Here’s the most complete and detailed guide on how to spot fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter (F36980).
On the 30th of June 2018, after about 6 months of no new V2, the vibrant Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter colourway was officially released.
The Yeezy V2 Butter which comes in a bright yellow hue as suggested by the name and is designed with all the much-loved features of the V2 line:
However, unlike its precedents in the Yeezy 350 V2 line, the Butter colourway features the signature ‘SPLY-350’ inscription on the interior side of the sneakers.
When it was originally released, the stock level for the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter F36980 was somewhat average. High enough for sneakerheads to purchase a pair, but still relatively low such that some potential buyers would have to make do with a resale purchase or wait until Adidas released more pairs.
Fake manufacturers, of course, saw an opportunity to create fake Yeezy V2 Butter sneakers and sell them to unsuspecting customers desperate to cop a pair of the famous trainers.
That is why we have created this Ultimate Fake Vs Real Guide Yeezy 350 V2 Butter guide with pictures to help you differentiate between a fake and the real Yeezy Butter. This legit check guide features 10 indicators on the Yeezy 350 V2 Butter that can help you determine the originality of your Yeezy Boost V2 Butter.
The quickest way to check if a pair of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter is fake or real is to inspect the box label and the size tag of your sneakers. Check the box label to see if the size code is correct for the US or international version, depending on the one you have. Besides, inspect the size tag for the quality of the printing and look out for things like ink pooling and blotting. If you spot any inconsistencies with the box label or you notice signs of poor quality of printing on the size tag, then without a doubt, you are dealing with a less than authentic pair.
Without any further ado, let’s jump into the real vs fake Yeezy Butter comparison.
The size tag and the box label are not the only indicators of authenticity in the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter. As a matter of fact, in total, there are 10 indicators you can use to verify the authenticity of a pair of Yeezy V2 Butter sneakers.
This guide lists all 10 indicators with an in-depth explanation of how to spot the differences, along with clear images that show a side by side fake vs real comparison to help you understand what you are supposed to be looking at.
At the bottom of the extensive guide, you will also find a quick check solution that summarizes how to tell if your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter is real or fake.
How have we created this Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter Real Vs Fake Guide?
We have carefully researched and analysed dozens of both fake and real Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter and we have compiled the information we have gathered thus far, to create this detailed fake vs real comparison guide for the V2 Butter.
Below are the 10 steps you can use to determine if your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 are the real deal or you were scammed out of your money.
When you purchase a new pair of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter, before discarding the box packaging it came with, it’s wise to scan the barcode on the label of the box.
The barcode is the first indicator of whether you have a fake V2 Butter or not.
Most manufacturers overlook the barcode because they assume customers do not pay attention to it.
But with the prevalence of fake products, the barcode has become one of the best indicators customers can use to authenticate their sneakers, thanks to the Legit Check App.
The Legit Check App is very effective at detecting fake Yeezy V2 Butter from the barcode scanning process. We highly recommend that you use the app if you want to scan the barcode of your sneakers to check for authenticity.
We have a detailed article explaining the barcode test, but we will summarize it in this post with authentic and fake Yeezy Butter F36980 examples.
Before you scan the barcode on the box of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter, you will first need to understand how the process works. Every pair of Yeezy sneakers features a unique barcode that relates to a specific combination of;
When you scan the barcode on the Yeezy V2 Butter box, the app will compare the barcode of your sneakers to those of other Yeezy sneakers and will return with results that either confirm or repudiate the authenticity status of the sneakers.
With an understanding of how the Legit Check app works, we can now proceed to how the app is used.
You will first need to download and install the Legit Check App on your phone.
When you are ready to scan, open the app, tap on the barcode scan icon and focus in on the barcode on the box of your Yeezy Boost Butter.
Now, it will be left for you to determine the authenticity of the sneakers.
If the results show a number of confirmations on Google for your unique code which matches the colourway and size combination, then it is safe to assume your box is authentic.
It is imperative to understand that an authentic box does not automatically translate to an authentic pair of sneakers. This is because fake manufacturers can go as far as swapping the real sneakers for the fake ones to sell their goods.
The only tell of an authentic pair is that the unique barcode matches the size and the colourway of other V2 Butter pairs found on the internte.
