How To Know: REAL vs FAKE Jordan 12 (2024)

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Last Updated on May 7, 2024 by Ch David

In this guide, we’ll:

  • Teach you how to spot fake Jordan 12s
  • Give you a shortlist of all the steps you need to take
  • Recommend the best place to authenticate your shoes professionally

How to tell if Jordan 12 are fake

You can spot fake Air Jordan 12 by inspecting the size tag. Fake pairs always have very thick or thin inscriptions.

1. Size tag

  • The fake Air Jordan 12 shoes have their date printed on the right-middle side of the size tag looking too thin.
  • The style code is too thin as well (“8468692-033” on the fake).
  • The “MADE IN CHINA” and “FABRIQUE EN CHINE” prints are too thin on the fake Jordan 12s.
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2. Rear details

  • The fake sneakers have their “23” text looking too thick.
  • The fake shoes have their “23” text improperly spaced.
  • There is too much space between the “2” and the “3 on the fake Jordan 12.

3. Tongue

  • The replica Air Jordan 12 have their tongue Jumpman’s arm looking too thin.

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.


  • The “JUMPMAN” text on the fake Air Jordan 12s is too thick and too wide.

On the other hand, the authentic Air Jordan 12s have their text looking thinner and less wide than the fake shoes ‘text.

5. Stitching

  • The fake stitching is too thick.
  • It also fits too deep into the leather.

On the other hand, the authentic Air Jordan 12’s have their stitches all around the sneakers looking thinner and fitting less deep into the shoes than the fake ones.

6. Toe box

  • The replica Air Jordan 12 toe box is too big.
  • It is inflated too much compared to the real one.

Shortlist: Check your 12s

  1. Inspect the size tag on your shoes. Frequently, replica sneakers feature improperly positioned and font-weighted text on their size tags.
  2. Validate the rear details of your Air Jordan 12s. Often, counterfeit Air Jordan 12s have the “23” text on the rear appearing excessively thick, with excessive spacing between the two numbers.
  3. Examine the Jumpman logo on the tongue. Typically, fake Air Jordan 12s exhibit a thin upper arm of the Jumpman logo on the tongue, which differs from the appearance of the genuine retail pairs.
  4. Scrutinize the text on the midsole of your Air Jordan 12s. In many cases, counterfeit Air Jordan 12s display text on the midsole that is overly thick and wide.
  5. Inspect the stitching all around your 12s. Frequently, replica Jordan 12s showcase stitching that is too thick and sinks too deeply into the sneakers compared to the stitching on authentic shoes.
  6. Look at the toe box of your Air Jordan 12s. Fake sneakers commonly have an over-inflated and thicker appearance in the toe box area, which differs from the authentic shoes’ toe box.

Expert Jordan 12 Authentication

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Simply provide us with high-quality images of your sneakers, and within a span of 24 to 48 hours, we will provide you with the results.

Alongside, you will receive a comprehensive report detailing the reasons behind our assessment of whether your sneakers are genuine or counterfeit.

This concludes our guide on distinguishing between fake and authentic Air Jordan 12 sneakers. As more improved and up-to-date comparisons become available, we will remain dedicated to updating this article accordingly.

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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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