To put it shortly, the fastest way to spot fake Air Jordan 4 Union sneakers is to check the size tag inside each shoe, since the replica shoes never have their inscriptions properly printed due to flaws such as different font weights and text placement.
If you are looking to learn how to spot fake Air Jordan 4 x Union sneakers, then you are in the right place to do so.
In this fake vs real Union Air Jordan 4 legit check guide, we are going to teach you how to spot fake Union 4 sneakers in just a few simple steps to follow.
This guide works for any colourway of the Union Jordan 4.
Let’s check it out!
How to tell if Jordan 4 Union are fake
You can tell if Jordan 4 Union are fake by checking the size tag inside each shoe. A fake pair always has thicker inscriptions compared to those visible in authentic examples.
Waste no time and have a look at the real vs fake Jordan 4 Union images in this guide to see the differences for yourself.
1. Size tag
The fake Air Jordan 4s have their product ID code’s text too thin.
The replica Air Jordan 4s have their “UPC” code numbers printed with different font weights as well.
The “UPC” text is too thick.
The numbers in the code are too thin when compared to the legit size tag’s text.
On the fake pair, the “MADE IN CHINA” text is too boxy and thick.
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2. Double stitching
The fake shoes have their stitching too thin, while the same stitching found on the legit shoes is thicker and more defined.
On the rear side, you can see how the fake threads are too thick.
The fake shoes’ rectangle has too much space between the top and the bottom lines, while the authentic shoes have very little space between the two lines.
The fake stitching is less dense than the authentic shoes’ stitching.
The fake pair’s stitches are also too thick when compared to the legit shoes’ stitches.
The authentic Union Air Jordan 4s have stitching denser and also thinner than the stitching found on the fake shoes.
The fake shoes have the letter “R” in the “AIR” text looking too thick.
In the word “JORDAN”, the fake shoes have the letter “A” too thin.
The red stitching is too thick on the fake label.
On the other hand, the stitching found on the legit Air Jordan 4 x Union LA sneakers is thinner than the one found on the replica Union 4s.
A quick mention:
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5. Rear logo
The fake pair’s “A I R” text is too thick.
The fake stitching on the suede patch looks too big, long and thick.
The stitching found on the legitimate Air Jordan 4 Union pair is smaller, shorter and also thinner than the one found on the replica Union 4s.
For the sixth step of the guide on how to spot fake Union Air Jordan 4s, we will have a look at the real vs fake Union 4 pairs for the stitching at the bottom of the tongue.
This stitching that we are going to talk about is the famous Union LA x Air Jordan yellow/blue stitching, found on the Union Air Jordan 1s as well.
The fake shoes have their tongues stitched too thin and spread out too much.
On the other hand, the authentic Air Jordan 4 Unions have their stitching on the tongue thicker and narrower than the fake shoes’ stitching
The fake Union Air Jordan 4 have their stitching insole too thin.
The material of the insole is visible through the Jumpman print on the fake pair.
The fake pair’s Jumpman is slimmer/thinner than the authentic pair’s Jumpman.
On the other hand, the authentic Air Jordan 4 x Union LA shoes have their Jumpman thicker, as the material of the insole is not opaque and visible through the Jumpman print.
8. “UN/LA” tab
The fake shoes have their tab placed too much on the rear side of the shoes.
The authentic Union 4s also have their tab placed more to the back of the shoes since it is covered by the cage, but the difference is that the shoes have their tab placed too much to the back of the shoes.
On the other hand, the authentic shoes have their UN/LA tab positioned more to the front of the shoe, as it is more visible than the fake shoes’ UN/LA tab, which is less visible than the legit tab.
Moving on to the ninth method on how to spot fake Union Air Jordan 4s, we are going to have a look at the fake vs real Union Air Jordan 4s for the pattern and the shape of the lace holes.
The replica Union 4s have their cage on the lace holes looking too long in width and short in height.
The authentic Air Jordan 4 x Union LA shoes have their lace holes looking shorter in width and longer in height.
10. Toe box
The fake Union Air Jordan 4s have their toe box looking too thick, being over-inflated.
In fact, the fake shoes have their toe box looking too big when compared to the authentic shoes’ toe box, which is smaller than the fake pair’s toe box.
Authentic shoes must always have a deflated look for their toe box, while most replica shoes have their toe box looking too thick and over-inflated.
Shortlist: Tell fake Union Jordan 4 (in 30 seconds)
Check the size tag inside your shoes. Mostly, the fake Union Air Jordan 4s have their text on the size tag improperly font-weighted
Verify the rectangle-shaped stitching on the side of your Union 4s. Usually, the fake Union AJ4 pairs have their stitching improperly weighted, positioned and shaped
Look at the footbed of your Union 4s. Most of the time, the fake Union Air Jordan 4 pairs have their stitching on the footbed too thick and too little dense
Analyze the exterior tongue red “AIR JORDAN” label. Usually, the fake Union AJ4 pairs have their text improperly font-weighted, and their red label’s stitching is usually too thick
Inspect the details on the rear side of your Air Jordan 4 x Union LA. Mostly, the replica Union 4 pairs have their “A I R” text looking too thick, and their stitching is also too big, long and thick
Examine the Union LA signature stitching at the bottom of the tongue. Usually, the replica Air Jordan 4 x Union LA shoes have their stitching too thin and spread out too much
Look at the insole of your shoes. In most cases, the fake Air Jordan 4 x Union LA shoes have their Jumpman too slim and thin, and also too little opaque
Authenticate the placement of the UN/LA tab on the side. Mostly, the fake pairs have their tab placed too much to the back of the shoes
Look at the pattern and shape of the cage above the last lace holes. Usually, the fake shoes have their lace holes improperly shaped
Check the shoes for the toe box’s inflation level, because in most cases, the fake shoes have their toe box over-inflated, therefore looking too thick when compared to the authentic shoes’ toe boxes.
The comprehensive ten-step procedure delineated above might prove less feasible when time is of the essence, or especially when considering online sneaker purchases.
Hence, we have formulated this concise 30-second approach for swiftly authenticating your sneakers.
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That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Air Jordan 4 Union guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.
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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.