Jordan 1 x J Balvin Real Vs Fake: How To Spot Fakes (2024)

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Last Updated on January 9, 2024 by Ch David

You may be here because:

  • You’ve got a pair of J Balvin Jordan 1s
  • And you wish to authenticate them
  • But you’re not sure where to start

Let us help you.

In this guide, we’ll go through 10 of the best authenticity-checking spots.

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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 J Balvin

To authenticate Air Jordan 1 J Balvin quickly, focus on the size tag inside each shoe.

Fakes typically have flawed size tags, with text inconsistencies in font weight.

1. Size tag


  1. Style-code text “DC3481-900” is thicker and larger.
  2. “UPC” text and UPC code numbers are thicker and more defined.
  3. “MADE IN CHINA” text on the size tag is thicker.


  1. Style-code text “DC3481-900” is very thin and small.
  2. “UPC” text and UPC code numbers are too thin.
  3. “MADE IN CHINA” text on the size tag is too thin.
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2. Hourglass shape


  • The hourglass shape is well-defined.
  • The upper and lower sides of the blue fabric are curvy, with a noticeable narrowing in the middle.


  • The hourglass shape is less defined.
  • The fake shoes have some curvature at the top and bottom but lack the pronounced narrowing in the middle seen on authentic pairs.

Let’s take a closer look:

The best way to see the hourglass shape is when the shoes are not on-foot.

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.

3. Toe box


  • The toe box is slightly thicker.
  • The toe box is significantly curvier and more arched.


  • The toe box is a bit thinner and smaller.
  • The toe box is less curvy and lacks the proper arch seen on authentic pairs.

4. Swoosh

This is Nike‘s logo on the side of the shoes.

Mostly blue for these Jordan 1s, however it turns into a rainbow if you look at its whole shape.


  • The stitching on the Nike Swoosh logo is thinner.
  • Stitches follow a straight and aligned pattern without any crooked stitches.


  • The stitching on the Nike Swoosh logo is thicker.
  • Some stitches are misaligned and appear crooked, not following a straight pattern.

5. Logo text


  • The “AIR JORDAN” text is thinner.
  • The “TM” inscription is a bit thicker.


  • The “AIR JORDAN” text is thicker and bulkier.
  • The “TM” inscription is too thin.

6. Logo wings


  • The wings are thicker.
  • The wings are placed closer to each other, with consistent positioning from pair to pair.


  • The wings are too thin.
  • The wings are placed too far away from each other, with inconsistent positioning.

7. Perforations


  • The perforations are larger and wider.
  • The holes are spaced further apart.


  • The perforations are smaller and narrower.
  • The holes are more closely spaced.

8. Corner stitching


  • The cross-stitching is positioned further from the Nike Swoosh logo.
  • The white stitching threads are shorter and boxier.


  • The cross-stitching is placed too close to the Nike Swoosh logo.
  • The white stitching threads are longer.

9. Rear patch

  • Authentic: The patch is wider and taller, with a larger overall size.
  • Fake: The patch is smaller and boxier, with reduced height and width.

10. Badges

Shortlist: Verify your shoes

Here are the top 10 signs to help you distinguish between authentic and fake Air Jordan 1 J Balvin sneakers.

  1. Check the size tag inside your shoes. Fake pairs often have inconsistent text thickness, appearing either too thin or too thick.
  2. Examine the hourglass shape from the rear side. Fakes tend to lack the characteristic curvature of authentic AJ1 J Balvin pairs.
  3. Verify the toe box, which might appear over-inflated on fake sneakers.
  4. Analyze the Nike Swoosh logo on the side; fake logos are often smaller and thicker.
  5. Look at the “Air Jordan TM” text in the classic logo; it might have incorrect thickness on fakes.
  6. Inspect the spacing between the wings in the logo; it’s often inaccurate on fake pairs.
  7. Examine the toe box perforations; fake holes might be too small and narrow.
  8. Check the corner stitching, which is often too thin and too close to the Nike Swoosh on fake shoes.
  9. Verify the patch on the back, where Nike Swoosh logos meet; it may look too boxy on fakes.
  10. Examine the J Balvin and Air Jordan logos on the side; the background color for the badges might be too dark on replicas.

Expert J Balvin Jordan 1 authentication

If you require assistance in authenticating your Air Jordan 1 J Balvin sneakers, we’re here to help.

  • Simply provide us with high-quality photos of your sneakers.
  • We’ll deliver results within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Our report will explain the basis for our determination of whether your sneakers are genuine or counterfeit.

This concludes our guide.

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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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