If there are inconsistencies, like in a case where the colourway matches but the size differs and vice versa, then it is most definitely a fake product.
If the results for the barcode scan of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter look like the image below, then you can be certain you have a fake pair of Yeezys. This result means the barcode does match any of the unique Adidas product codes, and thus, not manufactured by Adidas.
If anything we’ve said was not clear, be sure to check our full barcode scan test guide here — what we’ve done so far is simply put in front of you the short story.
Once you are done scanning the barcode, you can then proceed to the next step of the authentication process which will involve inspecting the size tag of the Yeezy 350 V2 Butter.
Now it is important to understand that each colourway from the Yeezy V2 line has its own peculiarities regarding the size tag and as such.
Below are 11 unique inconsistencies we spotted in the size tag of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter that can help you differentiate between a fake size tag and the real size tag.
The Made in China print on the size tag indicates that the Yeezy V2 Butter was made in China. While the fake and original size tags may both read the same thing, there is a huge difference in the quality of printing.
As shown in the image below, on the fake size tag, the shape of the C, the lower right bottom of N and the second and third legs of M are not consistent with the rest of the letters on that row.
On the real size tag, however, there are no inconsistencies to be spotted in the text, be it in font style, shape and spacing.
We understand how, in this specific comparison, the “MADE IN CHINA” text is slightly scuffed on the authentic pair — this is normal and happens with wear.
We’re comparing an authentic size tag from a worn pair to see how, even in the worst case scenario, there are still flaws to be found.
On the second row is the “US UK FR JP CHN” country indicator print text. On the fake tag, you will notice that the text is significantly bolder with signs of ink pooling owing to the poor quality of printing.
The real size tag features thinner and finely shaped letters free of ink pooling or blotting.
The third row of the size tag features numbers which are supposed to be aligned with their corresponding countries on the second row.
On authentic size tags, the numbers are well aligned, printed directly under the center of the US/UK/FR/JP/CHN text box.
On the fake size tags, however, the inscriptions are poorly aligned and arranged differently.
Please note that on the size tag of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter, you may find both CLU and APE prints.
Regardless, both inscriptions can be found on an authentic pair, so we do not consider this inscription as a reliable tell for how to spot fake Yeezy V2 Butter.
On the bottom left corner of the size tag is the Adidas logo.
Due to the bad quality printing, on the fake Yeezy V2 Butter size tag, the letters of the logo are clearly bolder and closely packed such that all the letters are touching each other, to the point where the text is harder to read.
The fine printing on the authentic one, however, has thinner letters with better spacing which makes it a lot easier to read.
The appearance of the ® character on the size tag is critical in the authentication of your sneakers.
This ® symbol should never touch the s in “adidas” text below it as seen in the fake size tag inscription. The ® should be spaced apart from the Adidas logo on the original version however.
Also, while on the authentic size tag the ® character is relatively legible, on the fake tag it’s completely illegible, almost like a small black dot with very little distinction of the letter R.
On the last row of the size tag is the FQS number print. On the fake size tag, there is a clear variation in the space between letters and you will also notice that the F and Q are not properly aligned and all letters have their bottom side smudged, an indication of ink pooling owing to the bad quality of printing.
Please note that this text will always vary, so do not consider the specific inscription as a way of spotting the fake.
On the authentic Yeezy V2 Butter, the serial number found on the size tag is slightly thinner compared to the bolder characters of the fake size tag.
Also, take note of the negative space in the middle of the # character and notice the difference in space in the authentic one where the # is not weirdly spaced out from the other numbers.
On the fake size tag, the MALE/MÂLE text is wider and the letters are not properly spaced out.
For example, the M and Â are clearly touching each other on the fake size tag, while on the authentic one, there’s a tiny gap between them — it may be hard to notice at a glance but it is still there nonetheless.
Here, pay attention to the slash that separates the two figures. The slash is significantly bolder on the fake Yeezy V2 Butter compared to the thinner slash on the authentic pair.
Also, production dates typically vary between different pairs of sneakers, so don’t worry if your pair doesn’t seem to have a production date that corresponds with others.
Thus, we do not consider this area to be a reliable tell for how to spot fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter.
Again, highlighting what we briefly said regarding the size numbers, the slash in the fractions of the fake size tag will always vary from the authentic pair.
