Air Max 1 Sketch To Shelf: Real Vs Fake Guide

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

This post is dedicated to the Nike x Tinker Air Max 1 “Sketch To Shelf”.

Use this guide to legit check all 3 colorways.

Let’s teach you how to spot fakes.

Even the highest quality replicas.

How to spot fake Air Max 1 Sketch To Shelf

To quickly spot fake Air Max 1 Sketch To Shelf, focus on the rear details and the dots on the midsole.

Most fake shoes have inconsistencies in the font-weight for their text.

1. Back

  • Left shoe: Nike logo.
  • Right shoe: Tinker logo.
  • Authentic: Correct and consistent font-weight.
  • Fake: Improper font-weight, either too bold or too thin.

Let’s look closer:

  • Authentic: Signature and text maintain appropriate thickness.
  • Fake: Both appear thicker than they should be.

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2. Midsole

  • Authentic: Dots are thinner and not perfectly circular.
  • Fake: Dots appear too thick and some are misshaped, looking like perfectly rounded circles.

3. Text

  • Authentic: Side text appears thicker.
  • Fake: Side text is too thin.

4. Suede

  • Authentic: Suede is strong and visibly “distressed”.
  • Fake: Suede is less robust with the “distressed” effect often missing or not accurately replicated.

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. Interior

Over here, you’ll find this text:




That’s what we need to check

  • Authentic: Text appears thinner and in line with original design specifications.
  • Fake: Text is too thick.

6. Shape

  • Authentic: The rear patch is less wide with smoother, less curvy edges.
  • Fake: The rear patch is too wide, resulting in edges that appear more curvy and bumpy.


Here are the top 6 indicators to look for:

  1. Check the inscriptions on the back of the shoes for proper font-weight and consistency.
  2. Examine the dots on the midsole; fake sneakers often have thicker and perfectly rounded dots.
  3. Inspect the text on the side of the shoes, ensuring it’s not too thin.
  4. Evaluate the quality of the suede material on the side; fake shoes may have less visible suede.
  5. Examine the text on the interior side of the shoes for proper thickness.
  6. Authenticate the shape of the shoes from the back, paying attention to the width and curvature of the patch.

Professional authentication

If you need assistance with the authentication of your Tinker Air Max 1 Sketch To Shelf…

You can rely on our expertise:

  • Simply provide us with high-quality pictures of your sneakers.
  • We will thoroughly analyze them.
  • You will receive the results of our authentication process within 24 to 48 hours…
  • Along with a detailed report explaining why we believe your sneakers are either fake or authentic.

That concludes our guide on how to distinguish between real and fake Tinker Air Max 1 Sketch To Shelf.

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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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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