IN CHINA” text

  • The fake pair’s text is too thick.

On the other hand, moving our eyes to the authentic Yeezy 350 V2 Natural shoes, we can easily notice how the “MADE IN CHINA” text is thinner.

3. Boost sole

Let’s flip the shoes upside down and check the boost triangle.

3.1. Best-quality replica

  • The fake pellets are too small, too boxy and too thick.
    • The authentic pair has its pellets look bigger and sharper than the ones on the fake pair.
  • All of the pellets on the fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural pair look like they are mathematically positioned, as they all have a pattern they follow, so as to be symmetrical.
    • The authentic pellets are randomly positioned, without having any special pattern in which they are positioned.

3.2. Mid-quality replica

Now, let’s also have look at another authentic vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Abez image so as to visualise another boost comparison.

In the image with the fake vs real Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Abez shoes above:

  • The fake pair has its pellets barely visible.

If we look at the genuine Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Abez sneakers, you can notice how their pellets are totally visible, as they are more defined than the replica ones.

3.3. Low-quality replica

  • The fake pellets are placed once again in a mathematical pattern.

The legit Yeezy Naturals have their pellets’ positioning randomised.

4. Laces

All of the authentic Adidas x Kanye West “Yeezy” sneakers that provide laces must have aligned in a specific pattern.

4.1. Comparison

To be clear, let’s have a look at the real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural image linked below.

  • From the wearer’s view, the lace from the side with the stripe is supposed to go under the lace that’s on the other side of the shoe.
  • The authentic shoes must have their lace from the exterior profile side to go under the one on the interior profile side.

4.2. Detailed look

To be sure that it is all understandable, let’s check the more detailed fake vs real Yeezy Natural image from below.

  • The authentic pair follows the right pattern mentioned above.
  • The fake Yeezy Natural have their laces improperly attached – we call this flaw the “inverted laces”, where the laces are not attached correctly.

Note: This flaw applies only to the deadstock pairs (unworn, in the factory condition) and to the pairs where we are 100% certain that didn’t have their laces swapped or replaced.

1.3. Extra laces

Lastly, in the image above, we have highlighted how the authentic classic Yeezy Natural laces should come – in the cardboard packaging.

As you may know, the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural come with the already-knotted plastic piece laces, but they also come with the classic ones in the cardboard highlighted above.

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

When inspecting the label, there are two things you should look out for – the size and the serial number on the box. 

First off, all sneakers in the Yeezy V2 line are released in two versions – the US version and the international version.

  • The US version features three sizes on the label – US, UK, and F. While the US size are in large print, the other two are in smaller prints under it.
  • The international version of the sneakers displays 6 countries (US, UK, F, D, J, and CHN) sizes and all 6 of them are in equal prints on the label.

For this example, we’ve got an authentic EU version and a fake US version.

  • The authentic label which is an international version has a serial number that ends with V10.
  • The fake example above shows you a US box with the “V10” inscription.
  • The fake box should’ve said “V02” or “V03”, since it is a US example.

Now regarding the serial number:

  • If it is a US version, the serial number is supposed to end with a V02 or V03.
  • However, the international (Canadian/European) versions end with a V10.

Any deviation from this pattern is an obvious sign that you are dealing with a fake product.

6. Shape

  • The fake pair has its tongue’s opening looking too straight.

On the other hand, the authentic Yeezy Natural sneakers have their opening on the tongue looking curvier than the fake pair’s opening.

7. Reflectiveness (3M)

  • Counterfeit Yeezy Natural pairs have their 3M reflective material shining too little when compared to the authentic pairs’ material.
  • The fake Yeezys have their 3M reflective material shining too rich in terms of quality.

Looking at the authentic Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural shoes, you can see how their material shines in a more gentle way, as it doesn’t over-shine, just like on the fake pair, where the material is shining too bright.

8. Middle stitching

In the image with the fake vs real Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural Abez image above:

  • The fake Yeezys have their stitching too thin and too boxy.

Looking at the authentic Yeezy Natural 350 V2s, you can see how their middle stitching is thicker and narrower than the one on the fake Yeezys.

9. Insole

For the ninth and the last step of the guide on how to spot fake Yeezy Natural sneakers, we are going to look at the insole on each shoe.

9.1. Rear side

On the rear of the insole is the Adidas Trefoil logo. Here, the first thing you should pay attention to is the embossment of the logo. 

  • You will notice that the print is significantly deeper on the authentic insole, as evident in the way shadows create depth.
  • Also, the characters in “Adidas” are thicker on the replicas when compared to the thinner prints on the authentic. 
  • There is more distance between the “Adidas” text and the outline on the fake insoles as opposed to the more compact style on the logo.
  • On the fake insole, the letter “R” is bigger than necessary.

On the authentic pair, the ® engraving is significantly deeper than the other characters.

9.2. Front side

In the image with the fake vs real Yeezy boost 350 V2 Naturals above:

  • The fake shoes have their inscriptions looking too thin.
  • Starting with the “adidas” text and ending with the “YEEZY” print, you can notice how the replica pair has its letters which we’ve pointed out in the fake vs real Yeezy Natural image above look too thin.
  • At the same time, the fake shoes’ smallest foil in the classic Adidas 3-Foil logo looks too small, curvy and bulky when compared to the legit shoes’ foil, which is bigger, thinner and sharper.

9.3. Profile (serial number)

The serial number can be found on the side of the Yeezy V2 Natural.

  • The text is slightly thicker than it is on the original.
  • On the fake pair, will notice reduced spacing between letters — most noticeable between the dash (“-“) and the “9”.

The authentic pair has thinner text, with more space between each character.

Shortlist: Legit check Yeezy Natural in 30 seconds

  1. Make sure to scan the barcode of your Yeezys. If the results don’t match the model, colourway and size of your sneakers, then you are most likely looking at a fake pair.
  2. Check the size tag inside each of your Yeezy Natural. The replica Natural 350 V2s commonly have their inscriptions too thick or really thin.
  3. Verify the boost sole of your Yeezys, because most of the fake Natural Yeezys have their boost sole’s pellets improperly detailed.
  4. Look at the way that the laces are attached to your shoes, because the replica pairs usually tend to have their laces inverted.
  5. Inspect the inscription on the box’s label of your Yeezy Naturals. In some cases, the fake pairs have their “V10”, “V02” or “V03” inscription wrong according to their region.
  6. Analyze the shape of your Natural Yeezy Boost 350 V2s, because most of the fake pairs have their shape too narrow or too large on the opening of the tongue.
  7. Look at the 3M Reflective material of your Yeezys, because most of the fake pairs have their material shining too bright.
  8. Examine the middle stitching of your Yeezys, because most of the fake pairs have their stitching too thin and too boxy.
  9. Brief the insole of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Natural, as most of the fake pairs, have their insole’s text and details at the wrong thickness and placement.

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 Natural.

That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your sneakers.

Expert Yeezy Natural authentication service

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 Natural 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.

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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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