Remember, not every single one of these 11 inconsistencies may be spotted on the size tag of a single pair of fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter. Nonetheless, even if only one inconsistency is present on the whole size tag, that doesn’t make it any less of a fake.
For the third step of checking the authenticity status of your Yeezy 350 Butter, you will inspect the label on the box packaging.
There are general guidelines to follow when you want to determine the authenticity of a pair Yeezy V2 Butter. If you want to read the full story of how to spot the fake Yeezy box, read the article here.
Yet again, we will cover the main points with specific Yeezy Butter examples below.
There are two indicators you will be looking out for here – the size and serial numbers on the box.
First off, the Yeezy 350 Butter is available in two different versions – the US version and the international version (Canadian and European).
Each version comes with a different size print that serves as an indicator of the two versions released.
On the US version of the Yeezy Butter, the sneaker size is available for three regions – US, F and the UK. The US size is in large print while the F and UK sizes are in small prints below it.
The international version in the other hand features 3 more sizes than the US version making it 6 sizes in total (US, UK, F, D, J and CHN) and unlike the US version, all six sizes on the box are in equal-sized print.
So what is the difference between the two?
This is where the serial number becomes relevant.
If you have a US version of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter, (with the US, UK and F sizes), then the serial number on the box label should end with a V02 or V03.
The international version with six sizes (US, UK, F, D, J and CHN) on the other hand, should have a serial number that ends with only V10.
If your size print indicates an international version and the serial number ends in V02 or V03, or, on the other hand, if you have a US version and the serial number ends in V10, then your sneakers were surely not manufactured or packaged by Adidas, rather by a replica producer.
For a more in-depth review of how to identify a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter from inspecting the box label, please read this article.
Every colourway in the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 line follows one unique lacing style and any deviation from this pattern could mean that you have a fake pair of sneakers.
Taking a look at the image comparison below, you can see that on the authentic pair of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter, on the right sneaker.
The right lace goes under the left lace and on the left sneaker, the left lace goes under the right lace.
Let us recap the situation found here:
If you have the original pair of sneakers:
On the right shoe, the right lace should go underneath the left lace. In the left shoe, the left lace should go underneath the right one.
If you have a fake pair of sneakers:
On the right shoe, the left lace may go underneath the right lace and in the left shoe, the right lace may go underneath the left one.
If you notice any inconsistencies with your lacing style, then you are probably looking at a fake.
Nonetheless, it is essential to understand that this method of authenticity can only be applied to deadstock (brand new) Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter pairs.
If you are buying a second hand pair, then there is the possibility that the previous owner may have completely un-laced and re-laced them at some point.
Nonetheless, we do not consider the lacing style to be a reliable indicator of authenticity in a pair of Yeezy V2 Butter. As fake manufacturers can still lace their counterfeit sneakers to mimic the pattern in the original pair.
However, it will weed out a lot of fakes instantly, since no authentic Yeezys come laced like that.
The boost sole is a unique feature of the Yeezy-Adidas collection and it can serve as a good indicator of authenticity in the Yeezy V2 Butter.
The boost sole on the bottom of a real V2 Butter has a bubbly form and there is less differentiation between the hexagonal shaped pellets.
The pellets on the fake sneakers are also more indented, a poor attempt at giving the boost on the replicas a more bubbly look.
You will also notice that the striped circles on the real pair of sneakers although well defined are more randomly printed.
This is quite unlike the counterfeit pair which features striped circles that look like they are printed following a more structured and mathematical pattern.
For the next step on the authentication process, you will inspect the middle stitching on the back of your sneakers.
Simply inspect the back of the shoe as shown in the image below. As we can see, the fake middle stitching is significantly thicker on the fakes, whereas on the authentic pairs, the stitching has a different structure and it is a lot neater.
Inspecting the middle stitching is a very easy and simple way to spot a fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter as it can definitely be observed with the naked eye.
This is yet another reason why we’ve placed this item higher on our list, since it’s almost an instant callout for a fake Yeezy pair.
Checking the colour of the sole of your Yeezy 350 V2 Butter can help you determine if you are looking at the authentic pair or a replica.
The coloured heel area on the fake pair and original sneakers come in slightly different colours.
For you to notice the difference easier, have a look at this sole to sole comparison where the difference in colour is significantly visible.
