Jordan 9: Authentic or Fake? (2024 Guide)

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Last Updated on April 10, 2024 by Ch David

If you are here because you want to learn how to spot fake Air Jordan 9, then you are in the right place.

Our experts will teach you how to legit check any Jordan 9s.

How to tell if you have fake Jordan 9

You can spot any fake Air Jordan 9 by checking if the size tag has very thin inscriptions. Very bolded prints = fakes.

1. Size tag

  • The fake shoes have their style code looking too thick, while the code on the legit shoes is thinner.
  • Hence, the fake “3082370-112” text is too thick on the fake pair.
  • The “MADE IN CHINA” and the “FABRIQUE EN CHINE” texts are too thin on the fake Jordan 9s.
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2. Rear details

  • The fake shoes have stitching on the middle side of the shoes looking too thin and long.
  • The fake “23” number looks too thin and stretched out.
  • The “2” and “3” are too long in height, and too short in width on the fake Air Jordan 9 pair.

3. Jumpman

  • The fake shoes have their Jumpman looking too thick.
  • The fake Jumpman’s right arm is as thick as it touches the leg.

On the other hand, the authentic Air Jordan 9s have their Jumpman’s arm looking thinner. It does not make any contact with the rest of the body.

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.

4. Toe box

  • The fake shoes have their toe box too much lifted up.
  • It is thicker and has an over-inflated look, while the legit shoes have their toe box looking thinner and deflated.

Shortlist: How to tell if your Jordan 9s are fake

  1. Inspect the size tag inside the sneakers. Counterfeit Air Jordan 9s often have improperly font-weighted text on their size tags.
  2. Examine the details on the rear side of your Air Jordan 9s. Fake shoes typically exhibit stitching that is excessively thin and long, and the text on the rear is frequently too tall, stretched out, and thin.
  3. Validate the Jumpman logo on the midsole of your Air Jordan 9s. Frequently, replica AJ9 shoes feature a Jumpman logo that appears overly thick.
  4. Analyze the toe box of your Air Jordan 9. Usually, counterfeit AJ9 pairs have a toe box that looks excessively thick and over-inflated.

The comprehensive four steps provided above might not be particularly convenient when you’re pressed for time or looking to make an online sneaker purchase.

To address this, we’ve devised a rapid 60-second method for verifying the authenticity of your sneakers.

Above are the primary four cues that can assist you in distinguishing between genuine and counterfeit sneakers.

Professional Air Jordan 9 authentication

Should you require assistance in authenticating your Air Jordan 9, rest assured that we are here to assist.

Simply provide us with high-quality images of your sneakers, and within a span of 24 to 48 hours, we will respond with the results. Additionally, the results will include a comprehensive report detailing the basis for our determination of whether your sneakers are genuine or counterfeit.

With this, we conclude our guide on differentiating between genuine and counterfeit Air Jordan 9. As more refined and current comparisons become available, we are committed to continually updating this article.

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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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