The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black Reflective (FU9007) released on 6th June 2019, and the Non-Reflective version of the Adidas Yeezy 350 V2 Black (FU9006) released on 7th June 2019 have been two of the most popular Yeezy sneakers of 2019.
While new releases of the Black Reflective and Non-Reflective bring many replicas and fake sneaker resellers who try to capitalize on that popularity, it’s essential to know how to spot fake Yeezy Black.
In this Ultimate Fake Vs Real Guide Yeezy 350 V2 Black with images, we will detail what you need to follow to ensure you are buying real, genuine Yeezys.
We have created this 10-step legit check guide to reveal the ways you can spot a fake.
The best way to spot a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black (FU9006 & FU9007) is to inspect the V2 Blacks for two main inconsistencies that warn of a less than authentic pair. The top 2 indicators you should be checking are: the size tag, where the style and text can differentiate between a real and replica V2 release (inspecting both the reflective and non-reflective label can instantly uncover a fake), along with The Adidas Yeezy 350 V2 Black Box: doing a legit check for the correct size code (EU & US) can reveal an authentic pair.
While the top two checks can help to spot a real or replica pair of Yeezy V2 Black 350s, they are not the only techniques that can be used to authenticate.
We have created The Ultimate Fake Vs Real Guide for the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black detailed with images that reveal the top fake indicators, so you can be sure you have a real, legit sneaker.
With a 10 step guide and a quick fast check solution at the bottom of this guide, it should provide you with the answer to, how to tell if Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Blacks are real or fake.
How have we created this Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black Real Vs Fake Guide?
Protecting yourself from sneaker scams and fake resellers is not easy, that’s why we’ve spent hundreds of hours researching and putting together this spot a fake sneaker guide.
We have analyzed hundreds of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black F9006 and F9007 reflective sneakers and images thanks to our community of legit checkers to create this extensive ultimate legit check guide.
So let’s follow the steps in authenticating and helping you to avoid being scammed by fake resellers or buying a low-quality replica.
Using the Legit Check App’s barcode scan function is the first and fastest step to authenticating the Yeezy Boost 350 Black.
Through this function you’ll scan the barcode of the Yeezy Box and compare it to the unique barcode of other Yeezy pairs out there — you’ll want to look for matches that confirm the authenticity status of the sneaker’s pair.
Each Yeezy release has a unique barcode that relates to a specific combination of
That makes checking the barcode one of the fastest ways to ensure you don’t have a pair of fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black. You can read the full story about how to use the barcode test in order to tell if your Yeezy Boost 350’s are real or fake over here.
For now, we’ll dive shortly into how to use it to spot fake vs real Yeezy 350 Black Reflective or Non-Reflective.
When the FU9006 Non-Reflective and the FU9007 Reflective released, like any Yeezy sneaker release they were surrounded in high demand.
The hype brings many fake and replica models to the market as there is more demand than supply.
Fake resellers and replica releases of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black are focused on releasing copycat pairs as fast as possible with the intent of cashing in on the lack of supply.
While the focus is on replicating the look of the sneaker to get it out for sale as fast as possible, this results in many small details being overlooked — the main one being the correct Yeezy Black Boost V2 barcode not duplicated correctly on the Yeezy Box.
This barcode check allows you to focus on the overlooked details that many fake Yeezy resellers don’t research and implement.
We recommend the Legit Check App to be your first step in spotting counterfeit sneakers — 95% of fake and replica Yeezy Boost V2 Blacks fail this test, however with resellers starting to pay more attention to details we need to take extra steps in authenticating for a 100% pass.
Download and install the Legit Check App. Tap on the barcode scan icon and focus in on the barcode of your Yeezy Boost Black V2 box.
Here’s where you have to judge for yourself — if there are some or a lot of confirmations on Google for that code (thus, the size-colourway combination), the box is authentic.
However, it doesn’t mean the shoe is definitely legit — anything is possible, including a scammer taking the original box and swapping them with fake shoes.
Below is an example of an authentic barcode scan.
You can notice the fact that there are confirmation points that this code is indeed the right one for the colourway, though no size is mentioned (read the full story if any of these are not clear), so you would need to click on them and make sure.
