The Air Jordan 4 University Blue, also known as UNC 4s, is a bright and cool colourway of the AJ4s.
As sought-after as they are, the Air Jordan 4 University Blues have a lot of replicas out there on the markets.
We totally get how annoying it might be when trying to buy a pair of University Blue 4s and not knowing whether they’re real or fake.
Moreover, that’s why we are here: we want to teach you all there is to know when it comes to spotting fake Air Jordan 4 University Blue UNC sneakers.
To put it shortly, the fastest way to spot fake Air Jordan 4 UNC is checking the size tag inside each shoe because the fake University blue 4s never have their text on the size tag at the right thickness. In fact, the fake size tags are always badly font-weighted when it comes to their text, and the real pairs are always flawless and have no such issues.
For the first step of the guide on how to tell fake Air Jordan 4 University Blue, we will talk about the fake vs real AJ4 University Blue shoes for their size tags.
As we’ve said before, we like to believe that the size tag can easily tell you the authenticity of an AJ4 Uni Blue pair of sneakers.
This fake vs real Air Jordan 4 University Blue comparison image above shows you four flaws on the fake pair’s size tag.
The “VW1” text stands for the factory assigned to manufacture the authentic Air Jordan 4 University Blue sneakers.
Looking at the fake pair’s “VW1” text, you can see how this looks thick and too big on the fake pair of 4s.
On the other hand, the retail AJ4 University blues have the same text looking thinner and narrower than the fake “VW1” print.
Up next, we have to deal with the style-code’s text, which is “CT8527-400“. Worth mentioning is that this code is unique to this colourway of the AJ4s.
The replica Air Jordan 4 University Blue pair has its “CT8527-400” text looking too thick and seemingly using a different font from the real pair’s text.
The difference of fonts can be the most visible if you look at the “CT” text, where the fake pair’s letters are improperly shaped since they don’t make contact one with another.
Looking at the genuine shoes, it is noticeable how the style-code’s print is thicker and how the “CT” text is in contact, unlike the fake pair’s prints.
The third flaw on the fake shoes is about the “UPC” text, which yet again, is an inscription that is unique on each authentic UNC AJ4 pair.
Looking at the fake pair’s “UPC” text and its numbers, you can observe how this text is too thin, and looking at the real pair’s text, it is visible how it is thicker than the fake text.
Moving to the second way of spotting fake Air Jordan 4 University Blue sneakers, we now have to go to the profile sides of the shoes.
Below the triangle-shaped cages, you are going to find those rectangle-shaped stitches on all profile sides of the UNC 4s.
In the image with the real vs replica Air Jordan 4 University Blue sneakers above, we have highlighted how the fake pair has too much empty space inside the rectangle.
In fact, the fake pair’s rectangle is too wide on the inside, and since the real one has less empty space on the inside, it is narrower than the fake rectangle.
As picky as this may seem, this is what an authentic pair should look like – it is mandatory that the rectangle has to be narrow on the real UNC 4s.
Let’s go to the exterior side of the tongue, where we need to talk about the classic Flight Air Jordan tongue label.
As always, we first need to take a look at the real vs fake Air Jordan 4 University Blue image, and after that, we’ll have a chat about the flaws on the fake shoes and about the real pair’s parts.
This fake vs real University Blue 4 image above shows you how the fake pair’s stitching on the Flight Air Jordan was improperly done.
By that, we mean that the fake pair’s threads look too thin and too long, therefore being less dense than the real ones.
Speaking of which, the authentic Air Jordan 4 University Blue pair’s stitching on the tongue is thicker and shorter, as there are more stitches on the real tongue’s badge than on the fake one.
To the fourth way on how to tell fake Air Jordan 4 University Blue sneakers, we are going to talk about the toe boxes.
Precisely, what we need to acre about is how curvy the toe boxes are. The real shoes are supposed to be curvy at one level, while most of the fake pairs have their toe boxes either way too curvy or too little curvy.
In the image with the fake vs authentic AJ4 University Blue pairs above, you can observe how the fake pair’s toe box is too flat and how it is too little curvy.
By that, we mean that the fake pair’s toe box is too small and it is arched too little, as it is too far away from the ground.
On the other hand, you can notice how the genuine Air Jordan 4 UNC pair’s toe box is bigger and curvier than the fake one, since the real toe box’s tip is further away from the ground than its replica’s.
The steps we’ve written so far are the best ways to authenticate this item.
The next few steps are still reliable signs of authenticity but are for non-top-versions of replicas available for this item. We recommend sticking to the steps we’ve explained above to make sure you’re not drawing the wrong conclusions.
Moving forward to the fifth method on how to tell fake vs real Air Jordan 4 University Blue UNC sneakers, we are going to talk about the interior side of the tongue’s badges.
Like most of the other Air Jordan 4 colourways the University Blue 4s spell “AIR JORDAN” upside down on the interior side of the tongues.
In the picture with the fake vs real University Blue Air Jordan 4s above, you can see ow the fake pair’s “AIR JORDAN” text is too tiny.
You can notice the size of the text if you look at how further away from the edges of the badge the text is.
Considering that, you can notice how the fake pair’s “AIR JORDAN” upside-down text is placed too far away from each side of the badge.
At the same time, you can also notice how the real AJ4s have their text placed closer to each edge of the badge since the text is bigger on the real label.
For the sixth method on how to tell fake Air Jordan 4 University Blue sneakers, we are going to talk about the details on the back of these shoes.
The University Blue Air Jordan 4s present the classic Jumpman logo on the patch in the middle of the shoes.
As you can see from this real vs fake AIr Jordan 4 University Blue image above, the fake pair’s stitching all around the patch is improperly done.
By that, we mean that the fake pair’s threads have different weights: some of the threads on the left side of the patch are too thin, and most of the threads on the right side are too thick.
Looking at the real pair’s stitches, you can notice how they all have the same thickness.
Going to the seventh and also the last step of the guide on how to spot fake Air Jordan 4 University Blue sneakers, we now have to to focus on the little Jumpman found on the sole of the shoes.
The image with the fake vs real University Blue AJ4s above shows you how the fake pair’s Jumpman has its outline too deep and too thick.
In fact, the fake pair’s Jumpman looks too wide due to this big outline, while the real pair’s Jumpman looks thinner because its outline isn’t as wide as the fake one.
The 7 detailed steps outlined above might not be so practical when you are in a hurry or when you want to buy the sneakers online.
That is why we have compiled this quick 60-second solution to authenticating your sneakers. Below are the top 7 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake or real AJ4 UNC.
If you need help with the authentication of your Air Jordan 4 Bred, we’ve got you covered.
All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your sneakers and we will get back to you with the results within 24 to 48 hours. The results will also come with a report on why we believe your sneakers are fake or authentic.
That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Air Jordan 4 Bred guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.
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Ch Daniel and Ch David