How To Spot Fake Yeezy: Copper, Green & Red Stripe

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Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by Ch David

Looking to learn how to spot fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Copper, Red Stripe, Green Stripe?

In this guide, we’ll look at the real vs fake Yeezys from the Black Friday Pack.

This guide works for all three colorways.

They’re also known as the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Core Black:

  • Red (BY1604)
  • Green (BY9611)
  • Copper (BY1605)

Core Black White: We have a separate Yeezy 350 V2 Oreo legit check guide.

Be sure to check that one out as well.

For now, we’ll focus on the Copper, Red Stripe, and Green Stripe.

How to tell fake Yeezy 350 V2 Core Black

You can spot fake Yeezy 350 V2 Core Black (Red, Green, Copper) by checking the size tag. Fakes never have the right font-weight and placement for their inscriptions.

All authentic pairs are 100% flawless.

The Adidas x Yeezy line represents quality, and real pairs always deliver.

Let’s check it out!

1. Barcode

  • Effectiveness: Scanning the barcode spots 95% of fake Yeezy Core pairs.
  • Why It Works: Fake manufacturers often overlook accurate barcode details.
  • When scanning the barcode of a Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Core, ensure the shoe size matches the online results.
  • Mismatches are a strong sign of a fake pair.

Every authentic Yeezy 350 V2 pair comes with the following unique details:

  • Colorway:
    • Copper: BY1605
    • Red Stripe: BY9612
    • Green Stripe: BY9611
  • Style: 350 V2
  • Size (US): From 5 – 14

More about the Yeezy 350 V2 Oreo barcode over here.

1.1. How to scan it

  • Download the Legit Check App.
  • Tap “Barcode scanner”.
  • Point the camera at the box.
  • Scan the barcode.
  • Analyze the results.
Barcode Scan Sneaker Legit Check App
  • Verification: A perfect match requires both size and colourway from the scan results to align with the box details.
  • Warning: If only one detail mismatches, the box is likely fake.

For a comprehensive guide on barcode verification for V2 Core, check out our detailed article.

1.2 Authentic results

  • Image Analysis: Referring to the linked image, the authentic results show a “US9” size on the box label.
  • Match Confirmation: All scan results align with the product’s size and colourway, confirming its authenticity.

1.3. Fake results

What we’re looking for in this case is the:

  • Yeezy Boost 350 V2
  • Core Black Red
  • Size US10.5

The fake pair doesn’t show any relevant results.

Barcode reliability

  • Attention to Details: Even if you find the correct colourway, it doesn’t guarantee authenticity.
  • More Than Size & Colourway: Just matching size and colourway isn’t enough; fakes can occasionally get it right.
  • Test Purpose: This method is designed to quickly identify fake barcodes that have inconsistencies.

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

2. Size tag


  • Authentic: Regular thickness.
  • Fake: The text, especially the letter “M”, is too thick.

2. Half size print: ½

  • Authentic: Proportional and closely spaced.
  • Fake: The character is too thick, and the “1” is placed too far from the slash (“/”).

3. adidas ®

  • Authentic: The “R” and “adidas” text are separate.
  • Fake: The “R” touches the “adidas” text.

4. Year print: “16”

  • Authentic: The text is thinner.
  • Fake: The “16” text indicating the year 2016 is too thick.

5. CHN size

  • Authentic: The “N” is straight and proportional.
  • Fake: The letter “N” is too thick, with the rightmost leg appearing curvy.

3. Box label

The Yeezy-Adidas collection is released in two versions: US & International (EU + CA).

Hence, each box label will say something different.

3.1. Red Stripe

  • US Version Box Label
    • Features 3 sizes: US, UK, and F.
    • The US size is prominently displayed, with UK and F in smaller prints below it.
  • International Version Box Label
    • Displays 6 sizes: US, UK, F, D, J, and CHN.
    • All sizes are printed with equal prominence.

In this case, both the authentic and the fake boxes are the US version.

  • Fake: Displays “V10” even though it’s a US version.
  • Authentic: Should display either “V02” or “V03”.

3.2. Green Stripe

  • Authentic (US Version): Ends with “V02” or “V03”.
  • Authentic (European/International Version): Ends with “V10”.
  • Fake (US Version): Incorrectly ends with “V10”, as shown in the image above.