If you scan the Yeezy Triple Black V2 350 Box and receive a result back that looks like the image below, then you’re 100% looking at a fake pair.
It doesn’t match any of the unique Adidas product codes that we tried to find to authenticate it against.
It essentially means that the barcode doesn’t exist, proving that the Yeezy Black V2 350s scanned are not authentic.
Make sure you read the full story we’ve linked above if anything sounds confusing regarding this test — it might be that your barcode results to other colourways of the V2 or even the same colourway (but the size doesn’t match) — both can still mean fake.
Only use a perfect size+colourway combination as a reliable tell for an authentic pair.
The next step, and usually the best way to tell a fake pair of Yeezy Black V2 350 Blacks is to inspect the details of the size tag.
Each released Colourway from Yeezy has a different set of inconsistencies and misprints, so what may indicate real vs fake for the Yeezy FU9006 and Yeezy FU9007 may not have the same result for different colourways.
That’s why we’ve created this ultimate guide after all. Let’s take a look at the differences between the authentic size tag and the fake size tag.
With this image of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black size tag, we can see a list of 11 numbers that focus on where you need to inspect to spot a fake.
It may seem overwhelming that such a small label can have so many inconsistencies, but what we are examining is the quality of the print comparing it to an original Adidas manufactured label.
What are the discrepancies that we may encounter?
The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black is manufactured in China and is displayed at the top of the size tag.
However, between the real and the fake, there can be noticeable differences.
The ink bleeding of the “M” in the Made In China text print is a clear indication of this sneaker being fake.
It gives a messy, unauthentic appearance, while the genuine pair has a slightly larger font size with a stretched look and a thinner font text on the top of the print.
The country indicator that forms the header of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black size guide has differences on the fake tag when you compare it to the original label.
The “US” is thicker on the replica sneakers, with surrounding lines also being more substantial.
You can spot some blotting occurring at the top end of the “S”. The blotting or pooling of ink can indicate that low-quality printing has been used to create the size tag.
The Kernel spacing of the font on labels is the perfect way to stop a fake Yeezy Black V2 350.
The kernel is the space between different letters. You can see that on the authentic tag, the APE needs to be spaced with no connection between letters.
While the space between letters is not identical for the Fake, you can see the bottom of the A and P touch, which seem to be a result of slight ink blotting.
The most critical indicator to authenticate the Yeezy 350 Black is the position of the ® sign.
On the fake sneaker, the ® symbol is touching the Adidas logo on the size tag, which is the biggest give away that it’s fake.
While the original version has the ® sign spaced apart from the Adidas logo. A quick way of telling the difference between the real and the replica.
Printing is not always perfect, and that’s a way of telling the difference between a replica and an authentic Yeezy.
You can see that on the 1/2 or 2/3 characters of the size tag. What you will notice is that the printing on the original Yeezy 350 V2 Black features an odd spacing while on the fake print the size lists perfectly spaced half sizes.
It’s a rare anomaly but it proves itself as a reliable way of spotting fake vs real Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black pairs.
Inconsistent lines on the “N” from the “CHN” text shows where the printer ink has pooled between the N lines which make it look thicker and bolder. These inconsistent lines are a telltale sign that the sneaker is fake.
It’s all down to the quality of the print, and this does not occur on the real size tag.
Differences between the real and the fake manufacturer date are very prominent.
The 05/19 displayed on both size tags have unique differences. With the real Yeezy 350 V2 Triple Black featuring a smooth font type while the fake size tag has a different bolded font for the “5” and the “9” on the fake version.
MALE/MALE appearing on the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black is not a guaranteed spot of a fake, even though the imitation has this displayed and the original does not.
We don’t consider this a reliable way of telling a fake from a real, so don’t worry if your pair either has or doesn’t have this inscription.
The font used in the printing of the ART and FU is more significant and thinner on the authentic sneaker. Comparing against the fake sneaker, you can see that the text is smaller and bolder on the fake than on the genuine.
The two serial numbers presented in the image above are thinner and larger on the authentic sneaker.
These serial numbers are not displayed the same on the fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black, where the text is bolder and has some ink blotting between the numbers indicate a fake.
Not all of these inconsistencies may be present on a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black label/size tag, but for each one, you spot, increases the likelihood of the sneaker being a fake.
