Skepta 97s: Real VS Fake Skepta x Nike Air Max 97

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Last Updated on January 9, 2024 by Ch David

This legit check guide is dedicated to the Nike x Skepta Air Max 97 Ultra.

No time to fool around.

Let’s go.

How to spot fake Skepta Air Max 97

To spot fake Skepta Air Max 97, first check the size tag inside both the left and right shoes.

Authentic pairs consistently feature well-detailed and correctly font-weighted inscriptions.

1. Size tag


  1. “VT” inscription is thicker.
  2. “UK” size text is thinner.
  3. “AJ1988-900” style-code inscription in the middle is thicker and larger.
  4. “MADE IN VIETNAM” and “FABRIQUE EN VIETNAM” lines of text are thinner.
  5. The text indicating the manufacturing date is thinner.


  1. “VT” inscription is too thin, while it’s thicker on the genuine pair.
  2. “UK” size text appears too thick; it’s thinner on the authentic Skepta Air Max 97s.
  3. “AJ1988-900” style-code inscription in the middle is too thin and small; it’s thicker and bigger on the genuine pair.
  4. “MADE IN VIETNAM” and “FABRIQUE EN VIETNAM” lines of text are too

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2. Swoosh

This is the Nike logo on the side.


  1. Nike Swoosh logo is smaller and shorter.
  2. Green patch is smaller, covering less of the shoes.
  3. Stitching around the exterior side of the green patch is less curvy and placed close to the patch without gaps.


  1. Nike Swoosh logo is too big and looks too long.
  2. Green patch is too big, covering more of the shoes.
  3. Stitching around the exterior side of the green patch is too curvy and placed too far away from the green side, creating a noticeable gap.

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. Lining

Take a look at the shoes from a top-down angle.


  • Lining follows a curvier and more consistent pattern.
  • Leather quality is chunkier and thicker, giving a genuine look.


  • Lining appears too little curvy and crooked, with inconsistent patterns.
  • The leather on top of the lines doesn’t look as real and is thinner in quality.

4. Toe box


  • Toe box is thinner and flatter.
  • Less bulkiness and shorter in height.


  • Toe box is too bulky and high, appearing taller and less streamlined.

5. Pull tab


  • Pull tab is fully detailed with consistent stitching, with no missing threads.


  • Pull tab is improperly stitched, with lots of white spots inside that should be black, indicating inconsistent and missing stitches.

6. Sole

Find this on bubble, visible on the sole of your Air Max 97s.

  • Authentic: Nike Swoosh logo is thicker and almost touches the edges of the patch.
  • Fake: Nike Swoosh is too thick and the logo is smaller, not reaching the edges of the air bubble.

Shortlist: A much simple guide

In summary, here are the top 6 indicators to quickly authenticate your Skepta Nike Air Max 97:

  1. Check the size tag inside your shoes, looking for proper font-weighting.
  2. Inspect the Nike Swoosh logo on the side of the shoes for correct sizing and stitching placement.
  3. Verify the lines on the toe box from a top-down view, ensuring they are appropriately curved and not too thin.
  4. Examine the inflation level of the toe box; fake pairs may have a taller toe box due to over-inflation.
  5. Look at the pull tab’s stitching, ensuring it is fully stitched with black threads.
  6. Check the Swoosh on the sole for correct thickness and sizing.

These quick checks can help you determine the authenticity of your Skepta Nike Air Max 97 sneakers.

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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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