Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx Fake Vs Real Guide (Reflective And Non-Reflective)

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Do you want to learn how to spot fake Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx, also known as the triple black Yeezy 380s?

If so, then you re in the right place to learn how to spot fake triple black Yeezy Boost 380, as we’ve put this guide together with a set of spots you have to follow.

Along with every step of the guide in which we are going to cover in this real vs fake Yeezy Boost 380 Black Onyx legit check guide, we are going to take it easy and detailed with every piece of information.

At every step of our fake vs real Yeezy Onyx 380 legit check guide, you are going to see reference real vs fake Yeezy 380 Onyx images that will help you easily spot the difference between the real deal and the fake pieces.

The easiest way to spot fake Yeezy 380 Onyx (Black) is to look at the size tag inside each shoe, as this little piece of fabric never has its inscriptions correctly printed on the fake shoes, because in every replica version, the fake Onyx Yeezys have their text either too thick, too thin or just improperly positioned, while the authentic Onyx 380 Yeezys are always perfectly defined.

How to spot fake Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx (Black)

Step 1: Fake vs real Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx barcode scan

One of the very first things you want to look for on your Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx is the barcode, located on the box’s label.

yeezy boost 380 onyx authentication guide

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 380 Onyx, 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 – Onyx/Onyx/Onyx (Non-Reflective: FZ1270, Reflective: H02536)
  • Style – 380
  • Size – From 4 to 17 (US)

How do you scan your Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx  using the Legit Check App?

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

Once you are ready to scan, tap on the barcode scan icon and focus in on the barcode on the box of your Yeezy Onyx .

Barcode Scan Sneaker Legit Check App

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 Onyx .

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. 

yeezy 380 onyx authentic barcode

As you can see in the image above, all of the results match with the colourway, size, and product ID with the authentic Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx ’s box label in the fake vs real Yeezy 380 Onyx  image above.

Please keep in mind that if there are no results shown for your pair, that is because the Yeezy Onyx  is a newer release, and it takes time until the results of the barcodes are generated on the internet.

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.

yeezy 380 onyx fake barcode

As you can see in the image above, the fake Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx ’s barcode does not match with 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 Onyx 380s for authenticity, read our article here.

Step 2: Real vs fake Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx size tag

Just as how we’ve mentioned at the top of the guide on how to spot fake Yeezy Onyx sneakers, the size tag is the best way to authenticate the Onyx 380s.

Every replica of the Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx sneakers has its text on the size tag with flaws, whether they are in terms of thickness for the characters or just spacing between them.

First things first, let’s have quick look a the reference real vs fake Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx image linked below.

yeezy 380 onyx black fake vs real

As you can see, the image with the real vs fake Yeezy Onyx sneakers presents five flaws visible on the fake shoes’ size tag. We are now going to talk about each flaw individually.

1 –  The “MADE IN CHINA” text

The very first inscription you see if you look at the size tag from the top is the “MADE IN CHINA” one.

Looking at the replica Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx shoes, you can see how their “MADE IN CHINA” text is too thin.

If we look at the authentic Yeezy Boost 380 Only sneakers, we can notice how the fake Yeezy 380 onyx pair has its text looking thicker and more defined than the one found on the replica pair.

2 – The date of manufacturing’s print

Up next, on the middle-right side of the real vs fake Yeezy 380 Onyx’s size tags, you can see how the fake shoes have their date of manufacturing’s print at the wrong font-weight.

By that, we mean that the fake shoes have their “07” text too thin, and that their “20” text is too thick.

At the sam time, the fake shoes have their slash (“/“) character placed too close to the “20” inscription, therefore being too far away from the “07” text.

On the other hand, the authentic shoes have their “07/20” text at the same thickness and kerning between each character.

3 – The last line of text on the size tag

Up next, the third flaw spotted on the fake shoes’ size tag is visible on the last line of text, which presents these “randomly-looking” combination of letters and numbers.

In the image with the fake vs real Yeezy 380 Onyx shoes above, you can see how the fake pair has the whole line of text looking too thick.

This flaw applies not only to the letters but also to the numbers, which you can see that they are too thin as well, on the fake pair.

Back to the authentic Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx sneakers, you can see how their last line of text looks thicker, but at the same time, all of the characters on the legit shoes have the same thickness.

4 – The LHG/APE/CLU/EVN print

Please note that LHG, CLU, APE, or EVN inscriptions 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 380 Onyx pair.

However, what you need to pay attention to is the quality of printing here. Look out for ink blotting, fuzzy lines, and other signs of poor quality of printing.

5 – The “US UK FR JP CHN” text

Lastly, the fifth factor that’s wrong on the fake shoes’ size tag is the line of text saying “US UK FR JP CHN”.

Looking at the replica Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx shoes’ size tag, you can see how their “US UK FR JP CHN” line of text is too thin.

Yet again, the authentic Yeezys proof their higher quality inscription, which are again thicker and more defined than the ones found on the fake size tag.

Step 3: Check the boost sole of your Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx Black pair

Proceeding to the third method on how to see fake vs real Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx Black shoes, we are now going to have a look at the boost sole of the two pairs.

The boost sole is what we consider another reliable authenticity factor for the 380 Onyx, so we recommend that you never skip this step.

how to see fake yeezy onyx 380

In the image with the fake vs real Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx shoes above, we have pointed out how the fake shoes have their “boost” text on the sole looking too thin.