For this size tag, we have 11 total inconsistencies, when compared against the legit Adidas label. We can spot the bleeding of the 1. “Made In China” and the 6. “CHN” text when you compare the two tags in addition to the blotting of the 7. Manufacturer Date and the fact the Adidas ® copyright icon touches the “S” of the Adidas logo tells us it’s an instant fake.
What you are looking for is a low-quality print label, the telltale signs between a real and fake size tag on the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black are:
Blotting – An example would be, where the ink has pooled during printing that makes the text heavier.
Patching – Often caused by low-quality fabric printers where the ink has not printed on the label. This inconsistency can occasionally happen to authentic printed labels, so try and spot more signs of a fake.
Bleeding – An easy spot where the ink has bled or run from its original position, often caused by low quality or fast printing. Something that you would not see on an authentic Adidas label.
Checking the Boost sole on the V2 350 Black’s can help you to discover if what you have is a fake sneaker.
The Boost sole is on the bottom of the authentic sneaker can be described as having more curvature or more of a ‘bubbly’ structure.
While the fake features a more hard-edged connector which can also be seen on the ‘S’ in boost, notice the more angled curve on the bottom of the ‘S’, An indicator of it being fake.
The striped circles on the authentic Boost 350 V2 Black are more defined and are randomly printed on the bottom of the sneaker, while the fake sneakers will have a more structured pattern and appear to be less random.
The indentation of the hexagon pellets on the bottom of the sneaker will appear more prominently on the fake sneaker than on the authentic.
This indentation gives the appearance of a more defined ‘bubble’ look on the bottom of the replicas.
You’ve scanned the barcode on the box previously, now let’s inspect the box serial numbers, sizes and whether the box has the occasional added gift.
There are some rules for identifying a fake Yeezy Boost 350 Black V2 box when you compare them to an authentic pair box. For the full story of how to spot the fake box, see this article: Yeezy Boost 350 Box.
In the meantime, let’s see a specific comparison for fake vs real Yeezy 350 V2 Black Reflective or Non-Reflective. We’ll cover the general details but, again, we recommend having a look at the link above if anything is unclear — the full story is explained there.
The differences can serve as an indicator as there are two versions released.
The US version features the sneaker size in large print with only three sizes displayed while the international (Canadian/European) version features six sizes on the box with equal-sized print.
If there are six sizes displayed on the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Triple Black box (US, UK, F, D, J and CHN), then the ending serial number should end with a V10.
However, if there are three sizes shown on the box (US – The United States, F – France and UK – The United Kingdom), then the serial number should end with a V02 or a V03.
Follow this rule: if you have a US release and the serial number ends in V10 or if you have a European version, and the serial number ends in V02 or V03, then you’re looking at a replica.
You should not receive anything within the box other than the sneakers and the wrapping paper. Any sign of a gift along with the Black V2’s means that you have a replica pair. In this case, you will be glad not to receive any gift.
Simply put, any gift that’s in the sneaker box indicates a fake. We’ve seen Calabasas socks, most likely replicas, also packaged in with the fake Yeezy Black v2’s.
The Calabasas socks seem to be the most popular gift to receive with this colourway but not the only one.
Be on the lookout for Yeezy Boost V2 stickers or Yeezy Calendars which can be identified on our – gifts inside the fake Yeezy packaging section of the box guide here.
The steps we’ve written so far are the best ways on how to authenticate this item.
The tells listed below this point are still reliable signs of authenticity, but for non-top-versions of replicas available for this item. We recommend sticking to the top tells we’ve explained above this point to make sure you’re not drawing the wrong conclusions.
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Spotting lacing inconsistencies may mean that you have a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black.
We will take a look at the authentic sneaker and compare it to the replica. See the image below.
You will notice on the real sneaker; the right lace goes under first from the bottom while on the counterfeit sneaker the lace goes over. It’s these little details that will allow you to spot a fake.
We have an Authentic vs Fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 lacing guide here that shows you more examples from the different colourways and styles available.
In summary, you should be looking for;
This check is not foolproof, as anyone could relace the sneakers to have the appearance of an authentic pair.
