Last Updated on July 13, 2023 by Ch David
The Sesame colourway of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 line was released on the 23rd of November 2018 and, just like other sneakers in the Yeezy Boost 350 silhouette, the Sesame colourway is yet again replicated in numerous instances.
There are many replicas of the said pair of sneakers and it is important for you to know how to spot fake Yeezy Sesame pairs.
In this ultimate guide on spotting real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesame, 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 Sesame, 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 Sesame, 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 Sesame comparisons below — visual examples so we can get our point across.
Without any further ado, let’s see how to tell fake vs real Yeezy Sesame (F99710)
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 Sesame Comparison, we will cover 11 techniques, detailed with images, which can serve as indicators of an authentic pair of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesame.
We have analysed thousands of both authentic and replica sneakers from this model which has helped us create this thorough guide. At the bottom of this article, you will find a recap of the fastest way to authenticate the Yeezy Sesame sneakers.
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 Sesame examples. Do check the article linked above if any info below is unclear.
For the first step of the authentication process, you will scan the barcode on the box of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesame.
Scanning the barcode is the fastest way of spotting 95% of the fake Yeezy Sesame 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.
As such, they are typically unable to duplicate the barcode correctly, which makes the barcode a major indicator of authenticity in the Yeezy sneakers.
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 which relates to a specific combination of colourway, style, and size. For the Sesame, 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 Sesame 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 Sesame 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.
It is important to understand that an authentic box doesn’t always confirm the authenticity status of a pair. We need to be very cautious and assume the worst in order to be safe.
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.
Here’s what happens when a fake pair is scanned:
If your barcode scan returns with results similar to those above, then you are definitely looking at a fake pair of sneakers.
Remember, the authenticity status of the sneakers can only be verified when the size and colourway combination of the results match that of the pair you have.
As you can notice, there are several anomalies that pile up and are inconsistent.
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.
In our second step, you will need to inspect the size tag of your sneakers.
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 Sesame size tag. The quality of printing accounts for most of the differences between the original size tag and the fake size tag.
We need to draw your attention that fake size tags vary in print — however, what we want to do is draw attention to:
Where can we, then, see them? Let’s have a look at the real vs fake Yeezy Sesame size tag comparison map.
On the first row of the size tag you’ll notice the “Made In China” text.
When you inspect the text, on the fake size tag you will notice weird spacing between the letters, as especially evident between the M and the A, whereas on the original size tag, the letters are all evenly spaced.
Apart from the spacing, on the fake size tag, the letters on this line of text vary in shape from the ones on the original sneakers. As shown in the image, the top of the letter C is not well sectioned and the line width of the letter also varies — an indicator of poor attention to detail.
Upon a closer look, you will notice that there is a flaw in the first “I” in the “Made In China” text as shown in the fake vs real Yeezy Sesame image.
Here, while the edges of the letter on the authentic one are well-defined and sharply printed, on the fake size tag the edges are slightly rounded and lack the definition on the real size tag.
On the second row is the US UK FR JP CHN text, the country size indicator.
On the fake size tag, you will notice that this line of text is not as straight and properly put together as the well-arranged one on an authentic pair of Yeezy V2 Sesame.
Also, on the replica size tag, the letters appear to be significantly bolder than the letters on the original, a sign of ink pooling as a result of the poor quality of printing.
Towards the end, you will notice that the CHN touches the upper table line and is not equally spaced between the two table lines. This is quite unlike the characters on the authentic size tag which are evenly spaced between the upper and lower table lines.
The size number is a text on the third row of the size tag. Again, ink pooling, owing to the poor quality of printing, you will notice that some of the characters on the fake tag are bolder than others.
This is especially noticeable in the first three sizes – 10, 9 1/2 and 44. You will also spot ink blotting on the 9 as well as the uneven spacing between the 1/2 and the slash character.
Please bear in mind that over here, you may find both CLU and APE prints on the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesame. As both inscriptions can be found on an authentic pair, we don’t consider this indicator to be a reliable tell for how to spot fake Yeezy Sesame.
Nonetheless, there are still inconsistencies to be spotted here. You will notice that the C in the fake size tag varies in line width from the rest of the letters, which seems to be a result of the poor quality of printing used by fake manufacturers.
On the bottom left corner of the size tag is the Adidas logo, there is a dot on top of the logo. However, the location and precision of the dot vary on both the real and the fake size tags.
On the real size tag, the dot is located closer to the middle of the logo and it is also quite sharp and precise. In its fake Yeezy Sesame F99710 counter-example, the dot can be found at the top right corner of the logo and there is less precision in the print quality as well.
We’ve added an up-close comparison in the picture, highlighted with a green outline to give you a better view of the dot you will need to inspect.
The Adidas text print is a reliable indicator of an authentic pair of Yeezy V2 Sesame F99710. On the fake size tag, the “adidas” text is too bold and there is no consistency in the text print.
As a consequence, all the letters are touching each other, to the point where the text is difficult to read.
This is quite unlike the text on the authentic size tag which is thinner and better defined.