That is caused by the fact that the fake “boost” text is not fit as deep as it is on the genuine Yeezy Onyx 380s.

Speaking of which, if we look at the legit shoes’ “boost” text, you can see how this inscription is properly fit into the foamy material, as it has the right thickness for its characters.

So as to visualise another comparison of the real vs fake Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx shoes on their boost sole, let’s have a look at another image below.

fake vs real yeezy boost 380 onyx

In the image above with the fake vs real Yeezy Onyx Black 380s, you can see how their “boost” text is once again too thin, and how the legit shoes have their text thicker.

That aside, it is also noticeable in the fake vs real Yeezy Onyx image above how the fake pair has its pellets too little visible.

On the there hand, the authentic Yeezy Boost 380 shoes have their pellets more visible, as they are defined more than the ones on the fake Onyx Black 380 pair.

yeezy boost 380 onyx fake sole

Lastly, in the image above, we have highlighted another fake Yeezy 380 Onyx boost sole for your reference.

Step 4: Verify the lacing style of your Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx sneakers

As for the fourth step of the guide on how to spot fake Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx sneakers, we are now going to look at the real vs fake Yeezy Onyx items for their lacing style.

Not only the Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx, but all of the Adidas x Kanye West “YEEZY” shoes must have their laces in a specific order.

To easily understand this, let’s have a look at the real vs fake Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx image linked below.

how to spot fake yeezy onyx

In the image with the fake vs real Yeezy Onyx shoes above, we have highlighted how the fake shoes have their laces attached to the shoes in the wrong manner.

To put it shortly and so as to properly understand this: from the wearer’s view with the shoes on, the lace that comes form the exterior profile side of the shoes must go under the one from the interior profile side of the shoes.

That means that if you have the right shoe on, from your point of view, the right lace should go below the one from the left side, and vice-versa for the left shoe.

If that wasn’t clear enough or if you just want to be sure that you got it right, let’s have a looked at the more detailed real vs fake Yeezy Onyx 380 image from below.

how to authentiacte yeezy boost 380 onyx

In the image with the fake vs real Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx shoes above, we have highlighted how the authentic shoes once again have the correct lacing pattern, and how the fake shoes have their laces inverted.

Bear in mind that this flaw applies only to the deadstock pairs (unworn, in the factory condition) and to the pairs where we are 100% certain that they didn’t have their laces swapped.

yeezy boost 380 onyx extra authentic laces

Lastly, in the image above, we have highlighted how the authentic classic Yeezy 380 Onyx laces should come – in the cardboard packaging.

That is because as you may know, the Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx shoes come with the already-knotted with the plastic piece laces, but they also come with the classic ones in the cardboard highlighted above.

The steps we’ve written so far are the best ways to authenticate this item.

The next few steps are still reliable signs of authenticity, but are for non-top-versions of replicas available for this item. We recommend sticking to the steps we’ve explained above to make sure you’re not drawing the wrong conclusions.

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Step 5: Fake vs real Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx box label

As for the fifth step of the guide on how to spot fake Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx sneakers, we are going to look at the box label of the fake vs real Yeezy Onyx pairs.

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 380 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.

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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.

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.

As seen in the image below, the authentic label which is an international version has a serial number that ends with V10 as opposed to the fake one which ends with a V10 despite being a US version.

Step 6: Authenticate the middle stitching on the rear side of your shoes

As for the sixth method on how to spot fake Yeezy boost 380 Onyx shoes, we are going to look at the fake vs real Yeezy Onyx items for their middle stitching on the rear side of the shoes.

And, as you may know, we are first going to have a quick look at the reference fake vs real Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx image from below.

real vs fake yeezy boost 380 onyx

In the image with the real vs fake Yeezy Onyx shoes above, we have pointed out how the fake Yeezy Onyx 380s have their middle stitching improperly fit into the shoes.

That is because the fake Yeezy Onyx pair has its middle stitching fit really deep, therefore looking way thicker than what it should look like on the legit pair.

Speaking of which, looking at the retail Yeezy Onyx 380s, you can notice how their middle stitching is fit less deep into the shoes than the one on the fake pair, therefore the legit pair having its stitching looking thinner.

How can I spot a fake Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx in 60 seconds?

The 6 real vs fake Yeezy Onyx steps outlined above are well detailed and it will be time demanding to perform each authentication step when you need to confirm the originality of your 380 Onyx.

That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your sneakers. Below are the top 6 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake pair of sneakers or the real deal.

  1. Scan the barcode. Mostly, the fake Yeezys show up results for different pairs, colourways, and sizes
  2. Check the size tag. The counterfeit Yeezy 380 Onyx pairs are most common to have improperly font-weight and placement for the text on the size tag
  3. Verify the box label. The authentic European box label must have 6 sizes and the “V10” inscription, and the authentic American boxes must have 3 sizes and a “V02” or a “V03” inscription. The fake boxes are usually twisted with the inscriptions
  4. Look at the laces and make sure that on the right shoe, the right side of the lace goes underneath, and on the left shoe, the left side goes underneath. Note: this assumes a top-down view, as if you’re wearing the shoes.
  5. Analyze the boost sole of your sneakers. The fake pellets are usually off the needed shape
  6. Examine the middle stitching on your Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx, as most of the fake pairs have their stitching too thick

Where can I get my Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx authenticated? The Yeezy 380 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 Yeezy Boost 380 Onyx 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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