How To Spot Fake Nike Air Force 1 Sneakers – Real Vs Fake Nike AF1

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You are in the right place if you wish to know how to spot the fake vs real Nike Air Force 1 AF1 sneakers.

In fact, we are here today to teach you how to spot fake Nike Air Force 1 sneakers in fourteen simple steps with our ultimate guide.

Before everything, we would like to mention that this real vs fake Nike Air Force 1 guide applies to almost every colourway of the Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.

If you are looking for the guide on how to spot fake Off-White Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, we also have unique guides for every Off-White AF1 colourway, and you can check them all out by clicking here.

Now that you’ve got the main idea of what we are about to talk about today, let’s get to the seven steps on how to spot fake Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.

How to spot fake Nike Air Force 1 AF1

For a quicker answer, the fastest way to spot fake Nike Air Force 1 is to inspect the stitching and the Nike AIR text on the rear side of the sneakers, as the rear side of the Nike AF1 sneakers is the most flawed one of the whole sneakers in almost every case of fake AF1 pairs.

Also, we have a list at the bottom of this article on how to spot fake Nike Air Force 1 sneakers with all of the spots that we will look at during this article, but at the bottom, it is all shorten with the main idea of every step.

Until that time, let’s see the steps on how to spot fake Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.

Step 1: Check the rear details of the Nike AF1

We have mentioned it above enough times, but it’s never enough when it comes to this type of information, so let us say it again:

The rear side of the Nike Air Force 1 sneakers is almost every time the best spot to look at in order to spot fake Nike AF1 pairs.

First of all, let’s have a quick look at the Nike AF1 real vs fake images, and then, let us explain the flaws on the counterfeit Nike Air Force 1 pair.

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Fake Vs Real Nike Air Force 1 – Rear Details

The real vs fake Nike Air Force 1 image above may seem complicated because of the amount of hand-emoji pointers that we used, but it really isn’t.

Beginning with the Nike Swoosh logo below the “NIKE” text, you can see how, on the fake Nike AF1 sneakers, the Nike Swoosh logo is a lot longer than the logo on the authentic pair.

This can be visible by looking at the most rear side of the Nike Swoosh logo, where we have placed a hand-emoji pointer. On the authentic sneakers, you can see how the Swoosh is looking smaller.

Moving a bit lower from the Swoosh logo, you’ll have to inspect the “A I R” text. Most of the time, the fake Nike Air Force 1 pairs will have the “A I R” text looking either too thick or too thin.

In this case, you can see how the fake Nike Air Force 1 sneakers have their “A I R” text looking a lot thinner and somewhat longer than the “A I R” print on the authentic sneakers.

Also, the counterfeit Nike Air Force 1 pair’s “A I R” text is placed too high on the sneakers, as it almost makes contact with the Swoosh logo above, and that’s something which you will never meet on an authentic Nike AF1 pair.

Going to the edge of the patch where the previously inspected elements are placed, you can see how the stitching on the middle side of the sneakers is looking less dense on the fake Nike Air Force 1 sneaker.

On the other hand, on the legit pairs, the stitching is actually looking denser and it chants more quality.

As a side factor of the stitching, the fake Nike Air Force 1 sneakers have their stitching looking shorter than the lines of stitching on the legit Nike Air Force 1 pairs.

Lastly, for the rear side of the real vs fake Nike Air Force 1, we’ll have to move even lower, and that’s exactly on the midsole.

As you may see, there are lines of stitching on the midsole of the AF1 sneakers fit into the midsole on both the real vs fake Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.

The problem with the fake Nike AF1 sneakers’ midsole stitching is that most of the time, they have their stitching lines looking a lot longer, thinner and fit into the sneakers than they have to be, as on the legit sneakers.

The authentic Nike Air Force 1 sneakers’ midsole stitching obviously has a better quality.

Now that you know how to spot fake Nike Air Force 1 pairs from the rear side, let’s move on to the second step of the Nike AF1 fake vs real guide.

Step 2: Real vs fake Nike AF1 size tag

As for the second step of the guide on how to legit check Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, you will have to go inside the sneakers and inspect the text printed on the size tag.

