Jordan 3 Fragment: Authentic or Fake? (GUIDE)

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Last Updated on April 23, 2024 by Ch David

Got the Jordan 3 x Fragment and you need to legit check it? This is where all doubts end — at our detailed guide.

We’ve got 11 legit check tips for the Fragment Air Jordan 3s.

How to tell if Fragment Jordan 3 are fake

You can tell if Jordan 3 Fragment are fake by examining the size tag for incorrect text thickness. Fakes never get it right!

1. Size tag


  1. Thicker and more defined “DA3595-100” text on the size tag.
  2. UPC code appears thicker and consistently weighted.
  3. “MADE IN CHINA” text has even letter thickness.


  1. Thin “DA3595-100” text on the size tag.
  2. UPC code is thin and uses a different font.
  3. Inconsistent letter thickness in “MADE IN CHINA” text.
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2. Interior tongue


  • Stitching around the label is clean with no extra threads.
  • “fragment” text on the interior tongue label appears thicker and well-defined.


  • Stitching around the label has a noticeable extra thread.
  • “fragment” text on the interior tongue label is too thin, with more space between letters.

3. Midsole

The midsole reads:


You’ll find these inscriptions on the Travis Scott x Fragment 1 Low and on the High-Tops.


  • Legit pairs have letters on the midsole with a font matching the original design.
  • Letters are thinner and properly spaced.


  • The fake pair’s midsole letters use a different font.
  • Letters on the fake pair are thicker and closely spaced, with incorrect kerning.

Why? The fake pair’s letters appear larger due to excessive thickness.

4. Fragment logo


  • The Fragment Design logo is properly engraved into the leather…
  • Creating a thinner and neater appearance.


  • The fake pair’s logo is engraved too deeply into the leather…
  • Resulting in a thicker and less refined look.

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. Back

In the back, we’ve got Nike‘s classic “A I R” text for the Jordan 3.

  • Authentic: The “A I R” text is thicker and wider, giving it a bolder appearance.
  • Fake: The fake pair has thinner and narrower “A I R” text, which looks less bold.

6. Exterior tongue

  • Authentic: The Jumpman has consistent stitching thickness.
  • Fake: The fake logo has inconsistent stitching thickness, appearing thicker in certain areas.

7. Stitching

  • Authentic: The stitching on the authentic pair is thinner and less bulky.
  • Fake: The fake pair has bulkier and thicker stitching.

8. Midsole

  • Authentic: The stitching on the midsole of the authentic pair is thinner and shorter.
  • Fake: The fake pair has thicker and longer stitching on the midsole.

9. Toe box

  • Authentic: The authentic pair has a less inflated and curvy toe box.
  • Fake: The fake pair’s toe box appears thicker and more curved.

10. Packaging

  • Authentic: The logos on the authentic packaging appear more opaque and defined.
  • Fake: The logos on the fake packaging look less opaque and of lower print quality.

11. Box

  • Authentic: The inscriptions on the authentic box label are thicker and more defined.
  • Fake: The inscriptions on the fake box label are thinner and less defined.

Shortlist: Legit check in ~30 seconds

Check these 11 key indicators to quickly spot fake pairs:

  1. Size Tag: Check the size tag inside your shoes for properly font-weighted inscriptions.
  2. Interior Tongue Labels: Verify the “fragment” text on the interior tongue labels, ensuring it’s not too thin, too thick, or messy.
  3. Midsole Text: Inspect the midsole text for correct thickness and font consistency.
  4. Fragment Design Logo: Look at the heat-stamped Fragment Design logo on the side of the shoes to ensure it’s not overly thick.
  5. Rear “A I R” Inscription: Check the rear “A I R” inscriptions for proper thickness.
  6. Jumpman Logo on Tongue: Analyze the stitching on the Jumpman logo on the tongue.
  7. Stitching on Side: Examine the stitching pattern on the side for correct thickness and length.
  8. Stitching on Midsole: Check the stitching on the midsole for proper thickness.
  9. Toe Box Inflation: Verify the inflation level of the toe box for authenticity.
  10. Packaging Paper: Authenticate the interior packaging paper for accurate Fragment Design and Air Jordan logos.
  11. Box Label: Inspect the box label to ensure the text isn’t overly thick.

Expert Jordan 3 Fragment authentication

If you need assistance authenticating your Jordan 3 x Fragment: we’re here to help.

  • Simply provide us with high-quality pictures of your sneakers.
  • We’ll deliver results within 24 to 48 hours…
  • Accompanied by a comprehensive report explaining the authenticity verdict.

That concludes our guide on distinguishing real vs fake Fragment Design Air Jordan 3.

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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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