Now, take a look at the colour difference in the heel in the second picture. Here, you can clearly see that while the authentic sneakers have a butter sole, the counterfeits have a sole colour that is more gum-like, even on the heel portion area of the sole.
The great thing about this particular indicator that it is easily visible to the naked eye. Just ensure that you do the inspection in under bright natural light for accurate results.
Adidas uses its high-quality Primeknit technology in the making of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter.
The creation process involves the flat knitting of synthetic yarns to create the Primeknit upper.
Because of the intricacies of the design process and their use of lower quality factory equipment.
It is technically impossible for fake manufacturers to accurately recreate the material design.
This is why you will notice that the toe box on the fake pair is bulkier than the one on an authentic pair as the image depicts.
This may seem like a minute indicator but this extra 1% detail constitutes the build of the shoe and it can help you tell if it is a fake or authentic pair.
The sneakers in the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 line all have a similar silhouette and it might be a bit difficult to spot the difference in shape between a real and a fake pair of sneakers.
Nonetheless, there is a difference.
As seen in the picture above, in the fake pair of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter, the tongue is slightly more elongated than the tongue. On the authentic pair which is not only shorter but also has a different structure.
So if the tongue on your sneakers seems a bit long, then it could be that you have a replica of the real shoes. “Long” might not be the most accurate description if it’s there by itself, so please pay attention as well to the angle (or steepness) of this vertical piece of primeknit.
For the tenth and last step of the authentication process, you will need to inspect the insole of the Yeezy 350 V2 Butter.
The Insole features 3 indicators which can help you differentiate an authentic pair from a fake one. Below are the indicators you need to inspect on the insole:
On the rear of the insole is the Adidas Trefoil logo. As shown in the picture below, you can see that the print of the logo including the ® character is significantly deeper.
On the authentic insole as evident in the way the shadows create depth. The indentation on the fake is not so deep hence the lack of shadows.
You will also notice that there’s more space between the “adidas” text and the outline on the fake insole, whereas the space on the original sneakers is slightly smaller.
Also, the characters in “adidas” are thicker on the fake insole compared to the thinner letters on the authentic insole.
The “adidas Yeezy” text on the fake insole is significantly thinner than the characters on the real Yeezy V2 Butter.
As a result of the thinner letters, the space between the letters on the fake insole is wider compared to the more compact text on the original.
Also, you will notice that the Adidas Trefoil Logo may appear less defined and detailed on a fake sneaker as opposed to the high-quality lines on the original Yeezy V2 Butter.
There is a text printed on the side of the insole.
As you can see in the picture, the characters of the text are too thick on the fake sneakers and as such, there’s less space between the letters.
This is particularly evident in the dash character which is almost touching the 5 and 9 on the fake whereas. On the authentic pair, as you can see, it is clearly separated from the 8 and 9.
If you are shopping online or in a physical store, there may be no time to go through each detailed authentication step to confirm the originality of your Yeezy Boost V2 Butter.
That is why we have compiled this quick 60-second list on how to authenticate your Yeezy Butter. Below are the top 10 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake pair of sneakers or the real deal.
You might not be able to pull up this guide so fast, thus this is why we’ve created the Legit Check App.
Make sure you download our app where you’ll find this guide, along with many other guides properly organised and curated.
On the Legit Check App, you’ll find all the items and colourways sorted as such:
This way, if you have doubts about a specific area of a specific model — say you’re doubting the insole of the Yeezy Butter — it takes a couple of seconds to reach that specific fake vs real comparison.
If you need help with the authentication of your Yeezy Boost 350 Butter, we’ve got you covered.
Should you not be confident in your ability to follow this guide, all you have to do is send us high-quality pictures of your V2 Butter 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.
We do charge for this service — as much as it doesn’t make business sense for us to say this, we encourage you to learn with our free guides how to authenticate these sneakers, instead of using our paid service.
Why? Once you get the grasp of it, you’ll have a skill that will help you save money and decide for yourself whether the pair you’re getting is authentic or not.
If time is a constraint or you’re not entirely confident on your ability to spot out the fake, we’ve started offering this service due to public demand.
That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter guide. Thank you for reading this — we will continue to update this article as better and newer versions of fakes are released.
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Ch Daniel and Ch David