Let us show you the fake vs real Nike AF1 images in order to understand this in a more easier way:

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Legit Check Air Force 1 – Size Tag

Now that you had a look at the real vs fake Air Force 1 legit check guide, let us explain the flaws on the fake AF1’s:

1 – The “VF” text (top right corner)

This print may differ from a pair to another, buy in this case, bot the real vs fake Air Force 1 sneakers have the “VF” print.

Most of the time, the print on the top right corner will be too thin on the fake sneakers, and on the authentic ones, it is always looking a lot thicker.

2 – The “BR” print on the left side

Moving to the left side of the size tag, you will have to check the “BR” print. Usually, the “BR” print is going to look the same as the “VF” text, and that is too thin.

Most of the time, the “BR” text will look too thin, but it can also be too thick. If you’re undecided whether the text looks too thick or too thin on your AF1 sneakers, we recommend you to refer to our real vs fake AF1 images.

3 – The country of producing text

In this case, both the fake vs real Air Force 1 sneakers are made in Vietnam, so the text is the same one on both the real vs fake AF1 pairs.

You can see in the real vs fake Air Force 1 image above how the fake “FABRIQUE EN VIETNAM” text seems thinner than the text on the legit pairs.

As for the third step of the fake vs real Air Force 1 guide, we are going to move on the side of the Nike sneakers, and we have to quickly analyze the shape of the Swoosh logo.

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Real Vs Fake Nike Air Force 1 – Swoosh Logo

In the fake vs real Nike Air Force 1 image above, we have pointed out two main flaws for the fake Air Force 1 sneakers.

Most of the time, the counterfeit Nike Air Force 1 sneakers will have their Nike Swoosh logo looking different at the frontal curving.

We drew a green line for the authentic Nike Air Force 1 sneakers in order to point out the correct shape of the Swoosh logo, and for the fake AF1 sneakers, we used a red line to show you the shape of the replica Swoosh.

In fact, the fake Air Force 1 pairs will have their Swoosh logo’s curving looking more out of a sudden, while the authentic Swoosh’s curving goes more “natural” and smoother.

This curving problem on the fake Nike AF1 pairs makes their Swoosh logo looking higher at the top of it, while the authentic Nike sneakers always had and they will always have the correct pattern, just as in the image above.

Then, on the rear side of the Nike Swoosh logo, the problem is exactly reversed from the side of the logo.

In fact, on the rear side of the Nike Swoosh logo, you can see how the fake Nike AF1 pair’s Swoosh is placed further away from the sockliner of the sneakers, and how on the authentic sneakers, the Swoosh is placed a lot closer to the sockliner of the shoes.

Step 4: Verify the pattern of the holes on the side of the Nike Air Force 1 sneakers

As for the fourth step of the fake vs real Nike Air Force 1 legit check guide, we are going to inspect the placement of the two holes on the side of the sneakers on both the real vs fake Nike AF1 pairs.

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Nike Air Force 1 Legit Check – Side Perforations

In the fake vs real Nike Air Force 1 image above, we have pointed out how, on the fake sneakers, the two perforations on the side of the shoes are placed a lot lower than they have to be.

On the authentic sneakers, you can see how the two holes on the side are placed a lot higher than the holes on the fake Nike Air Force 1 pair.

Most commonly, the fake Nike Air Force 1 sneakers will have their holes placed too close to the midsole, just as the ones on the fake vs real Nike Air Force 1 image above.

The two holes on the side of the authentic Nike Air Force 1 pairs will never be placed as the ones on the counterfeit shoes.

The steps we’ve written so far are the best ways on how to authenticate this item.

The tells listed below this point are still reliable signs of authenticity, but for non-top-versions of replicas available for this item. We recommend sticking to the top tells we’ve explained above this point to make sure you’re not drawing the wrong conclusions.

Step 5: Fake vs real Nike Air Force 1 toe box

For the fifth step of the fake vs real Nike Air Force 1 legit check guide, we will stay still on the side of the sneakers, but this time, looking to the front of the sneakers, we have to check how the toe box looks like.

