You can spot fake Off-White Air Force 1 MCA by checking the medial text. Fake pairs usually have thicker inscriptions that are not placed in a straight line.
Let’s check it out!
1. Medial text
1.1. Left shoe
The “TM”, “Beaverton”, and “NIKE” prints are too thick on the fake Off-White Air Force 1s.
Generally, the authentic pair has thinner inscriptions.
1.2. Right shoe
The “USA” text is too thick on the fake Off-White Air Force 1s.
The “S” is too close to the “A” in the word “USA” on the fake pair.
The top of the fake Swoosh is too curvy and thick on the fake Air Force 1s.
The authentic Swoosh is sharper and thinner.
The fake stitching is too short on the fake pair.
The threads themselves are too thick on the fake Off-White Air Force 1s.
The “AIR” text is placed too high.
The legit pair has its “AIR” text lower than the fake.
The stitches on the side of the vertical tab are too long on the fake Off-White Air Force 1 MCA.
The threads in the middle that go to the profile sides of the shoes are too thin and small on the fake.
The fake “A I R” text isn’t visible enough on the fake pair.
The letter “R” is almost invisible on the fake shoes.
The white sponge at the top is too long, while the real one is shorter and more subtle.
A quick mention:
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The “X” logo is too thick at its edges.
The top of the Swoosh logo is too close to the “N” in “NIKE”.
The fake Swoosh seems too angled and arched at the top tip of it.
6. Orange tab
The orange tab is too big in width and height.
The authentic tab is shorter.
7. Size tag
The “MADE IN VIETNAM” text is too thick.
The style-code, CI1173-400, is also too thick on the replica Air Force 1s.
The “OFF” text is too thick, while the legit text is thinner.
There is too much space between the Swoosh and the letter “A” in the word “AIR”.
Shortlist: Legit check your Air Force 1 MCA in 30 seconds
Medial Text Inspection: Pay close attention to the medial text on your OW AF1 MCA. Counterfeit pairs typically exhibit text that appears too thick on both shoes.
Swoosh Examination: Check the Swoosh on your OW AF1 MCA. Often, fake MCA sneakers have a Swoosh tip that’s both too thick and less pointed. Additionally, its positioning is usually too high, making it too distant from the holes beneath.
“AIR” Text Verification: Genuine Off-White Air Force 1 MCA sneakers tend to have the “AIR” text positioned higher than on counterfeit pairs. Conversely, fake MCAs often position this text too low.
Rear Heel Side Inspection: On the back heel of the fake MCAs, the stitches on the horizontal tab are usually elongated, and the “AIR” text may appear almost faded on some letters.
Insole Analysis: Examine the insoles of your shoes. Counterfeit versions typically have an “X” logo that appears too thick with rounded edges, and the Swoosh tip might be uncomfortably close to the “N” in “NIKE”.
Orange Tab Verification: Check the orange tab on your OW Air Force 1 MCA. Fake versions of this tab are often oversized in both width and height.
Size Tag Inspection: Counterfeit pairs usually display the “MADE IN VIETNAM” text, as well as adjacent text, in a font that’s too thick, while authentic pairs use a thinner font.
Tongue Tag Examination: Focus on the tongue tag of your sneakers. Replica pairs often have the “OFF” text appearing too thick and there’s excessive space between the letter “A” and the Nike Swoosh logo.
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This ends our guide on distinguishing between genuine and counterfeit Off-White Air Force 1 MCA.
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