How to spot fake Union Air Jordan 1 High

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Since the popularity of the Air Jordan 1 Union LA sneakers keeps on growing, we’re here today with the most complete guide on how to legit check the Air Jordan 1 LA sneakers in order for it to be easier when you are authenticating these sneakers.

We’ve managed to put all of the things together into this article that contains the 15 most reliable spots to look at when checking the authenticity of the Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles.

All of the spots that we are going to look at apply to both the Black Toe and the Blue Toe colourways of the Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles.

One last thing worth mentioning before we start is that we will refer to these sneakers just by Air Jordan 1 Union LA or AJ1 Union.

And remember, we have an authentication service as well — if the situation seems too complicated, we’re happy to help. At the same time, we work very hard to make these guides as simple to understand as possible.

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This image portrays an infographic guide that applies to 90% of the Air Jordan 1 Retro High colourways. Continue reading for a fully detailed guide!

Without any further ado, let’s jump into the real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Union LA guide.

How to spot fake Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles

The most relevant way to spot a fake Union Air Jordan 1 is the interior tongue label. You’ll always notice fakes having their text misplaced and looking wavy. Never to be seen on the real shoes!

Step 1: Real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Union interior tongue tag

Because we said that this is the best sign to check for the real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles sneakers, we are going to check it out first, and then we will move to the exterior part of it.

Real Vs Fake Union Air Jordan 1

First of all, you can easily notice how the fake Air Jordan 1 Union LA interior tongue tag has the “®” character next to the “SWOOSH” text looking too big and too thin. Even the circle looks too thin and big too.

Then, the second “®” character next to the second “SWOOSH” text is, again, too thin and too big.

Also, you may have noticed how the fake Air Jordan 1 Union LA pair has the whole interior tongue tag text looking a lot thinner and bigger than it has to.

Again, this may be visible even on the “MADE IN CHINA” text, since the fake pair has the same flaws.

Now let’s take a look at another comparison and spot the differences between the real vs fake AJ1 Union LA pairs.

Fake Vs Real Air Jordan 1 Union

This time we’ve compared two of the Black Toe pairs and we spotted the fact that the fake pair has similar flaws from the other pair.

In fact, you can easily notice how the fake pair has the whole tongue tag text looking a lot less understandable because of the size; the fake text is too small.

This may be the most visible on the “MADE IN CHINA” text on the second last line of text to the bottom of the tag.

The fake word “CHINA” is a lot thinner than it has to be, and the authentic text is visibly thicker.

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Step 2: Verify the exterior side of the “NIKE” tongue tag

Now that you know how to legit check the interior side of the tongue tag, let’s take you to the exterior and let you know how to check the fake pairs by looking at the exterior side too.

  • The Blue Toe Air Jordan 1 Union Exterior Tongue Tag
How To Tell Fake Air Jordan 1 Union

Since this is a really simple tongue tag on the exterior side, we’ve spotted just one main problem, and that is the Nike Swoosh logo.

In the blue colourway, we have the Swoosh too curved on the fake sneakers.

The authentic Swoosh is smooth, while the fake pair has the Swoosh curved too much out of a sudden.

  • The Black Toe Air Jordan 1 Union Exterior Tongue Tag

Now it is time to move on to the white exterior “NIKE” tongue tag and analyze the flaws of the fake pair.

How To Spot Fake Air Jordan 1 Union

As you can see, the fake Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles exterior “NIKE” tongue tag has too much empty space from the letter “I” in the word “AIR” to the Nike Swoosh logo.

On the other hand, the legit pair has less distance between these two elements.

Also, even the whole word “AIR” looks too boxy on the fake pair, and the authentic text is looking less wide than the fake text.

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Step 3: Fake vs real Air Jordan 1 Union hourglass shape

Speaking of the shoe’s construction, we need to have a look from the rear for the following flaw on the fake Air Jordan 1 Union LA

It’s been commonly nicknamed the “hourglass shape” tell and it’s easier for us to explain it visually with a comparison.

Air Jordan 1 Union Fake Vs Real Hourglass Shape

You may have already spotted the differences between the left authentic and the right fake pairs, but let us also draw these lines on top of the comparison to make you understand better.

Air Jordan 1 Union Hourglass Shape Real Vs Fake

As you can see, the fake Air Jordan 1 Union is almost straight when it comes to this angle’s view. On the other hand, the original AJ1 is curving in two places: above and below the medial line with the middle patch.

Below the medial line, keep in mind that the sneaker has to have almost a bell-shaped bottom in order for it to be authentic.

Please note that this flaw is hard to spot when wearing the Jordans but it must be a dead giveaway for a fake.

Top-tier replicas sometimes get this thing right so it’s not the most reliable tell. Nonetheless, it might save you minutes when authenticating since the large majority of fakes are not from the top-tier category.

