CPFM VaporMax: How To Spot Real Vs Fake (Legit Check)

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Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by Ch David

Fan of the Nike VaporMax Cactus Plant Flea Market?

This guide will teach you how to legit check these shoes.

Let’s get going!

How to spot fake VaporMax CPFM

To spot fake CPFM VaporMax, start with the medial text: the “JUST DO IT” inscription.

Fakes never have that text at the right font-weight.

1. Medial text

Let’s take each shoe one by one.

1.1. Right

  • Authentic:
    • Letter “D”: Less thick, larger, and placed further from the sockliner.
  • Fake:
    • Letter “D”: Too thick, smaller, and placed too close to the sockliner.

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1.2. Left

  • Authentic:
    • Letter “U”: Less curvy and round.
    • Letter “T”: Horizontal stick has a slight curve on the top left corner.
  • Fake:
    • Letter “U”: Too arched on the interior, appearing excessively curvy.
    • Letter “T”: Horizontal stick is too curvy on the bottom right corner and less curvy on the top left corner.

2. Tongue

  • Authentic:
    • Swoosh: Right edge is significantly arched.
    • “nike” text: Dot over the “i” is larger and precisely positioned above the stick of the letter.
  • Fake:
    • Swoosh: Right edge is not as arched as on the authentic pair.
    • “nike” text: Dot over the “i” is too small and misplaced, drifting too close to the letter “k”.

3. Swoosh

By “Swoosh”, we’re referring to the Nike green logo.

  • Authentic:
    • Swoosh Color: Presents a light/bright green shade.
    • Scotch Appearance: Displays natural-looking wrinkles.
  • Fake:
    • Swoosh Color: Exhibits a darker green shade.
    • Scotch Appearance: Looks too “perfect” with wrinkles appearing hand-made and unnatural.

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.

4. Midsole

  • Authentic:
    • Midsole Bubbles: Appear filled and less opaque, providing limited visibility through them.
  • Fake:
    • Midsole Bubbles: Highly transparent, allowing clear visibility through the sole.

5. Sockliner

5.1. Stitching

  • Authentic:
    • Sockliner Stitching: Displays a higher density of stitches, making them less noticeable at first glance.
  • Fake:
    • Sockliner Stitching: Has more visible and obvious stitching with fewer stitches overall, indicating lower quality.

5.2. Color

  • Authentic:
    • Sockliner Color: Appears more as a grey or translucent black, not entirely opaque.
  • Fake:
    • Sockliner Color: Displays a pure, opaque black, diverging from the authentic’s dark grey/translucent black appearance.

6. Shape

  • Authentic:
    • Heel Shape: More straight, not overly curved.
    • Toe Box: Appears flatter and less curvy, without excessive creases.
  • Fake:
    • Heel Shape: Noticeably bumpy and excessively curved.
    • Toe Box: Presents as too creased, bulky, and curvy.

7. Toe box

  • Authentic:
    • Toe Box: Displays creased and wrinkled appearance on the black scotch middle line.
  • Fake:
    • Toe Box: Stitches appear flat without the authentic bumpy and creased texture.

8. Laces

  • Authentic:
    • Laces: Thicker due to more material used for stitching.
  • Fake:
    • Laces: Noticeably thinner, with less material used in their construction.

9. Back

Here you’ll find the CPFM Smiley Face logo.

  • Authentic:
    • Smiley Face Logo: Displays a darker color.
  • Fake:
    • Smiley Face Logo: Appears too bright, leaning towards an orange hue.


On the midsole, you’ll find the classic Air VaporMax logo.

  • Authentic:
    • “VAPORMAX” Text: Properly sized; notably, the letter “R” appears wider.
  • Fake:
    • “VAPORMAX” Text: Too small; the letter “R” is noticeably narrower than on the authentic pair.

11. Insole

11.1. Left

  • Authentic:
    • Insole Lettering: The bottom part of the letter “L” aligns where the orange and white circles unite.
  • Fake:
    • Insole Lettering: The letter “L” is positioned lower than it should be, stretching out too long and placed below the orange area.

11.2. Right

  • Authentic:
    • Insole Lettering: The legs of the letter “R” are straight and properly aligned.
  • Fake:
    • Insole Lettering: The legs of the letter “R” are not straight; they are angled to the left and right, lacking proper alignment.

12. Size tag

  • Authentic:
    • Size Tag Text Placement: Text is well-centered with adequate spacing from the right edge of the tag.
    • Text Thickness: The “MADE IN CHINA” text and surrounding text have a thicker appearance.
  • Fake:
    • Size Tag Text Placement: Text is improperly aligned, placed too close to the right edge of the tag.
    • Text Thickness: The “MADE IN CHINA” text and surrounding text appear too thin.

13. Box

13.1. Side text

  • Authentic:
    • Nike Swoosh Logo: Less curvy and arched in the pointed-out area.
    • Text Attributes: The letter “h” in “sunshine” is properly sized and the text appears straight.
  • Fake:
    • Nike Swoosh Logo: Too arched and curvy in the pointed-out area.
    • Text Attributes: The letter “h” in “sunshine” is too small, and the text appears excessively italicized.

13.2. Glued label

  • Authentic:
    • The box label includes both “WMNS” and “MENS” tags.
  • Fake:
    • The box label is missing the “WMNS” and “MENS” tags.

14. Packaging

This is about the “JUST DO IT.” Paper inside the box.

  • Authentic:
    • The box label has a creamy-white background color, and the smiley faces appear darker.
  • Fake:
    • The box label’s color is overly concentrated, with the smiley faces looking too shiny, and the background appearing too brown.

Authentication checklist

By paying attention to these details, you can determine whether you have a genuine pair of CPFM Vapormax sneakers or if they are counterfeit.

As outlined in the 14-step guide:

  1. Check the medial text on both shoes.
  2. Inspect the tongue tag for differences in the Swoosh logo.
  3. Verify the color of the Swoosh.
  4. Examine the opacity of the midsole.
  5. Analyze the stitching on the sockliner.
  6. Inspect the overall shape of the sneakers.
  7. Check the stitching on the toe box.
  8. Verify the thickness of the laces.
  9. Examine the smiley face on the rear heel.
  10. Look at the “VAPORMAX” rear midsole text.
  11. Authenticate the insoles.
  12. Inspect the size tag.
  13. Analyze the box side text and the Swoosh on the box.
  14. Check the packaging plastic paper.

Expert CPFM VaporMax authentication

If you have any concerns about the authenticity of your CPFM VaporMax:

  • Simply provide us with high-quality images of your shoes.
  • We will carefully examine them to determine whether they are genuine or fake.
  • Expect to receive the results along with a detailed report within 24 to 48 hours.

That concludes our guide on how to distinguish between real and fake Cactus Plant Flea Market Vapormax.

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