Yeezy Clay Real Vs Fake Guide (Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Clay)

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Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by Ch David

Learn how to spot fake Yeezy 350 V2 Clay with:

  • Real vs fake Yeezy Clay images
  • Detailed explanations
  • Short checklists

You can legit check both women’s and men’s Yeezy Clay with this guide.

Not what you need? See our Yeezy 350 V2 Mono Clay tutorial.

Below we’ll focus on the OG Clay colourway.

How to spot fake Yeezy Clay

The best way to spot fake Yeezy 350 V2 Clay is examining the size tag and the box label of the sneakers.

Verify if the size code matches the version you possess.

1. Barcode

Every legit Yeezy 350 V2 comes with the following unique data:

  • Colorway – Clay EG7490
  • Style – 350 V2
  • Size – From 5 – 14

1.1. How to scan

  • Open the Legit Check App
  • Tap “Barcode scanner”
  • Look up your shoebox’s barcode
Legit Check Barcode Scan Sneakers

Then, check out the results.

1.2. Real

  • Authentic because everything checks out:
  • Yeezy, 350 V2, Clay, Size US8

Safe to say we’re looking at the real deal.

1.3. Fake

  • Fake because not all details match.
  • Remember: The shoes in the fake box above are US11.5!
  • Instead of that, we get results for various sizes: US7.5, US14
  • Also, just 4 results come up for this pair.

This is 100% a fake barcode.

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

2. Size tag

  1. Made In China Label Print:
    • Authentic: Sharp, well-defined text edges.
    • Fake: Bolder, rounded text, particularly in letters I and M, with signs of ink pooling.
  2. US UK FR JP CHN Print Text:
    • Authentic: Adequate space between text and bounding lines.
    • Fake: Text almost touching bounding lines due to thicker letters.
  3. Size Number Print:
    • Authentic: Clear print with a standard structure.
    • Fake: Thicker, fuzzy text with different structure in size numbers, especially in “½”.
  4. APE/CLU/EVN Number Print:
    • Note: Inscription varies and is not a reliable authenticity indicator.
  5. Dot on Adidas Logo:
    • Authentic: Single dot above the logo.
    • Fake: Multiple ink blots around the logo area due to poor printing.
  6. Adidas Text Print:
    • Authentic: Standard dot over the letter “i”.
    • Fake: Longer dot over “i” due to ink blotting.
  7. Adidas ® Copyright Location:
    • Authentic: ® symbol spaced from “Adidas” text.
    • Fake: ® symbol touching the “s” in “Adidas”.
  8. F Serial Number:
    • Authentic: Fine print with no ink pooling.
    • Fake: Ink pooling at the bottom of letters, especially in B and J.
  9. ART Number:
    • Authentic: Thin, consistent text.
    • Fake: Bolder text with visible inconsistency in letter “E”.
  10. MALE/MÂLE Appearance:
    • Authentic: Standard, clear print.
    • Fake: Bolder text with inconsistent line widths in the letter M.
  11. Manufacturer Date Print:
    • Note: Text varies; not a reliable authenticity indicator. However, bolder text indicates a likely fake.
  12. “A” in Made In China Text:
    • Authentic: Adequate negative space in letter “A”.
    • Fake: Smaller negative space due to bolder text.

3. Box label

  • US Version:
    • Features US, UK, and F sizes.
    • US size in large print, others in smaller prints below.
  • International Version:
    • Displays 6 countries (US, UK, F, D, J, and CHN) sizes.
    • All 6 sizes in equal prints on the label.
  • Serial Number:
    • US Version: Ends with V02 or V03.
    • International Version: Ends with V10.
    • Deviation from this pattern indicates a fake product.
  • Authentic Example:
    • There are 6 sizes, so it’s an international box.
    • International version with a serial number ending in V10.
  • Fake Example:
    • There are 3 sizes, so it’s a US box.
    • However, it features a V10, which is specific to the international box.

For this fake box to be legit, it should’ve had a “V02” or “V03” print.

Still unclear? No worries, we’ve got a separate in-depth Yeezy box guide.

4. Lacing

  • Lacing Style:
    • Left shoe: Left lace under the right lace.
    • Right shoe: Right lace under the left lace.

Not a foolproof indicator, as fake manufacturers can mimic authentic lacing patterns.

Let’s look closer:

Seee how the fake shoe gets the wrong pattern once again.

