Off-White Air Max 90 Desert Ore: Real Vs Fake Guide (2024)

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Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by Ch David

Let’s learn how to spot fake Off-White Air Max 90 “Desert Ore”.

We’ll legit check the Desert Ores in 8 simple steps.

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Time to legit check the Desert Ore Air Max 90s!

How to spot fake Off-White Air Max 90 Desert Ore

You can spot fake Air Max 90 Off-White “Desert Ore” by examining the medial text’s thickness and spacing.

Discover the key differences between authentic and fake Off-White Air Max 90s.

1. Medial text

1.1. Left shoe

  • Authentic:
    • Features small and thin “TM” text.
    • Larger quotation marks.
    • Thinner “USA” text on the left shoe.
  • Fake:
    • Has larger “TM” text.
    • Smaller quotation marks.
    • Thicker “USA” text on the left shoe.

1.2. Right shoe

  • Authentic:
    • “Off-White” text is clear and fully visible.
    • “TM” text is appropriately sized.
    • “c. 1980” text is thinner.
    • “USA” text is positioned lower.
  • Fake:
    • “Off-White” text appears scratched or incomplete.
    • “TM” text is too large.
    • “c. 1980” text is thicker (notably on the letter “c”).
    • “USA” text is placed too high.

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2. Size tag

  • Authentic: “SZ” text on the size tag is appropriately spaced from the right edge.
  • Fake: “SZ” text is placed too far from the right edge of the size tag.

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.

3. Swoosh

This is Nike‘s orange logo on the side of the shoes.

  • Authentic: Rear of the Swoosh is sharper and less curved with a thinner top tip.
  • Fake: Rear is overly curved with a thicker top tip.

4. Stitching

Moving a bit above the Swoosh and the blue tab, we’ll have to quickly analyze the stitches on this side.

  • Authentic: Features light grey, thin waffle-type stitching.
  • Fake: Has dark grey, noticeably thick waffle-type stitching.

5. Midsole

  • Authentic: Not specified in the text.
  • Fake: Has smaller and less arched holes in the midsole, noticeable at highlighted areas.

6. Code stamp

On the back of your shoes, you’ll find this texT:

  • HO18-MNSRUN-747
  • Below is the size with a hashtah (“#”) next to it, which differs from one pair to another
    • Example: 9#-12.5#

Let’s check it out:

  • Authentic: Has thinner hashtag (#) element and “747” text.
  • Fake: Features thicker hashtag (#) and “747” text.

7. Insole

  • Authentic: Features centered “THE TEN” text and “X” logo, with appropriate thickness.
  • Fake: Displays misaligned and too thin “THE TEN” text and “X” logo.

8. Blue tab

  • Authentic: The blue tab is shorter in height and wider.
  • Fake: The blue tab is longer and narrower.

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  1. Medial Text: Check for scratches or thickness issues, like “USA,” “TM,” and “c. 1980” text being too thick.
  2. Nike Swoosh Logo: Ensure it’s not too curved on the rear side or overly thick at the top.
  3. Blue Tab: Verify it has sharp corners and the right size, not curvy or too large.
  4. Waffle Stitching: Authentic stitching is light grey, while fakes may be dark grey and too thick.
  5. Midsole Holes: Make sure they’re appropriately sized; fakes may have smaller holes.
  6. Code Stamp: Authentic stamps have proper text thickness; fakes may be too thick.
  7. Insole: Look for centered “THE TEN” and Off-White’s “X” logos; “THE TEN” text should not be too thin.
  8. Size Tag: Check for proper “SZ” text placement; it shouldn’t be too far to the left or from the edge.

Here’s a simplified list for authenticating your Air Max 90.

Use it when on the go or simply when you can’t go through the entire guide.

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That’s the conclusion of our guide on spotting real vs fake Off-White Air Max 90 Desert Ore.

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