Another vital indicator when authenticating the Yeezy 350 Sesame is the appearance of the ® character. On the real sneaker, the sign is clearly spaced apart from the “adidas” and the R is very legible inside the circle.
The fake size tag has the ® character touching the “s” of the “adidas” and the letter itself is barely legible, almost like a small black circle.
For this indicator, the serial number printed on the fake size tag spots uneven spacing and improper alignment, especially evident in the F and Q characters.
You will also notice that the characters on this line have their bottom side smudged, a clear indication of ink blotting due to the poor quality of the printing.
It is important to note that this serial number will always vary, so we do not consider a difference in the serial number with this specific inscription as a way of spotting a fake.
On the fake size tag, the font used in printing the serial number on this line is significantly bolder than the thinner and sharper style of the font on the authentic size tag.
You will also notice the weird spacing found in the middle of the # character, which can be attributed to poor attention to detail.
Here, you can notice that the font style of the ART number is slightly bolder on the fake size tag.
Because of the thickness of the text, there is less space between the characters — on the authentic counterpart, the text looks thinner and more genuine.
You will notice some major differences in the manufacturer date between the authentic and fake size tags.
On the fake size tag, the slash is significantly bolder compared to the thinner and sharper slash on the authentic pair.
Please note that this inscription shows the production date of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesame. The production date text varies so we do not consider the date to be a reliable tell when authenticating the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesame.
Next, we will have a closer look at the box label of your Yeezy V2 Sesame.
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 Sesame box labels to understand why.
Before you can check for the authenticity status of your V2 Sesame 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 Sesame box label – US, UK, F, D, J and CHN. Unlike the US version, here, all six sizes are displayed in equal prints.
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 Sesame 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.
If you notice any inconsistencies with the serial number on your box label, then your sneakers were most likely not manufactured by Adidas.
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.
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 Sesame 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 boost sole on your Yeezy V2 Sesame is vital for identifying an authentic Yeezy V2 Sesame from a replica.
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 Sesame compared to the more indented ones on the fake pair. The striped circles, are better defined and appear to be randomly generated in the boost.
On the other hand, on the fake Yeezy Sesame 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 Sesame 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.
The appearance of the middle stitching on the back of the Yeezy V2 Sesame can help you determine if you have a genuine pair or a replica.
For this step, you will need to flip the shoe to the other side so you can inspect the stitching properly.
As you can see in the fake vs real Yeezy Sesame F99710 comparison shown above, with the zoomed-in comparison attached for a better view, the middle stitching is significantly thinner on the fakes, whereas on the authentic pairs, they have a different structure and a higher stitching density.
The middle stitching provides an easy and simple way to spot a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesame as it can easily be observed with the naked eye. We do recommend that you stick to this visual example of an authentic pair when authenticating.
The Adidas logo is imprinted on the sole of the Sesame and, when inspected closely, you will notice some differences that should show you how to spot fake Yeezy 350 V2 Sesame.
On the replica, the Adidas text is printed with lower-quality factory equipment and as such, the trefoil logo is not as defined and detailed as it should be which makes it difficult to distinguish on the sole.
On the authentic pair, the embossing goes deep and you should be able to clearly see the lines that outline the Adidas text and the trefoil logo.
Nothing along the lines (no pun intended) of what’s in the visual example above should be present on an authentic pair.
On a counterfeit pair of the Yeezy 350 V2 Sesame, you will notice that the toe box is slightly bulkier than the thinner toe box on the authentic pair.
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 Sesame online, we’ve organised all these areas of a sneaker (lace, size tag, etc.) into quickly-accessible shortcuts.
The sock liner is the protrusion on the back of your sneakers, as depicted in the image below.
On the fake pair, the sock liner appears to be significantly thinner when compared to the thicker sock liner on the authentic V2 Sesame.
Also, besides the length, you may observe a difference in the shade of colour between the sock liner and the rest of the Primeknit upper on the counterfeit sneaker.
However, with the genuine sneakers, the colour of the sock liner matches the rest of the sneakers.
All the sneakers released under the Yeezy Boost 350 collection have a distinct silhouette and shape.
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 insole is a vital indicator in the authentication of the V2 Sesame 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.
For this indicator, on the genuine V2 Sesame, the “adidas Yeezy” text is significantly thicker than the text on the fake pair. This is particularly obvious in the bulkier letter Y of the real V2 Sesame compared to the thinner Y character on the fake insole.
As a result of having thinner characters, you will notice that the gap between the letters on the fake insole is wider.
The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesame 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.
You will not always have the time or patience to go through each detailed authentication step when you need to verify the authenticity status of your V2 Sesame.
That is why we have compiled this quick 60-second solution to authenticating your sneakers. Below are the top 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 350 Sesame, we’ve got you covered.
Should you not be confident in your ability to follow this guide, all you have to do is send us high-quality pictures of your V2 Sesame 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 a 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.
If time is a constraint or you’re not entirely confident in your ability to spot the fake, we’ve started offering this service due to public demand.
That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesame guide. Thank you for reading this — we will continue to update this article as better and newer versions of fakes are released.
That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Sesame guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.
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