Off-White VaporMax Real Vs Fake: “THE TEN” (Guide)

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Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by Ch David

Own a pair of Off-White VaporMax “OG” 2017?

In this guide, you will learn how to spot fakes.

Together, we’ll look at 7 ways to legit check these.

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Let’s go to the “THE TEN” colorway.

How to tell if Nike Vapormax Off-White are fake

To tell if Nike VaporMax Off-White are afke, check the medial text’s inscription on each shoe.

Replica manufacturers often struggle to accurately replicate this aspect, leading to inconsistencies.

1. Medial text

1.1. Left

  • Authentic:
    1. Visible “TM” text.
    2. “Beaverton, Oregon USA” text is bold and thick.
    3. “c. 2017” text is thicker, with proper spacing between “c” and “.”. The “c” is in lowercase.
  • Fake:
    1. “TM” text is invisible.
    2. Thin “Beaverton, Oregon USA” text.
    3. “c. 2017” text is too thin with possible spacing issues. May incorrectly use uppercase “C”.

1.2. Right

  • Authentic:
    1. “TM” text is clearly visible and opaque.
    2. The letter “B” in “Beaverton” is smaller and more opaque.
    3. “c. 2017” text is smaller and more visible.
  • Fake:
    1. “TM” text is present but faint, appearing as if it might vanish.
    2. Oversized and faint letter “B” in “Beaverton”.
    3. “c. 2017” text is too wide and less visible.

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

2. Swoosh

We’re referring to Nike‘s logo on the side of the shoes.

2.1. Stitching

  • Authentic:
    • The rear side of the Swoosh has clean stitching without extra threads.
  • Fake:
    • Flawed stitching at the rear side of the Swoosh with extra threads hanging.

2.2. Placement

  • Authentic:
    • The Swoosh is slimmer, thinner, and has straight, sharp edges.
  • Fake:
    • The Swoosh is too thick, chunky, and appears somewhat curved in the middle.

Shop authentic Off-White shoes at GOAT and Flight Club.

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. “AIR”

  • Authentic:
    • “AIR” text is placed closer to the midsole and is more opaque and visible.
  • Fake:
    • “AIR” text is positioned higher from the midsole and appears less opaque.

4. Laces

  • Authentic:
    • Laces are inserted into the lace holes correctly without looping, presenting a neat appearance.
  • Fake:
    • Laces appear looped and incorrectly placed in the lace holes, resulting in a disorderly look.

Note: This indicator may not be reliable if the shoes have been relaced carelessly.

5. Sole

We’ll talk about the opacity of the sole.

  • Authentic: The sole is solid black in color.
  • Fake: The sole is incorrectly tinted with a purple transparent hue, making it too opaque.

6. Orange tab

  • Authentic: The orange tab has straight, sharp corners and is longer in height.
  • Fake: The orange tab has rounded corners and is shorter in height.

7. Size tag

  • Authentic:
    • Size tag text is appropriately thick.
  • Fake:
    • The text on the inside size tag, particularly “MADE IN CHINA” and “FABRIQUE EN CHINE”, may appear either too thick or too thin.
    • In the provided example, the fake text is too thin.

Shortlist: Verify your VaporMax Off-White

These are the key indicators to pay attention to when authenticating Off-White VaporMax:

  1. Medial Text: Examine the medial text, which is often a giveaway on fake pairs. The fake text might be too thick, and the quotation marks could be oversized and improperly shaped. Also, check if the comma character is round instead of square.
  2. Nike Swoosh Logo: Analyze the Nike Swoosh logo and its stitching. Legit sneakers have stitching that goes around the Swoosh. Fakes may not have this accurate stitching.
  3. Side “AIR” Text: Ensure that the “AIR” text on the side is correctly positioned, neither too low nor too high.
  4. Laces: Look at the laces closely. Fake shoes may have laces that are looped and switch sides hole after hole, unlike authentic pairs.
  5. Sole Opacity: Verify the opacity of the sole. Legit sneakers have a solid black sole, while fake OW Vapormax OG pairs often have a transparent sole.
  6. Orange Tab: Examine the orange tab carefully. Fake tabs may be too long or too short in width, height, or both, and sometimes have round corners, which authentic pairs don’t have.
  7. Size Tag: Inspect the size tag to ensure there isn’t too much distance between the text, and analyze the thickness of the text to ensure it’s not too thin or too thick.

By focusing on these details, you can better authenticate Off-White Nike Vapormax and spot any inconsistencies that might indicate a fake pair.

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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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