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.

Step 4: Real vs fake AJ1 Union side Air Jordan logos

For the fourth way of how to spot fake Union Air Jordan 1, we’re going to move on to the side of the sneakers and analyze the Air Jordan logo. First of all, we will start with the logo itself and then we will look at the spacing between the wings on the logo too.

The Air Jordan Logo Text

As you will see in the pictures below, fake manufacturers manage to replicate 90 to 98% of the logo right, but there are some shortcomings.

How To Spot The Real Air Jordan 1 Union

First of all, you can notice how the last wing on the left side of the fake Air Jordan 1 Union photo makes contact with the stitching.

On the other hand, the legit pair doesn’t have this wing taking contact with the stitching on the left side.

Then, moving to the “AIR JORDAN” text, you can notice how the fake pair has this text looking hardly noticeable thinner than the text on the legit pair.

You can notice the thickness problem in the word “AIR”, on the letter “A” as its left leg is a bit thinner than it has to be.

Also, here you’ll notice it on the letter “R” because the top of the letter is too thin on the fake pair.

In the word “JORDAN”, you can spot this flaw in the fake pairs, especially on the letters “J” and “D”.

As for the letter “O” in the word “JORDAN”, it is noticeable how the authentic Air Jordan 1 Union has this letter crossed by the stitching above the Air Jordan logo, and on the other hand, the fake pair doesn’t.

The stitching has to cross above the letter “O”.

Lastly here, the replica Air Jordan 1 Union pair has its “™” text looking too thick as it isn’t understandable to read at all. Meanwhile, the legit “™” is thinner.

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Now let’s also take a quick look at the spacing between the wings of the Air Jordan logo. This is yet another great spot to check if you want to learn how to tell fake Air Jordan 1 Union.

How To Tell If My Jordan 1 Union Is Fake

We would like to mention the same flaw from the Air Jordan text here too. Where is the first wing on the left side of the Air Jordan logo, there is some stitching crossing over this wing.

On the authentic Air Jordan 1 Union pair, you can notice how the wing is positioned as there it continues more even after the stitching crosses the wing.

On the fake pair, there is a really small part of the wing after the part where the stitching makes contact with the wing.

Also, we have highlighted the rest of the wings have more space than it should be between the wings.

Step 5: Analyze how bulky your Air Jordan 1 Union are

Something that replica creators seem to not get right is the overall shape of the sneaker, making it too bulky. Let’s have a look at this real vs fake Jordan 1 Union shape comparison below:

How To Legit Check Air Jordan 1 Union

The main flaw of the fake Air Jordan 1 Union pair is that the sneakers are too bulky and less curved.

What we mean is that, on the rear side of the shoes, the fake pair is less curve but sharper than it has to be. The authentic pair is curvier and smoother.

Then, on the toe box, the same flaw applies here too. The fake pair is less curvy than the authentic one and it is more swollen and fat. Also, the legit pair is smoothly curvier.

Let’s have a look at another real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Union comparison for the toe box too.

Are My Jordan 1 Union Fakes?

It is really visible in the real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Union pictures above how on the fake pair, the toe box is, again, too swollen and on the bottom side of it, it isn’t as curved as it has to be.

Keep in mind that the bottom side of the toe box can be either too curved or less curved than it has to be on the replica Air Jordan 1 Union too.

We have pointed out again how the fake Air Jordan 1 Union pair has the rear heel side less curved and more straightened than it has to be. This flaw always occurs on the fake Jordan 1 Bred Toe as well.

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Step 6: Verify the holes in the toe box of your Air Jordan 1 Union

Because we were still talking about the toe box, let’s also analyze the holes in the toe box too, for the sixth tell of the guide on how to spot fake Union Jordan 1s.

First, let’s have a look at the real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Union comparison pictures:

How To Spot A Fake Jordan 1 Union

On the fake pair, the toe box holes are smaller than the holes on the authentic pair, and the holes from around the toe box seem to be less deep than the legit holes.

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Step 7: Inspect the Nike Swoosh logo on your sneakers

Now it is time for us to proceed to the Nike Swoosh logo comparison and analyze the flaws of the fake Air Jordan 1 Union.

We are going to start with the form of the Swoosh, then the placement and the thickness.

The form of the Swoosh

When talking about the Swoosh, it’s really important to look at the tip of the logo if you want to spot fake Jordan 1 Union the right way.

air jordan 1 fake vs real guide

First of all, the fake Air Jordan 1 Union has the top tip of the Swoosh looking too sharp.

On the other hand, the legit Air Jordan 1 Union has the tip of the Swoosh looking bulkier and less sharp.

The placement of the Swoosh

Now that you took a look at the form of the Swoosh, let’s get you to the placement of the real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Union Swooshes.

