Air Jordan 1 Obsidian: Learn To Spot A Fake (2024)

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Last Updated on April 18, 2024 by Ch David

Looking to learn how to spot fake Air Jordan 1 Obsidian? This is exactly what we’ll teach you in this guide.

How to tell if Jordan 1 Obisidan are fake

You can tell if Jordan 1 Obisian are fake if the text inside the tongue is waving. All fake pairs have some letters placed either higher or lower than the rest.

1. Interior tongue label

  • The “TRADEMARKS” text is too thick and improperly positioned on the fake shoes.
  • The letters in “TRADEMARKS” are slanted. Some are placed higher or lower than needed.
  • The “SWOOSH” print is too thick and slanted.
  • The “QUALITE” print is crooked: the letters are slanted and they look too stretched up.
  • The “SWOOSH ®” text has different amounts of space between the letters.
  • The fake “SWOOSH ®” print has slanted and thicker letters than the authentic.

All authentic tongue labels must look like in the legit example above.

The authentic letters have the same:

  • Thickness;
  • Spacing;
  • Placement.

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2. Hourglass shape

The real pair looks curvier at the bottom and the upper edge of the leather.

  • The fake pair isn’t as curvy as the authentic.
  • Fakes are curved only on the exterior (right) side of the shoes.
  • On the left side, they are not as curvy as they have to be.

The authentic Air Jordan 1’s are curved on both the interior and exterior sides of the shoes.

Let’s look at another comparison:

  • Fakes often look like a tube.
  • They’re straighter than they are supposed to be.

3. Toe box

3.1. Perforations

  • The fake perforations are smaller.
  • They’re also not as wide as the authentic ones.

The real perforations look bigger and wider than the fake ones.

3.2. Shape

  • The fake toe box is too thick and over-inflated compared to the authentic.

The real toe box has a thinner, slimmer and deflated appearance.

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.

4. Logo text

  • The “A” in “AIR” is too thick on the fake pair.
  • The letters “I” and “R” in the fake logo are too thin.
  • The “JORDAN” text is too thick.
  • The “J” in “JORDAN” is placed higher than the rest of the letters.
  • The “TM” print is too thick on the fake Obisdian Jordan 1s.

All letters in the authentic Air Jordan logo are placed at the same level.

4. Logo wings

  • The fake wings are placed too close to each other.

The authentic wings have more space.

6. Swoosh

  • The fake Nike logo is placed too low.
  • It is it is too far away from the top of the shoes, and too close to the midsole.

The real Swoosh logo is placed higher, as it is further away from the midsole than the fake.

7. Rear patch

  • The patch is too wide on the fake pair.
  • The white stitching at the top of the blue patch looks too thin.

The legit shoes have their patch taller and less wide than the fake shoes.

8. Sole

  • The fake shoes have their stars on the sole are less defined and clear.
  • The stars are curvier and look less defined on the fake.

9. Cross stitching

  • The fake stitching is too close to the Nike Swoosh logo.

Shortlist: Authenticate your Jordan 1 Obsidian

  1. Tongue Label: Inspect the label inside the tongue. Counterfeits often have misaligned text or incorrect font weight.
  2. Rear Shape: View the AJ1 Obsidian from the back. Genuine pairs typically have an hourglass figure, which replicas might lack.
  3. Toe Box: Examine the toe box. Fakes might have overly broad perforations or an incorrect toe box size and thickness.
  4. Logo Lettering: Scrutinize the Air Jordan logo. Counterfeit versions might exhibit letters that are either too thin or too broad.
  5. Wings Placement: Observe the wings in the Air Jordan logo. On fake pairs, they might be positioned too closely.
  6. Nike Swoosh: Look at the Swoosh logo’s placement. On counterfeits, it’s often situated too near the shoe’s top.
  7. Rear Patch: Verify the patch where both Swooshes converge (externally and internally). Replicas might have a patch that’s excessively tall and slender.
  8. Sole Stars: Inspect the sole’s stars. Fakes often have stars that are insufficiently defined or overly thick.
  9. Cross-stitching: Evaluate the side cross-stitching. On counterfeit pairs, this stitching might be too close to the Swoosh logo.

Hence, we’ve crafted a swift 60-second guide to verify your sneakers.

Above are the top 9 pointers to distinguish between genuine and counterfeit Air Jordan 1 Obsidian.

Expert Jordan 1 Obsidian authentication

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We’ve now reached the conclusion of our guide on distinguishing original vs fake Air Jordan 1 Obsidian.

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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About the Author

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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