Jordan 1 Trophy Room Real Vs Fake Guide (2024)

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Last Updated on January 9, 2024 by Ch David

Fan of the Trophy Room Jordan 1s? Interested in getting a pair?

If so, you should first legit check them.

Join us, and let’s go through the 15 ways to spot fake Air Jordan 1 “Trophy Room” Chicago.

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This image portrays an infographic guide that applies to 90% of the Air Jordan 1 Retro High colourways. Continue reading for a fully detailed guide!

How to spot fake Trophy Room Jordan 1

You can spot fake Trophy Room Jordan 1s by examining their interior tongue label and size tag.

Replicas consistently display inaccuracies in text thickness.

1. Interior tongue


  1. The “NIKE” text is thinner and smaller.
  2. The “SWOOSH” text is thicker, and all the letters in the word are the same size.
  3. The “QUALITY” inscription is bigger.
  4. The “SWOOSH ®” text is thinner, and all letters are the same size.
  5. The “MADE IN CHINA” and “FABRIQUE EN CHINE” text is thinner.


  1. The “NIKE” text is too thick and bulky.
  2. The “SWOOSH” text is too thin.
    • IN “SWOOSH”, the “W” is bigger than the rest of the letters.
  3. The “QUALITY” inscription is too small.
  4. The “SWOOSH ®” text is too thick.
    • Also, the “W” is too big.
  5. The “MADE IN CHINA” and “FABRIQUE EN CHINE” text is too thick.
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2. Size tag


  • The style code “DA278-100” text is thicker, wider, and bigger.
  • The “UPC” print and numbers are thicker and more defined.
  • The “UPC” inscription is wider, and the text is thicker.
  • “MADE IN CHINA” is thinner and wider than the fake.


  • The style code “DA278-100” text is thinner, boxier, and smaller.
  • The “UPC” print and numbers are thinner and less defined.
  • The “UPC” inscription is boxier and narrower.
  • The “MADE IN CHINA” text is thick and narrow.

3. Hourglass shape

  • Authentic: Pronounced curves at the top and bottom create an hourglass shape, with a narrowed middle.
  • Fake: Tries to replicate the hourglass shape but lacks the distinct curves seen on the authentic pair.

Here, if that isn’t so clear:

  • Authentic: Pronounced curves and a narrow middle, creating an hourglass shape.
  • Fake: Less distinct curves, resulting in a wider and less curvy/narrow shape.

Check this when the shoes are not being worn for better visibility.

4. Rumor has it…

Find this text on the interior side of the shoes.

  • Authentic: Thinner “Rumor has it…” text, with individual letters less connected, making it more legible.
  • Fake: Thicker “Rumor has it…” text with more connected letters, making it less legible.

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. Toe box

  • Authentic: Curvier toe box with a greyer, less saturated icy sole.
  • Fake: Less curved toe box with a more saturated, bluer icy sole.

6. Logo text

  • Authentic:
    • “AIR JORDAN” text is thicker and more defined.
    • “TM” text is thinner and slimmer.
  • Fake:
    • “AIR JORDAN” text is too thin.
    • “TM” text is too thick.

7. Logo wings

  • Authentic: Wings are thinner and less visible.
  • Fake: Wings are too thick and too visible.

8. Insole

  • Authentic:
    • Thinner stitching all around the badge.
    • “TROPHY ROOM” is thinner at the bottom of the badge.
  • Fake:
    • Thicker stitching all around the badge.
    • Bolder “TROPHY ROOM” text at the bottom of the badge.

9. Perforations

  • Authentic: Larger, deeper, and wider holes on the toe box.
  • Fake: Smaller, shallower, and narrower holes on the toe box.

10. Unique number

On the interior tongue label (step 1 in this guide), you’ll find this:

  • A black tab stitched below the red one
  • Left: Your unique pair number, as only 12.000 pairs were made
  • Right: Feb 10, 1985

The date on the right shoe is a reference to Michael Jordan’s 1985 NBA All-Star game.

  • Authentic: Thinner text for both “of 12000” and “Feb 10, 1985” inscriptions.
  • Fake: Thicker text for both “of 12000” and “Feb 10, 1985” inscriptions.

11. Swoosh

  • Authentic: Thinner and less noticeable stitching where the Nike Swoosh logo curves.
  • Fake: Thicker and more noticeable stitching in the same area.

12. Corner stitching

  • Authentic: Thicker stitching with thinner threads going over the black Swoosh.
  • Fake: Thinner stitching with thicker threads in the same area.

13. Rear patch

  • Authentic: Shorter and wider black patch.
  • Fake: Taller and narrower black patch.

13. Signature

Iconic for the Nike x Jordan collaboration, the Trophy Room 1s have Michael Jordan’s signature on the side:

  • Authentic: Thinner and less visible signature.
  • Fake: Thicker and more visible signature.

15. Box label

  • Authentic: Thicker and more defined “USA” text on the box label.
  • Fake: Thinner “USA” text on the box label.

Shortlist: Legit check your Trophy Room Jordan 1s

The 15 detailed steps outlined above might not be so practical when you are in a hurry or when you want to buy sneakers online.

That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your sneakers. Below are the top 15 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake or real Air Jordan 1 Trophy Room

  1. Examine the interior tongue label with multiple lines of text, as fake pairs often have flawed text.
  2. Inspect the size tag inside your Air Jordan Trophy Room sneakers; counterfeit shoes may feature text that is either excessively thin or thick.
  3. Evaluate the hourglass shape from the rear side of your shoes; fake Air Jordan 1 Trophy Room pairs often have a straighter shape.
  4. Look at the “Rumor has it…” text inside your shoes; counterfeit pairs may display overly thick text with characters connected.
  5. Verify the toe box of your Air Jordan 1 Trophy Room; fake AJ1 pairs often have an over-inflated appearance.
  6. Examine the “Air Jordan TM” text in the classic Air Jordan 1 logo of your shoes; fake pairs may have text of incorrect thickness.
  7. Inspect the space between the wings in the classic Air Jordan 1 logo; counterfeit AJ1 Trophy Room pairs may have wings positioned too closely or too far apart.
  8. Examine the badge on the insole of your shoes; fake Trophy Room Air Jordan 1s may have thicker stitching and text on the badge.
  9. Look at the toe box perforations; fake pairs often have smaller and narrower holes on the toe box.
  10. Check the black badges below the interior tongue label of your shoes; fake pairs may have excessively thick text.
  11. Inspect the stitching on the Swoosh; fake pairs may have thicker stitches.
  12. Examine the corner stitching on the side; counterfeit pairs often have thinner stitching placed too close to the Nike Swoosh logo.
  13. Verify the patch on the back of the shoes where the Nike Swoosh logos meet; fake pairs may have a boxier patch.
  14. Look at the signature on the side; fake pairs may have an opaque and thicker signature compared to authentic pairs.
  15. Check the text on the box’s label; counterfeit pairs often have “USA” text that is too thin.

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This concludes our guide on distinguishing between real and fake Air Jordan Trophy Room 1.

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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.
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