This lace check, in addition to the other 9 steps in this guide should help you determine whether or not you have a replica.
A quick check on the sole of the V2 Blacks can give you an indicator that you’re either looking at an authentic sneaker or a replica sneaker.
To check this inspect the bottom of the Yeezy Boost V2 350 F9006 and F9007 under natural light.
The indicator is that the sole of the original should be translucent. On the counterfeit V2 Black, you will notice that the sneaker is not as opaque as the authentic and is most noticeable around the heel of the sole.
Make sure you view the sneaker in natural light to give you the most accurate result.
The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black design utilises the high-quality Adidas Primeknit technology which incorporates flat knitting and synthetic yarns that fuses to create the shape and material design of the sneaker.
With this intricate process, there’s room for mistakes when resellers try to imitate that design and look.
With the reflective FU9006, the 3M material that bounces off light is more abundant in the authentic sneaker, and with less thought and technique creating the fakes, the differences are not hard to spot.
You can see below the more abundant, thicker 3M reflective material under the light.
The Authentic pair will bounce more light with the best indicator being the laces between genuine and replica sneakers.
Although we haven’t included pictures for the sake of not making this guide overly-complicated, the same flaw applies to fake Yeezy Non-Reflective. The same variance in 3M material reflectiveness can be found on the FU9007 model, with the only caveat that it’s limited to the laces.
The shape of the Authentic Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black is similar to replicas but with one easy spot that you’ll need to compare to the picture below.
You will see the main stand out fake telltale sign being the sneaker tongue. It’s elongated and taller than on the original Boost Black V2.
So if you have an elongated tongue, the chances that you have a fake are increased.
Compare your sneaker to the pictures below to spot a fake.
Inspecting the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black insole can reveal more details that will help you identify a fake.
There are many small differences, and each one allows us to detect where we have an imitation replica.
What should you be checkings to spot a fake?
The Yeezy Boost V2 Black Insole has a serial number printed at the top. On the authentic, it is placed near the top but with space above it. One the fake sneaker there is very little space between the serial number and the edge of the insole.
You can see that there are some small details that you can use to identify a fake V2 350 Black, you should be looking to spot any differences between the Adidas Trefoil logo and the outline emboss of the logo.
There’s a small space at the top of the logo on the authentic sneaker.
However, this space is exaggerated on the replica telling us that we could have a fake.
Checking the sole identifies more inconsistencies, this time with the printing of the fake V2 350 Black ‘adidas’ text.
This indicator is most noticeable on the ‘S’ of the Adidas logo where it appears to be bolder and stands out more against the authentic sneaker.
With the upper, material side of the insole, it’s wise to check the text of the insole against the picture above and to look out for differences with the Adidas Trefoil Logo as it may appear less defined and detailed on a fake sneaker as opposed to an original sneaker.
The YEEZY text is well defined with sharp, high-quality lines on the authentic. However, it appears to be a great indicator when you compare this text to a fake pair’s insoles.
Notice how the fake version of ‘YEEZY’ is more curved and uses softer less defined lines.
Since it can be seen clearly on the ‘Z’, this means that you have spotted a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black.
The last real vs fake check we need to perform on the Yeezy 350 V2 Black applies to the F9007 reflective style.
This flaw is because the stripe length has been reduced on individual authentic styles, so as to have more of the reflective 3M material visible.
On the authentic V2 Black 350 you should be looking for the Yeezy stripe to be shorter, leaving a space between the toe of the Yeezy and the start of the streak.
If you compare the fake Yeezy Boost V2 350 Black to the authentic, you can identify the fake due to it having an elongated stripe that reaches the toe of the sneaker whereas the real sneaker will stop short of the toe.
In summary, checking you have an authentic Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black can be completed efficiently in 60 seconds by following what we’ve discussed before.
Here are the leading indicators that you have a fake.
Follow these steps to authentic your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black.
We offer an authentication service for the Yeezy Boost 350 Black; it’s simple, send us pictures of your sneakers, and we will come back to you with a verdict in 24 to 48 hours. We will send you a report on why your sneaker is authentic or why we think it’s a replica.
Thank you for reading our fake vs real Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black Non-Reflective/Reflective guide. We’ll always update the comparisons, as newer and better fakes are put out.
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