Air Jordan 1 Union Swoosh Real Vs Fake

As you can see, the size of the Swoosh influences the placement of the Swoosh logo.

We have drawn the green line showing the distance between the legit Swoosh and the midsole, and the red line showing the same thing for the fake shoes.

Because of the lines, it is really easy to notice how the fake pair has too much distance from the Swoosh to the midsole, and the legit pair has less distance.

The thickness of the Swoosh

Let’s also have a look at the real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Union Swoosh thickness.

We have pointed out the fact that the replica Air Jordan 1 Union pair has the Swoosh looking too curvy and arched at the edges of it, and it automatically makes the fake Swoosh look too thick. Meanwhile, the legit pair is exactly the opposite.

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Step 8: Analyze the stitching next to the Swoosh on your Air Jordan 1 Union

Because we left off at the Swoosh, for the eighth method on how to spot fake Air Jordan 1 Union, let’s also go a bit above the Swoosh and let’s analyze the stitching.

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The fake Air Jordan 1 Union stitching goes too close to the Nike Swoosh logo, and the real pair has the stitching a bit distanced from the Swoosh.

This is a flaw that you can spot with the naked eye on the fake Air Jordan 1 Union pairs.

Step 9: Verify the “UN/LA” little patch

Now let’s go a bit to the Union Los Angeles “UN/LA” logo tab and let’s analyze it on both the real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Union sneakers.

Union Air Jordan Authentication Guide

As you can see in the fake vs real Air Jordan 1 Union pictures above, the fake AJ1 Union pair has the “UN/LA” patch different in terms of quality.

First of all, you’ll notice how the letter “U” is curved too much out of a sudden at the bottom left corner, and it basically narrows in that area.

On the other hand, the legit pair has the letter “U” the same size everywhere, with no narrowing.

Going to the letter “L”, it is visible how this character misses some stitches on the bottom horizontal stick, and on the real one, there is stitching covering the whole letters, especially on the “L”.

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Step 10: Authenticate the medial stitching below the “UN/LA” tab

Since we were this close to the “UN/LA” patch, let’s go a little lower below it and let’s see the Air Jordan 1 Union real vs fake blue and yellow stitching.

Air Jordan 1 Union Authenticity Check Guide

The yellow (Black Toe) and blue (Blue Toe) coloured stitching has a narrowing below the “UN/LA” text, which seems like the fake Air Jordan 1 Union are missing it.

In this narrowing on the authentic pair, there is more stitching in one place, and on the fake pair, there is poorer quality in terms of stitching, since there isn’t the same density that has to be.

The same thing happens on the left side, below the “UN/LA” text, where there’s some “stacked” stitching, and the fake pairs have fewer strings stitched in there.

Also, they seem to be too wide too on the fake pair because there is too much space between the stitches on the left side.

On the right side of the picture, the stitching has the same problem. If you take a look at the authentic pair, you can notice how there is more stitching at once, and on the fake pair, there are fewer stitches.

Step 11: Check the rear patch of the sneakers

For the eleventh step of the real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Union guide, we’re going to quickly analyze the rear side patch where the Swooshes meet.

Authentic Vs Fake Air Jordan 1 Union

Where the Swooshes from both the interior and exterior sides merge, there’s a patch in which they merge properly.

The flaw on the fake Air Jordan 1 sneakers is that they have that patch smaller or larger than needed. In our case, the patch is too big in height, and the authentic one is smaller.

As a matter of fact, you’re going to see this flaw on most of the fake Shattered Backboard Jordan 1s.

Step 12: Look at the stars printed on the soles of your Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles sneakers

For this step of the ‘how to spot fake Air Jordan 1 Union’ legit check guide, you’ll have to flip your sneakers upside down, to the soles.

How To Spot The Fake Union Air Jordan 1s

The stars on the edges of the fake Air Jordan 1 Union soles don’t actually look like stars, and in fact, they look more like some dots.

On the other hand, the legit Air Jordan 1 Union LA pair has the stars on the sole looking sharp and visible as stars.

We would like to mention that this step applies mostly just to unworn shoes or shoes that have been kept in great condition, maybe just tried on once.

We’ve also compared this step in the general colourway Jordan 1 legit check guide.

Step 13: Inspect the insoles of your sneakers

For the thirteenth step of the Air Jordan 1 Union legit check guide, you’ll have to go inside your Air Jordan 1 Union LA sneakers and analyze the insoles on both the left and the right shoes.

  • The left shoe
How To Tell If Your Jordan 1 Union Are Fake

This may not seem like a really simple insole model, but in reality, it is very simple to check these.

Basically, the fake Air Jordan 1 Union insoles look too grey instead of black. Besides, the fake insoles look less opaque.