5. Boost sole

5.1. Best fake

  • Authentic: Bubbly and soft boost with well-defined, random striped circles.
  • Fake: Stiffer boost with a more “mathematical” pattern to the striped circles.

5.2. Mid fake

  • Authentic:
    • The pellets are more noticeable.
    • However, they’re thinner than the fake.
  • Fake:
    • Pellets are harder to notice.
    • Also thicker than the real.

5.3. Low fake

  • Fake: The pellets follow a mathematical pattern.
  • Authentic: Randomised placement for all pellets.

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.

6. Stitching

6.1. Front

  • Authentic: Thinner and structurally different middle stitching.
  • Fake: Significantly thicker middle stitching.

6.2. Back

  • Authentic: Minimal flaw in middle stitching.
  • Fake: Flaw in middle stitching, but to a lesser degree than at the back.

Once more, the stitching on fake sneakers tends to be weaker and less densely

7. Toe box

7.1. Side

  • Authentic: Flatter toe box with a lower angle between the sole and the ground.
  • Fake: Inflated toe box with a different angle, noticeable with the naked eye.

7.2. Front

  • Same issue as previously mentioned.

8. Tongue

  • Authentic: Different, not as wide.
  • Fake: Wider opening, different structure.

9. Sole

Next, you will need to inspect the gum sole of your sneakers.

9.1. Bottom

  • Authentic: Less vibrant, slightly muted.
  • Fake: More vibrant, brighter shade.

9.2. Midsole


  • Gum Sole: The color is less vibrant and has a subtle tone.
  • Gradient: Smooth and well-blended transition of colors.


  • Gum Sole: Vibrant and bright gum sole color.
  • Gradient: Less smooth transition, lacks a seamless blend.

10. Pull tab

10.1. Back

  • Authentic:
    • Denser and stronger stitching.
    • Brightly-colored thread.
  • Fake:
    • Less dense stitching.
    • Not as neatly done compared to the authentic pair.

10.2. Profile

  • The difference can also be spotted on the rear side of the pull tab…
  • Where the brightly colored stitching outline is missing on the fake.

11. Opacity

  • Authentic: Almost translucent sole.
  • Replica: Less transparent sole.

If the “window” into the boost of your sneakers appears more opaque than usual, it’s likely a replica.

12. Insole

Here are the adidas x YEEZY logo prints.

  • Authentic: Thinner text, even spacing.
  • Replica: Thicker text, shorter spacing.

Authenticity checklist

Can’t go through the full guide? In a rush? Use this list:

  1. Scan Barcode with the Legit Check App:
    • Utilize the Legit Check App to scan the barcode on the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Clay.
  2. Examine Size Tag Printing Quality:
    • Inspect the size tag on the Yeezy V2 Clay for any irregularities in the printing quality.
  3. Verify Serial Numbers and Sizes on Box Label:
    • Check the box label for the presence of accurate serial numbers and sizes.
  4. Confirm Correct Lacing Style:
    • Ensure that the lacing style of the Yeezy V2 Clay follows the correct pattern, with the right lace under the right shoe and the left lace under the left shoe.
  5. Check Boost Sole for Bubbles:
    • Inspect the boost sole on the Yeezy V2 Clay for any signs of bubbling.
  6. Look for Middle Stitching Inconsistencies:
    • Examine the middle stitching on the back of the sneakers for any irregularities.
  7. Verify Toe Box Shape:
    • Ensure that the toe box is not overly inflated.
  8. Assess the Opening Width:
    • Check that the opening on the authentic Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Clay is sufficiently wide.
  9. Examine Sole Color:
    • Verify that the color of the sole is not excessively bright for genuine sneakers.
  10. Inspect Pull Tab Stitching:
    • Evaluate the stitching on the pull tab to assess its density and strength.
  11. Confirm Semi-Translucent Sole:
    • Ensure that the sole of the Yeezy V2 Clay is semi-translucent as expected.
  12. Check Insole for Logo and Text Consistency:
    • Look for any inconsistencies in the insole regarding the logo and text for authenticity.

Expert Yeezy 350 V2 Clay authentication

If you require assistance in authenticating your Yeezy Boost V2 Clay

  • Simply send us high-quality images of your V2 Clay.
  • We’ll provide you with results within 24 to 48 hours…
  • With a report explaining the reasons behind our assessment of your sneakers’ authenticity.

Here is the end of our Yeezy Clay real vs fake guide.

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