Nike Air Yeezy 1 Legit Check: How To Spot Fakes

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Last Updated on April 8, 2024 by Ch David

We’re here to teach you how to spot fake Nike Air Yeezy 1s.

  • They’re rare and expensive…
  • So you need to know how to authenticate before buying.

This guide works for all Nike Air Yeezy 1 colorways:

Net Tan, Zen Gray, Blink, Grammy.

Let’s see how to spot fakes of these Nike x Yeezy 1s.

How you can tell if Nike Air Yeezy 1s are fake

You can tell if Nike Air Yeezy 1s are fake by insepcting the Swoosh on the side of the shoes. Fake Nike Yeezys commonly have stitching on the logo with incorrect thickness.

1. Swoosh

The Swoosh is Nike’s logo on the side of the shoes.

  • Authentic:
    • Threads around the logo features longer threads.
    • Stitches are on the surface level, not deeply set into the fabric, appearing thinner.
  • Fake:
    • Threads around the logo uses shorter threads.
    • Stitches are set too deep into the fabric, making them appear thicker.

2. Pull tab

Find it on the back of the shoes.

  • Authentic: The horizontal stitching on the pull tab is thinner.
  • Fake: Stitching the pull tab appears too thick.

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. Toe box

  • Authentic: The toe box is less curvy and sits closer to the ground.
  • Fake: Excessively curvy and arched, rising too much off the ground.

4. Glow (sole)

  • Authentic: The sole has a subtle shine and displays a darker shade.
  • Fake: Shines too brightly, exhibiting a color that is significantly lighter than that of the authentic pair.

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In situations where a quick authentication is necessary for your Nike Air Yeezy 1s…

Here are the top 4 indicators to help you distinguish between genuine and fake Air Yeezy 1 pairs:

  1. Check the Nike Swoosh logo on the side; fake pairs often have thin stitching.
  2. Examine the stitching on the back, paying attention to the thickness on the pull tab.
  3. Verify the toe box; fake Nike Air Yeezy 1 shoes may have an overly curvy toe box.
  4. Inspect the soles and look for the GITD (Glow in the Dark) material; fake shoes often have a too shiny glow.

Expert Nike x Yeezy authentication

If you require assistance in authenticating your Nike Air Yeezy 1s:

  • Simply provide us with high-quality photos of your Nike Air Yeezy 1s.
  • We’ll deliver results within 24 to 48 hours.

With this, we conclude our guide on how to differentiate between real and fake Nike Air Yeezy 1.

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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About the Author

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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