Authentic: The “CHINA” text has consistent thickness for all letters.
Fake: The letter “C” in “CHINA” is noticeably thicker than on genuine pairs.
Authentic: No visible scratches or marks on the paint lines above the sizes.
Fake: Typical flaws include visible scratches or marks on the paint lines above the sizes.
2.3. US UK FR JP CHN
Authentic: The “N” in “CHN” is consistent and doesn’t show pooled printer ink.
Fake: The “N” in “CHN” can have pooled printer ink, making it look thicker and bolder.
2.4. Date (xx/19)
Authentic: The “11/19” date displays in a smooth font style.
Fake: The “11/19” date often appears in a bolded font.
Authentic: Presence or absence of “MALE/MALE” isn’t a definite indicator of authenticity.
Fake: The presence or absence of “MALE/MALE” isn’t a surefire sign of a counterfeit.
2.6. adidas ®
Authentic: The ® symbol is spaced apart from the Adidas logo.
Fake: The ® symbol often touches the Adidas logo on the size tag.
3. Box label
The Adidas collaboration with Kanye West’s Yeezys offers two versions of their sneakers.
They are the US and the international versions:
The US version’s box label showcases three country sizes:
US (in large print), followed by UK and F in smaller prints below.
The international version of the V2 Yecheil displays sizes for six countries:
US, UK, F, D, J, and CHN.
All sizes are printed in equal font size on the label.
Authentic: On the box label’s bottom right-hand corner, the serial number for US releases ends with either V02 or V03.
For international (Canadian/European) releases, it ends with V10.
For an authentic international version with 6 sizes, the serial number concludes with V10.
Fake: If a US version’s box label has a serial number ending with V10 instead of V02 or V03, it’s a clear indication of a counterfeit.
Any deviation from this pattern confirms the V2 Yecheil as fake.
Authentic: On the genuine sneaker, the right lace is threaded from underneath.
Fake: On the counterfeit, the right lace goes over the top.
Such minute details are key in distinguishing real from fake.
Here’s a detailed comparison:
If the lacing style doesn’t match this pattern straight out of the box, the sneakers are likely counterfeit.
As laces can be swapped even on an authentic pair:
This is a reliable authenticity teller only if the pair is new, unworn (deadstock).
An authentic shoe may have its laces reverted by mistake.
This can happen if the previous wearer didn’t pay attention when relacing the shoes.
Just because the lacing pattern is correct doesn’t guarantee the authenticity of the sneakers.
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.
5.1. Best replica
Fake: The counterfeit displays a sharper connector, especially noticeable on the ‘S’ in “boost”.
The bottom curve of the ‘S’ is more angled, signalling its inauthenticity.
Fake: They often have a more uniform pattern, making the circles appear less random.
Authentic: The striped circles are clearer and randomly distributed on the sneaker’s bottom.
5.2. Mid replica
Fake: The hexagon pellets on the sneaker’s bottom are more indented, giving the counterfeit a distinct ‘bubble’ appearance at the base.
Authentic: The genuine sneaker has less pronounced indentations on the hexagon pellets.
5.3. Low replica
Fake: The pellets are too visible.
Fake: They’re also too sharp.
Examine the sock liner and the angle starting from the base of the tongue.
Fake: On the counterfeit V2 Yecheil pair, the shoe’s opening is broader, and its structure differs from the genuine pair.
Fake: The counterfeit shoes tend to have a flatter and less pronounced curve at the tongue’s peak.
Authentic: The “peak” of the tongue on the genuine shoes curves more prominently upwards.
Fake: Not enough light is being reflected.
Fake: The 3M reflective material is not dense enough on the fake laces.
Authentic: The genuine pair has a higher reflectiveness, especially evident in the laces.
Note: This reflectiveness flaw also applies to fake Yecheil Non-Reflective.
8. Toe box
Fake: The toe box is too close to the ground.
Authentic: The toe box is higher off the ground.
9. Middle stitching
Fake: The middle stitching on the counterfeit sneaker is less defined and uses thinner threads.
Authentic: The genuine pair has more pronounced, wider middle stitching.
Authentic: The sole of the genuine V2 Yecheil is translucent, especially noticeable around the heel area.
Fake: The counterfeit version’s sole isn’t as translucent.
Tip: Always inspect the Yecheils in natural light for the best accuracy.
Authentic: The letters are bolder with sharply printed square edges, especially evident on the “i” letter.
Fake: Text is thinner and more rounded, with the “i” letter having rounded corners.
11.2. Serial number
Authentic: The serial number on the insole side is thin with evenly spaced out letters, giving a sharp appearance.
Fake: The text is notably bolder and larger compared to the original.
Authentic: The Yeezy Boost V2 Yecheil has multiple clear indentations on the side of the insole.
Fake: There’s only a single indentation present on the side.
There’s a wider space between the Adidas trefoil logo and the hexagonal pattern.
The Adidas text has a distinct shape and size.
The ® character is clearly and fully printed.
Reduced space between the Adidas trefoil logo and the hexagonal pattern.
The Adidas text is slightly altered in shape and size.
The ® character isn’t fully printed.
Shortlist: Authenticate Yeezy 350 V2 Yecheil in 30 seconds
Barcode Scan: The barcode should match the exact sneaker details: colourway, size, and product ID.
Size Tag: Examine the size tag for inconsistencies when compared to authentic Yeezy Yecheil tags.
Shape of the Shoe: Check the shoe’s shape, especially the tongue. It shouldn’t be too long.
Box label: Make sure your version has the right inscriptions.
Boost Sole Analysis: Check the pellets in the boost sole. Fakes usually don’t get the shape right.
Lace Position: On the right shoe, the right lace should go underneath. On the left shoe, the left lace should be underneath (considering a top-down view).
3M Sides Reflectiveness: Authentic shoes have a distinct shine. Fake ones are often less shiny.
Toe Box Shape: Fakes usually have a toe box that’s too arched and curvy.
Middle Stitching: The stitching on fake Yeezys might appear too thin or too thick.
Overall Shape: Pay attention to the curvature, especially around the tongue area. Fakes might be less or overly curved.
Insole Examination: Fake insoles often have distorted logos and text. Look for anomalies like the “R” character being too close to the Adidas logo or the “adidas YEEZY” text being off in thickness and shape.
When short on time and needing to authenticate your Yeezy Boost V2 Yecheil, there’s a quick 60-second guide you can follow.
Above are the top 11 signs to help you identify if your sneakers are genuine Adidas-made V2 Yecheil or fake.
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