Air Max 90 Off-White Real Vs Fake (Expert Advice)

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Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by Ch David

Join us and learn how to spot real vs fake Air Max 90 Off-White (OG / “THE TEN”).

In this guide, you’ll find 8 legit check steps with:

  • Real vs fake Off-White Air Max 90 images
  • Explanations in bullet-point lists
  • A 1-minute read version of the guide.
  • The expert Air Max 90 authentication service

Compare your pair against out real vs fake pictures + explanations.

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Let’s stick with the OG “THE TEN” colorway for now.

How to tell if Air Max 90 Off-White are fake

You can tell if Air Max 90 Off-White are fake by checking the medial text — the text on the interior profile side of each shoe.

Fake Off-White Air Max 90s have their text either thicker or just bigger than the authentic. Original pairs are always flawless.

With Nike‘s quality and Virgil Abloh‘s vision, these Air Maxes have to be perfect to be authentic.

1. Medial text

1.1. Left shoe


  1. “Off-White” text is more visible
  2. “TM” text is thinner
  3. “NIKE” text is narrower
  4. “K” is not scratched
  5. “c. 1990” text is thicker
  6. Quotation marks are deformed with both the same size
  7. “USA” text is thicker and less wide


  1. “Off-White” text is less opaque and more scratched
  2. “TM” text is thicker and wider
  3. “NIKE” text is wider with a scratched “K”
  4. “c. 1990” text is thinner and scratched
  5. Quotation marks are less deformed with one bigger than the other
  6. “USA” text is thinner and wider

1.2. Right shoe


  1. “TM” text is bigger
  2. “Off-White” printed text is thicker
  3. Dash (-) character is larger
  4. Black tape on the left side is correctly placed and arched
  5. “c. 1990” text is thicker


  1. “TM” text is smaller
  2. “Off-White” printed text is thinner
  3. Dash (-) character is smaller
  4. Black tape on the left side is incorrectly placed and not as arched
  5. “c. 1990” text is thinner

Finding it too hard? Reach out to our Nike x Off-White experts:

2. Blue panels

The problem with the fake shoes is that they sometimes have their panels saturated too much.

The authentic shoes must look icy blue as well, but sometimes, the fake Air Max 90s have their panels hued and saturated too much, as they look too bright.

Related: We spoke about this issue on the fake Off-White Blazer “THE TEN” as well.

3. Swoosh

  • Authentic: Swoosh is sharp, not curved.
  • Fake: Swoosh looks too curved on both the upper and lower parts.

4. Orange tab

  • Authentic: Orange tab is larger.
  • Fake: Orange tab is smaller.

5. Stitching

  • Authentic: Waffle-type stitching is both black and white.
  • Fake: Missing white waffle-type stitches behind the black stitches.

6. Code stamp

  • Authentic: Larger “R” circle, “9” character placed further from the dash.
  • Fake: Smaller and wider “R” circle, “9” character too close to the dash.

7. Insole

  • Authentic: “THE TEN” text has the correct thickness.
  • Fake: “THE TEN” text is too thin.

8. Size tag

  • Authentic: “SZ” text is thinner, “MADE IN CHINA” text, and the surrounding text is thicker.
  • Fake: “SZ” text is thicker, “MADE IN CHINA” text, and the surrounding text is thinner.

Shortlist: Verify your Air Max 90 Off-White

  1. Medial Text: Fake shoes have scratched and wide medial text.
  2. Toe Box and Midsole: Fake shoes appear icy blue in the toe box, above the Swoosh, and on the midsole, while authentic ones are white.
  3. Swoosh: Fake Swooshes are often curvy and arched.
  4. Orange Tab: Fake orange tabs are small or have curvy corners, not sharp corners.
  5. Stitching Above Swoosh: Authentic pairs have white stitching below black stitching, both in a waffle shape, whereas fakes may miss the white stitching.
  6. Code Stamp on Heel: Fake code stamps may have deformed characters, like a boxy “R.”
  7. “THE TEN” Text on Insole: Fake text is usually too thin.
  8. Size Tag: The “SZ” text at the top right corner is too thick, and other text on fake pairs may be too thin.

Summary: Look for these indicators to distinguish between real and fake Off-White Air Max 90 OG White.

Above are the top 8 indicators to authenticate your shoes in just 60 seconds.

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This concludes our guide on distinguishing real from fake Off-White Air Max 90 OG.

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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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