This mismatch is a clear indicator of a fake pair.

3.3. Copper

  • US Version (3 sizes): Serial numbers always end with “V02” or “V03”.
  • International Version (6 sizes): Serial numbers always end with “V10”.

4. Lacing

All authentic Yeezys follow the same lacing pattern:

  • Left Shoe: Left lace goes under the right lace.
  • Right Shoe: Right lace goes under the left lace.

A deviation suggests a counterfeit.

  • If the lacing pattern doesn’t match the described style upon unboxing, it’s likely a counterfeit.
  • Note: Just because the lacing pattern is correct doesn’t guarantee authenticity.

Let’s look at another detailed image:

  • Fake manufacturers can mimic the authentic lacing pattern.
  • Relying solely on lacing isn’t a foolproof method for determining authenticity.
  • Always cross-check with other indicators.

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. Boost

5.1. Best fake

  • Authentic: Boost sole has a bubbly texture; less differentiation between boost pellets and the striped circles are well-defined.
  • Fake: Boost may seem slightly rigid with poorly defined striped circles.

5.2. Mid fake

  • Authentic: Striped circles appear randomly distributed without any discernible pattern.
  • Fake: Striped circles follow a noticeable mathematical pattern.

5.3. Bad fake

6. Shape

6.1. Opening

  • Authentic: Shoe’s opening is more narrow.
    • The sock liner and the angle from the tongue’s bottom have a specific structure.
  • Fake: Shoe’s opening is wider.
    • The sock liner and angle from the tongue’s bottom differ from the authentic pair.

6.2. Peak

  • Authentic: The tongue curves significantly upwards.
  • Fake: The tongue has a flatter shape, curving less than the authentic pair.

7. Toe box

  • Authentic: Manufactured with high attention to detail and quality equipment.
  • Fake: Produced with lower quality factory equipment and lacks attention to detail, leading to noticeable discrepancies.

8. Stitching

8.1. Front

  • Authentic: Features a distinct structure with narrower stitching.
  • Fake: The stitching is noticeably wider, made with thicker threads, and has a different structure compared to the genuine sneakers.

8.2. Back

  • Authentic: Can be easily identified by its distinct features and quality.
  • Fake: Visible discrepancies and lower quality, noticeable even to the naked eye.

9. Insole

9.1. Rear

  1. Adidas Trefoil Logo:
    • Authentic: Distinct and consistent Adidas Trefoil logo and outline.
    • Fake: Inconsistencies in the Adidas Trefoil logo and its outline.
  2. Text Thickness:
    • Authentic: Text is of regular thickness.
    • Fake: Text is thinner.
  3. Spacing:
    • Authentic: Proportional space between the “Adidas” text and the hexagonal pattern.
    • Fake: More space between the “Adidas” text and the hexagonal pattern and noticeable spacing flaw in the outline surrounding the Adidas Trefoil logo.

9.2. Front

  1. Text Boldness:
    • Authentic: Regular text boldness with space between letters.
    • Fake: Bolder text with less spacing between letters.
  2. Character Edges:
    • Authentic: Well-defined characters with sharp corners.
    • Fake: Rounded character edges, especially visible in the “i.”
  3. YEEZY Text:
    • Authentic: Consistent spacing and font weight.
    • Fake: Different spacing and font weight, particularly noticeable on the Y and Z letters.
  4. Adidas Trefoil Logo:
    • Authentic: Letters with sharply-printed corners.
    • Fake: Letters with rounded corners.

Shortlist: Tell if your Yeezys are fake

  1. Scan the barcode using Legit Check App.
  2. Examine the size tag for print quality.
  3. Inspect serial numbers and sizes on the box label.
  4. Verify the lacing style (right under right, left under left).
  5. Check the boost sole for bubbles.
  6. Ensure the toe box is not bulky.
  7. Confirm the opening width is not too wide.
  8. Inspect the middle stitching.
  9. Check the insole for Adidas text and trefoil logo inconsistencies.

Above is a concise 60-second solution for authenticating your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Core Black.

This quick guide should help you determine authenticity efficiently.

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