On the other hand, the legit Air Jordan 1 Union LA insoles look flawless and opaque as needed.

  • The right shoe
Authentic Vs Replica Air Jordan 1 Union

Again, pretty much the same flaws from the left shoe’s insole apply to the right shoe’s insole too.

On the upper side, we’ve pointed out the fact that the fake Air Jordan 1 insole looks less visible than the legit one.

On the bottom side, we’ve pointed out the fact that the word “UNION” is visibly smaller than the one on the legit pair.

Step 14: Look at the size tag of your Air Jordan 1 Union

As for the last step of the guide on how to spot fake Jordan 1 Union on the inside of the sneakers, let’s also analyze the simple size tag on the AJ1 Union sneakers.

Air Jordan 1 Union Size Tag Real Vs Fake Comparison

Basically, because this is the same simple usual size tag, we’ve got the base problem this time too.

Usually, the fake Air Jordan 1 Unions will have the “BV1300-146” looking too thin or too thick.

In our case, the fake AJ1 Union has the “BV1300-146” printed text looking too thin, and the authentic text looks thicker.

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Step 15: Inspect the box label of your Air Jordan 1 Union

As for the fifteenth and the last step of the Air Jordan 1 Union real vs fake guide, we’re going to quickly look at the box label.

Air Jordan 1 Union Legit Check Tutorial

The distance between the number that indicates the size, and in our case it is the“8” and the “5″, is usually too small on the fake box labels, and this is visible in this comparison above too.

In the word “Suggested” at the bottom right corner, the “S” character is too thick on the fake box label, and on the real one, it is thinner.

Where it says “$190.00” on the top right corner, the specific text is too thin and more squared on the fake box label. The authentic box label is exactly the opposite.

Where it says “NRG/UN” on the box, there is less space between the “NRG” text, the slash and the “UN” text on the fake box. As always, the legit pair won’t be like this.

How can I spot fake Air Jordan 1 Union sneakers in 60 seconds?

The fifteen fake vs real Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles 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 Union 1s.

That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your Air Jordan 1 Union LA sneakers. Below are the top 15 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake pair of Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles or the real deal.

  1. Check the interior side of the tongue tag. Usually, the fake pairs have the text looking too thin
  2. Inspect the exterior side of the tongue tag. The word “AIR” can be too boxy on the fake pairs, and also, there can be too much distance between the letter “I” in the word “AIR” and the Nike Swoosh logo
  3. Hourglass step shape. The legit pairs must look from the rear side like an hourglass, and the fake pairs usually look straightened and not curvy enough
  4. Look at the Air Jordan logo on the side of the shoes. Usually, the “AIR JORDAN” text is too thin and the wings of the Air Jordan logo have too much space between themselves
  5. Check the bulkiness of your shoes. Usually, from the side and the toe box, the fake shoes are less curvy and bumpy
  6. Inspect the holes in the toe box. Most of the time, the fake holes on the toe box are too small
  7. Analyze the Nike Swoosh logo’s form, placement and thickness. Usually, the fake Air Jordan 1 Union pairs have the Nike Swoosh logo too sharp instead of being too curvy at the top tip of it, they are placed too low or too high and there is too much or too little distance from the midsole to the logo itself, and the fake Swooshes are too curvy, and it makes them look too thick
  8. Verify the stitching next to the Nike Swoosh logo that crosses behind it. Usually, the corner of this stitching is too close to the Nike Swoosh logo
  9. Check the “UN/LA” little patch. Most of the time, the “U” is too narrowed and curved too much out of a sudden at the bottom left corner, and the letters may have paint scratches on them
  10. Look at the medial stitching below the “UN/LA” patch. Usually, the fake Air Jordan 1 Union pairs have less dense stitching and this is obvious with the naked eye
  11. Analyze the rear side patch. Mainly, the fake Air Jordan 1 Union sneakers have the patch where the Swooshes from the interior and the exterior looking too big in height
  12. Authenticate the stars on the sole of the Air Jordan 1 Union sneakers. Most of the time, the stars look like random dots instead of some stars. Keep in mind that this spot applies mostly just to the unworn pairs or pairs that have been just tried on carefully so the sole stars won’t scratch too much
  13. Inspect the insoles of your Air Jordan 1 Union sneakers. Mainly, the fake pairs have the text and the printings on the insole looking too grey instead of black, and less opaque. Also, the “UNION” text is most of the time too small
  14. Analyze the size tag of your Air Jordan 1 Union sneakers. Usually, the “BV1300 146” text is too thin or too thick
  15. Check the box label. Most of the time, the fake box label has the text that indicates the size looks too small, and the tab that says the suggested retail price may have the text looking too thick and less defined

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If you need help with the authentication of your Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles sneakers, we’ve got you covered.

All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles 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.

That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Union LA guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.

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