Basically, what we call “toe box” is the area in which your toes fit inside the sneakers. Most of the time, the fake toe box area on the Air Force 1 sneakers is either too big (over-inflated) or too small.

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How To Spot Fake Air Force 1 – Toe Box

Not only for the Nike Air Force 1 sneakers but for pretty much every fake pair of sneakers, the toe bo is a common flaw.

In the Nike AF1 real vs fake image above, we have pointed out how the counterfeit AF1 pair’s toe box is looking a lot curvier and lifted up, while the authentic Nike sneakers’ toe box is looking lower and less inflated.

To make it clear, almost every time, the fake sneakers’ toe box will look over-inflated, which means that the fake shoes look too arched and curvy on the frontal area, while the authentic Nike AF1 sneakers look less arched and curvy.

Step 6: Analyze the perforations on the toe box area of the Nike AF1

For the sixth step of the guide on how to spot fake Nike AF1 sneakers, you will have to flip your sneakers to the frontal area, but from a top-down view, in order to inspect them in a better way.

Let us give you a visual of this with the real vs fake Nike Air Force 1 image below:

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How To See Fake Nike Air Force 1 – Perforations

As you can see, not only these holes are too big or too small (and in this case, too small) but they sometimes come in different shapes and sizes on the counterfeit Air Force 1 pairs.

Besides, the fake Air Force 1 sneakers’ perforations seem to be in most of the cases not fully perforated, thus revealing lower quality manufacturing equipment.

Step 7: Look at the box label of your Nike AF1

As for the seventh step of the guide on how to spot fake Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, you will have to move from the sneakers to the box, and verify the label glued on the box.

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As you can see in the real vs fake Air Force 1 image above, the counterfeit Air Force 1’s box label has the “AIR FORCE 1 ’07” text looking a lot thicker than the text on the legit label.

We would like to mention that the box label will never have scratches or worn-out issues if it wasn’t damaged already. So, this flaw applies only to the brand new boxes.

Lastly, the colour of the box label will never be a dark-grey as the one on the fake label. The authentic box label has to be coloured as light grey, as the authentic Air Force 1’s box label.

How can I spot fake Nike Air Force 1 in 60 seconds?

There are situations where you may be unable to go through each detailed step explained above when you need to authenticate your Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.

That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your sneakers. Below are the top 7 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake pair of sneakers or original Nike manufactured Air Force 1.

  1. Check the rear details of the Air Force 1. Usually, the fake sneakers have the Swoosh logo looking too long, the “A I R” text too thick and placed too close to the Swoosh, and the stitching all around looking too small and too thin
  2. Verify the size tag on the interior side of the Air Force 1 sneakers. Mostly, fake Air Force 1 pairs will have their text on the size tag looking too thin
  3. Verify the pattern of the two holes on the side of the sneakers. Mostly, fake sneakers will have their holes placed too low, and that makes them too close to the midsole on the fake Air Force 1 sneakers
  4. Analyze the Nike Swoosh logo on the side of the shoes. Most of the time, the replica Nike Air Force 1’s Swoosh logo will look too curvy on the top side of it, and on the rear side, the fake shoes are most likely to be placed too far away from the sockliner
  5. Inspect the toe box of the Air Force 1 sneakers. Usually, the fake Air Force 1 pairs will have their toe box looking too curvy and too lifted up
  6. Check the perforations on the top of the toe box. Most of the time, the holes will look too wide and large on the fake sneakers
  7. Analyze the box label. usually, the fake box labels will have any different colour than the authentic box label’s light-grey. Not only that but on the fake AF1 sneakers’ box label, even the text is t a lot thinner than it has to be

Where can I get my Nike Air Force 1 authenticated? The Nike Air Force 1 authentication service

If you need help with the authentication of your Nike Air Force 1, we’ve got you covered.

All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your Nike Air Force 1 sneakers and we will get back to you with the results within 24 to 48 hours. The results will also come with a report on why we believe your sneakers are fake or authentic.

That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Nike Air Force 1 legit check guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.

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