Jordan 1 GS: How To Spot Fake VS Real (2024)

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Last Updated on January 8, 2024 by Ch David

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This guide provides you with the most accurate Jordan 1 GS comparison — we’ll talk just about GS, and no other style of Jordan 1s.

We’ll compare: Fake GS vs real GS Jordans.

Alternatively, we also have a real vs fake Jordan 1 GS Mid guide.

Let’s go to the High 1s.

How to tell if your Jordan 1 GS are fake

The best way to tell if your Jordan 1 GS are fake is to check the stitching. We always start with the Swoosh’s stitching.

Over there, fakes tend to have thinner and loose stitches.

1. Swoosh

Jordan 1 GS Fake Vs Real Comparison - Swoosh
  • Authentic: Thick, solid and rich stitching — very dense.
  • Fake: Thin, poorer stitching. Not dense enough as well.
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2. Shape

Flip your Js to the back.

Jordan 1 GS Fake Vs Real Comparison - Shape From The Back
  • Authentic: Very curvy sides + the stitching at the bottom is hidden.
  • Fake: Not as curvy as needed, and the midsole’s stitching is visible.

3. Holes

From a top-down view, we’ll look at the perforations in front.

Jordan 1 GS Fake Vs Real Comparison - Perforations
  • Authentic: Smaller peforations.
  • Fake: Bigger, generally larger holes.

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4. Toe box

Jordan 1 GS Fake Vs Real Comparison - Side
  • Authentic: Curvier and closer to the ground.
  • Fake: Toe box is not as curvy and too high up from the ground.

5. Logo

This is the classic AIR JORDAN TM engraving on the side.

Jordan 1 GS Fake Vs Real Comparison - Logos
  • Authentic: Thicker text, and the “TM” symbol is also boxier.
  • Fake: Text is too thin — “TM” is also too wide.

6. Exterior tongue

Jordan 1 GS Fake Vs Real Comparison - Tongues
  • Authentic: Thicker and more solid inscriptions.
  • Fake: “®” and “I” in “AIR” are too thin.

7. Size tag

Jordan 1 GS Fake Vs Real Comparison - Siez Tags
  • Authentic: Thicker, more solid inscriptions.
  • Fake: Thinner “EUR” and “BR” letters + numbers next to them.

8. Interior tongue

Jordan 1 GS Fake Vs Real Comparison - Interior Tongue
  • Authentic: Very noticeably thicker double stitching lines.
  • Fake: Stitching is too thin.

9. Box

Jordan 1 GS Fake Vs Real Comparison - Boxes
  • Authentic: Thicker “USA” print.
  • Fake: “USA” is too thin.

What is Jordan 1 GS?

Jordan 1 GS refers to a size category of the Air Jordan 1 sneakers, specifically in Grade School (GS) sizing. GS is also known as “Girls Sizes”.

The GS versions often mirror the design and style of the adult versions but are sized for younger or smaller-footed consumers.

Differences: Jordan 1 vs Jordan 1 GS

The main difference between the Jordan 1 and Jordan 1 GS lies in their sizing and target demographic.

  • Jordan 1: Typically refers to the standard adult sizes.
  • Jordan 1 GS: Stands for Grade School sizes, which are designed for younger, typically adolescent customers.
FeatureJordan 1 – AdultJordan 1 – GS
Target DemographicAdultsAdolescents/Young Teens
Size RangeLarger sizes, typically men’sSmaller sizes suitable for children
PriceGenerally higherUsually less expensive
Design and StyleMore focused on adult tastesStyles may be more youth-oriented
Material QualityHigh-quality materialsMay vary, sometimes slightly lower
ConstructionDesigned for adult foot shapesTailored for younger, growing feet
ColorwaysOften broader rangeColors may cater to younger tastes
AvailabilityWider availability in adult sizesLimited to grade school size range
Table: Jordan 1 vs Jordan 1 GS (Features)

Why are GS shoes cheaper?

GS shoes are typically cheaper than their adult-sized counterparts for a few reasons:

  1. Material and Construction: GS shoes use less material due to their smaller size. This results in lower material costs. Additionally, the construction process may be slightly simplified for children’s shoes, contributing to lower production costs.
  2. Market Pricing Strategy: The pricing of GS shoes takes into account the target market. Since these shoes are primarily aimed at children and teenagers, who might not have the same spending power as adults, the prices are set to be more affordable.
  3. Demand and Collectability: Adult-sized sneakers, especially popular models like the Jordan 1, are often collected and resold in a vibrant secondary market. This demand can drive up prices. GS sizes don’t usually have the same level of demand in the resell market, which keeps their prices lower.

These factors combined make GS shoes a more affordable option compared to adult sizes.

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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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