The best way to spot fake Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago is to look at the medial text. On the fake shoes, shoes it is always too thick and/or never smudged enough, while real pairs never have their medial text flawed. The perforations all over the shoes are also a reliable authenticity factor.
On the fake Off-White Jordan 1 Chicago pair, the text is not only too thick, but even the “USA” text is flawed.
On the fake Jordan 1s, the letter “S” is placed a lot lower than it has to be.
Notice how the authentic, “S” is placed above the two black lines that cross the “USA” text.
Then, the letter “A” in the “USA” text is also placed a lot lower on the fake Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago.
On the authentic, the letter “A” is placed between the two black lines, but touching the top one.
2. Toe box
Fake Off-White Jordan 1 will always be bulkier and more massive on the toe box area.
In other words, counterfeit Off-White Jordan 1 Chicago pairs are over-inflated, metaphorically speaking since this is a really visible flaw.
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The fake Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago pairs tend to have more mathematically generated prints than the ones met on the legit pairs.
However, even though they’re mathematically generated, they do have inconsistencies, since the lines are not always straight, as they should be, as the ones on the authentic Jordans.
On the authentic Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago pairs, the pattern on the rear side of the sneakers is significantly more defined and more “dense”, and these shapes occur more often.
The orientation of these shapes does not matter — we’ve seen authentic pairs with random or “mathematically generated” prints.
To put it short, fake Off-White Jordan 1s have a pattern that’s less engraved than the one on the authentic pairs.
4.1. Air Jordan logo
One more of the following flaws will be found on the counterfeit Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago pairs:
The perforations will be too shallow, revealing low-quality factory equipment. At the same time, they can look like they’ve been made with a knife, thus having a vertical shape instead of a nice, round one.
The perforations will go too deep — scammers who want to resell fake shoes as authentic can use pins to do that, and that’s why you really should pay some attention to this factor of the authentication process since little details matter too. If the perforations look too deep, it might be a worrying issue.
The misaligned holes are also a very important factor of the Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago legit check guide since replica manufacturers don’t manage to fix this flaw by paying less attention to the small areas of the sneakers, and more to the others. That’s why you have to be more careful.
There is also a possibility in the holes are not as dense as they have to be, and they have too much space between perforations, but there are too few of them.
Always keep an eye out for such issues!
4.2. Lace holes
These perforations are found around the third lace hole on the Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago.
On the fake, there is a really smaller density of the holes themselves, compared to the authentic Off-White Chicago pair, which has a lot more holes around the laces.
4.3. Suede panel
The fake Off-White Jordan 1 Chicago pairs will have either too deep or less deep holes than the ones met on the authentic Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago pairs.
5. Swoosh attachment
The counterfeit Off-White Air Jordan 1 Nike Swoosh logo can be crooked.
The fake OW Jordan 1 Chicago pair has the Nike Swoosh logo looking crooked on the rear side of it, and the authentic Nike Swoosh logo is still straight on the rear side of it.
This happens due to the blue stitching that’s a bit to the right from the last highlighted area of the shoes in the picture above.
That’s because the blue stitching on the fake Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago pairs is hugging the Swoosh very tightly, while the authentic blue stitching is a little loose, which makes it less tightened up.
This leads not only to what we’ve mentioned earlier but also to a smaller area covered by this stitching.
Also, it is visible how on the authentic pair, the blue stitching covers a bigger area than on the replica pairs.
6. Orange stitching
The orange tab below the Nike Swoosh logo is a lot thicker and more massive on the fake.
There are too many threads on the counterfeit Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago pair, thus leaving more space than before.
As a result, the area covered by this stitching is bigger on the fakes.
With all of this information said above, it might be a little confusing right now, and we totally understand it. So, let’s recap:
Stitching that’s too tight: smaller area occupied by these threads.
Stitching that’s too loose: bigger area occupied by these threads.
To be sure, simply have an overview look and see if the Nike Swoosh logo is too tightly attached to the sneakers or not. Depending on the case, check whether this blue/orange stitching occupies an area that’s too large/too little.
7. The “85” Flap
The quotation marks (” “) on the replica Air Jordan 1 Off-White are a lot thinner than the ones met on the legit pair.
The quote’s lines are misplaced.
The number “8” is also thinner than the one met on the authentic Off-White Air Jordan 1 pair.
Even the number “5” on the fake pair is a lot thicker on the bottom side than the one on the authentic Off-White Air Jordan 1.
The holes on the flap are less defined and they even look smaller than the real pair’s holes.
8. Swoosh placement
The fake Nike Swoosh logo can be placed too high.
That’s visible if you look at the distance between the midsole and the logo itself on the bottom side of the shoes, especially on the front.
The space between the bottom of the Swoosh and the sole varies on authentic Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago pairs as well but not so much so that it’s ever very high, as on the fake Off-White Air Jordan 1 OG pairs.
9. “AIR” text
Replicas either too much distance from the top or from the bottom side of the midsole.
The “AIR” text should be perfectly centred from the top and to the bottom sides of the midsole on the authentic Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago pairs.
Sometimes, the placement of the “AIR” text may differ even on the authentic Off-White AJ1 Chicago pairs, but just the same as the Swoosh.
When we say perfectly centred, we mean the space between the edges of the text print and the upper/lower side of this cream midsole.
11. White panel
The white panels are sitting too close to the edge of the sneakers.
On the other hand, the authentic stitching is placed less to the edges.
The fake shoes are inequal: the right is bigger than the left.
The authentic Off-White Air Jordan 1 will always have the same height on both the left and the right shoes.
We have used the green dots in order for it to be easily visible how the fake Off-White Air Jordan 1’s height is flawed, as the left shoe is a tiny bit smaller than the right shoe.
The fake insole has its “THE TEN” text looking too big, thick and wide.
On the other hand, the authentic Off-White Chicago Air Jordan 1s have their text looking smaller, thinner and boxier than the fake shoes’ text.
13. “SHOELACES” print
On the counterfeit Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago pairs, the letters will be too close to each other on the laces.
This is most visible in how close the letters “H” and “E” are to O in the “SHOE” text.
The angle between the shoelace and the aglet (the top of the shoelace, plastic material) is different.
Bear in mind that the fake pairs will have this “SHOELACES” printed text fading away very quickly.
Some fakes have this text placed too far away from the aglet.
As a matter of fact, this is a common flaw on the shoelaces of the UNC Off-White Jordan 1 as well. Keep an eye out!
The pattern of the materials found on the cream midsole is obviously more pronounced (or sometimes even different) on the counterfeit Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago pairs.
15. Box label
The UK_7, cm, BR and EUR prints are thicker on the authentic pair’s box label, and on the fake box’s label, these texts are a lot thinner.
Also, if your pair’s box label is missing the “Suggested Retail: USD $190.00” text on the right side of the sneakers, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that your pair is fake, and that’s because some authentic pairs come without that printed text too.
Shortlist: Tell fake Off-White Jordan 1 Chicago
Here’s a checklist of what you need to look at in order to spot the fake Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago:
Structure and overall shape
Rear fabric’s pattern
Orange stitching near the Swoosh
The “85” text on the flap
“AIR” text placement
Height of the shoes (from the back)
“SHOELACES” text placement
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