Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard 3.0 Real Vs Fake (Guide)

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

Got a pair of Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard 3.0? Over here, we will:

  • Teach you how to spot real vs fake Shattered Backboard 3.0
  • Tell you what original Jordan 1s must look like
  • And show you various replicas
  • From best to worst

Note: We will often refer to this colorway as the “SBB 3.0” in this guide.

Not what you need? See our guide for all Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard colorways.

Leaving words aside, let’s tart the guide.

real vs fake nike air jordan 1
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 tell fake Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard 3.0

You can tell fake Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard 3.0 by inspecting the interior tongue label with multiple lines of text.

Fake Nike x Air Jordan sneakers typically show the wrong font-weight for their text.

1. Interior tongue


  1. “YOUR” text is thick and well-defined.
  2. “GUARANTEE” text is thick and clear.
  3. “SWOOSH” text is properly spaced with well-weighted letters.
  4. “VOTRE” and “QUALITE” text is well-defined with straight, properly positioned letters.
  5. “MADE IN CHINA” and “FABRIQUE EN CHINE” text is thick and well-shaped.


  1. “YOUR” text is too thin.
  2. “GUARANTEE” text is thin and lacks definition.
  3. “SWOOSH” text has thin letters and improper spacing.
  4. “VOTRE” and “QUALITE” text is thin, wavily positioned, and has crooked letters.
  5. “MADE IN CHINA” and “FABRIQUE EN CHINE” text is thin and lacks definition.
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2. Hourglass shape

Over 90% of the authentic Jordan 1 colorways follow the same pattern.

The SBB 3.0 is included.


  1. The authentic shoes have a pronounced hourglass shape.
  2. They are curvier on the lower and upper sides.
  3. In the middle, they have a noticeable narrowing, resembling an hourglass figure.


  1. The fake shoes may have a somewhat curvy shape but lack the pronounced hourglass figure.
  2. They are not as curvy as the authentic Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard 3.0s.
  3. The narrowing in the middle may not be as noticeable on the fake pair.

Let’s take a closer look:

  • Authentic: Features an hourglass shape, with curvy sides and a narrowing in the middle.
  • Fake: Lacks the authentic hourglass shape, with less curvy sides.

3. Toe box

  • Authentic: Toe box appears deflated
  • Fake: Toe box looks too thick and pumped up

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. Logo text

  • Authentic:
    1. “AIR” text letters are appropriately thick
    2. Letter “R” in “AIR” has a longer bottom right leg
    3. “JORDAN” text has consistent and correct thickness in letters
    4. “TM” text letters have adequate thickness
  • Fake:
    1. “AIR” text letters appear too thin
    2. Letter “R” in “AIR” has a shorter bottom right leg
    3. Letters “J”, “O”, and “N” in “JORDAN” text are too thin, while others are too thick
    4. “TM” text letters are too thin

5. Logo wings

  • Authentic:
    • Wings logo has minimal space between
    • Consistent spacing on both sides of the wings logo
  • Fake:
    • Too much space between wings logo

6. Size tag

Style code: “555088-028”

This is a unique number for the Shattered Backboard 3.0 colorway.

  • Authentic:
    • Style code text is thicker
    • Manufacturing date text is smaller, thicker, and boxier
  • Fake:
    • Style code text is thinner
    • Manufacturing date text is too big and thin

8. Exterior tongue

  • Authentic:
    1. “®” symbols have correct font-weight (not too thin)
    2. “AIR” text is larger and thicker
    3. “NIKE” text has appropriate thickness
  • Fake:
    1. “®” symbols are too thin due to low font-weight
    2. “AIR” text appears too narrow and thin
    3. “NIKE” text is also too thin

8. Swoosh

The Swoosh is Nike’s logo on the side of the shoes.

Orange for the SBB 3.0 colorway.

  • Authentic: Logo curves smoothly, with a less abrupt curvature
  • Fake: Nike Swoosh logo curves abruptly, appearing overly curvy

9. Perforations

  • Authentic: Toe box perforations are wider and bigger
  • Fake: Toe box perforations are too narrow and small

10. Rear patch

  • Authentic:
    • Patch is longer in height and shorter in width
    • Stitching below the patch is thinner
  • Fake:
    • Patch is more square-shaped
    • Stitching below the patch is too thick

11. Cross stitching

This is the “L” shaped line of stitching that crosses the shoes on the side.

  • Authentic: Cross-stitching is positioned farther away from the Nike Swoosh logo
  • Fake: Stitching is placed too close to the Nike Swoosh logo

12. Sole

  • Authentic: Soles feature bigger and thicker stars
  • Fake: Stars on the soles are too small and thin

13. Box label

  • Authentic:
    • Text on box label is thicker and more readable
    • Barcode number and “AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG” text are clearly visible and properly thick
  • Fake:
    • Box label text appears too thin, affecting readability
    • Barcode number and “AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG” text are notably thinner

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In situations where you need a quick and practical way to authenticate your Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard 3.0 sneakers, consider these top 12 indicators.

These can help you distinguish between genuine and fake pairs:

  1. Check the interior tongue label text: Fakes often display improper font weight and positioning.
  2. Analyze from the rear: Replica AJ1 SBBs usually lack the authentic’s hourglass shape.
  3. Inspect the toe box: Fakes typically have wider perforations and appear over-inflated due to excess thickness.
  4. Observe the Air Jordan logo lettering: Replicas usually present letters that are too thin and wide.
  5. Examine spacing between the wings logo: Fakes often have excessive space between wings.
  6. Review the size tags: Text on fakes is often improperly weighted and shaped.
  7. Look at the exterior tongue text: Replicas tend to have incorrect font weight.
  8. Scrutinize the Nike Swoosh logo: It often appears too curvy on fake versions.
  9. Check toe box perforations: Replicas frequently have narrow, small perforations.
  10. Analyze the rear patch: Fakes commonly have a boxy-looking patch.
  11. Inspect side cross-stitching: On fakes, stitching is typically too close to the Nike Swoosh.
  12. Observe the sole stars: Fakes usually have stars that are too small and thin.
  13. Review box label text: Replicas often display text that is too thin.

Expert Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard 3.0 authentication

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This concludes our guide on authenticating the Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard SBB 3.0, and we’ll keep it updated with the latest and most accurate information.

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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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