How To Spot Fake Air Jordan 1 High Black Toe

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Last Updated on December 3, 2023 by Ch David

Wondering how to spot a fake Air Jordan 1 Black Toe? Afraid of being scammed?

This guide will show you all there is to know about legit checking this colorway of the Air Jordan 1.

In this real vs fake Air Jordan 1 Black Toe legit check guide, we have prepared eight spots to check out when you want to legit check these shoes.

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Let’s get back to the Jordan 1 Black Toe and learn how to spot fakes.

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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!

How to spot fake Air Jordan 1 Black Toe

You can spot fake Air Jordan 1 Black Toe by checking the interior tongue label’s letters. Fake pairs tend to have thicker and misplaced inscriptions.

The Jordan Brand is known for its high quality. Make sure your pair passes the 8 checks in this guide.

1. Interior tongue

  • The “TRADEMARKS” text is wavy: some letters are lower than the rest.
  • The “SWOOSH ®” text is crooked the same way.
  • The next “SWOOSH” text has the “W” bigger than the rest of the letters.
  • The word “MARQUES” is too narrow on the fake pair.
  • The “QUALITE” print is also too narrow and small.
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2. Hourglass shape

  • The authentic shoes have a curvier look on the upper and the bottom sides of the leather side.
  • In the middle, they are narrower.
  • The fake shoes are curvy as well, but not as pronounced as the authentic curviness.
  • Hence, the fake shoes look rather tubular.

Let’s look at another comparison:

  • The real shoes are bumpy.
  • The fake ones are not as curvy and pronounced as they are supposed to be.
  • That’s why the green lines are less curvy on the fake pair— to point out the shape of the shoes.

3. Logo text

  • The left leg in the “A” of “AIR” is too thin.
  • The letters in the “AIR JORDAN” are too thick on the fake Jordan 1s.
  • Both letters in the “TM” text are thicker on the fake Jordan 1 Black Toe.

4. Logo wings

  • The fake wings almost have no distance between each other.
  • The authentic wings are placed further away.

The authentic shoes have the same amount of space between each wing.

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. Toe box

5.1. Perforations

  • The perforations are too wide on the fake Jordan 1s.
  • The fake shoes reveal a white material beneath the holes. Never seen on the genuine shoes!

The authentic holes are smaller.

5.2. Shape

  • The fake toe box is too high.

The authentic toe box is thinner, as it is lower than the fake.

6. Swoosh

  • The fake Air Jordan 1 Black Toe has the Nike Swoosh logo placed too low.
  • It is too far away from the top of the shoes, and too close to the midsole.

7. Rear patch

  • The patch is too wide on the fake Jordan 1 Black Toe.

Observe how the authentic patch is narrower.

8. Cross stitching

We call this “cross-stitching” the “L” “-looking line that’s placed on the side of the shoes, crossing above the Nike logo.

  • The fake shoes have their cross-stitching placed too close to the Nike Swoosh logo.

The real cross-stitching is placed further away from the Nike Swoosh logo.

Shortlist: Authenticate your own Jordan 1 Black Toe

  1. Interior Tongue Label Inspection: Examine the label inside the tongue which has multiple lines of text. Counterfeit versions often display wavy, improperly weighted, and mispositioned text compared to authentic Black Toe AJ1s.
  2. Hourglass Shape Check: Look at the rear shape of your Air Jordan 1 Black Toe. Fake pairs often lack the characteristic hourglass shape, appearing less curvy and sometimes resembling a tube.
  3. Air Jordan Logo Lettering: Inspect the lettering of the Air Jordan logo. Counterfeit Black Toe AJ1s frequently have overly thick and improperly weighted text.
  4. Wings in Air Jordan Logo: Analyze the wings within the Air Jordan logo. On fake pairs, these wings often appear positioned too closely to each other.
  5. Toe Box Examination: Check the toe box of your Black Toe 1’s. The perforations on fake pairs tend to be too wide, and the overall toe box on counterfeit shoes often looks over-inflated.
  6. Nike Swoosh Logo Check: Examine the Nike Swoosh logo on the side. Fake shoes often showcase a larger-than-normal Swoosh, leading to a lower placement on the shoe.
  7. Rear Patch Verification: Inspect the patch on the back where the Nike Swoosh logos from the interior and exterior sides meet. Counterfeit versions usually feature a patch that’s overly large and wide.
  8. Cross-stitching Authentication: Look at the cross-stitching on the side of the shoes. Often, on counterfeit Air Jordan 1 Black Toe pairs, this stitching is positioned too close to the Nike Swoosh logo.

The 8 detailed steps outlined above might not be so practical when you are in a hurry or when you want to buy sneakers online.

That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your sneakers.

Ă…bove are the top 8 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake or real Air Jordan 1 Black Toe.

Expert Jordan 1 Black Toe authentication

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This concludes our guide on distinguishing between genuine and counterfeit Air Jordan 1 Black Toe

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David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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