Last Updated on November 10, 2023 by
Explore the 12 ways to spot fake
Off-White Blazer “Grim Reaper” — the ones in black.
By the end of reading this, you’ll be an expert in authenticating Off-White Blazers.
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The “Grim Reaper” is what we’ll focus on for now.
How to spot fake Off-White Blazer Grim Reaper
When authenticating Nike Blazer Off-White (Black), the medial text is your telltale sign. Curious why?
Replicas often falter here, displaying text that’s either too thick or too thin.
1. Medial text
1.1. Left shoe
The “TM” text is thicker.
The quotation marks (“…”) are bigger and thinner.
The “USA” text is placed lower on the Swoosh.
The “c.” text is placed lower and is more visible in the back of the Nike Swoosh logo.
The “TM” text is too thin.
The quotation marks (“…”) are too small and too thick.
The “USA” text is placed too high above the Swoosh.
The “c.” text is placed too high and is less visible in the back of the Nike Swoosh logo.
1.2. Right shoe
The “TM” text is thinner.
The medial text is not overly thick.
The “TM” text is too thick.
The medial text, especially the “NIKE” text, is too thick.
The Swoosh is thicker and sharper at the top tip.
The Swoosh is curvier.
The Swoosh is too thick and less curved at the top tip.
The Swoosh is less curvy overall.
3. Code stamp
The code stamp is placed closer to the leather part.
The code stamp is placed too far away from the leather stitching area.
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.
Let’s look at the
Nike text logo — still on the back of the shoes.
The “NIKE” text is appropriately sized.
The sponge around the patch with the “NIKE” text is a darker grey color.
The “NIKE” text is smaller than it should be.
The sponge around the patch with the “NIKE” text is a lighter grey color.
Authentic: Clearly differentiates from fake Grim Reapers, appearing slimmer and balanced from the rear angle.
Fake: Typically looks wider and bulkier from the rear angle, with variations in high-quality replicas. 6. Toe box
Authentic: Toe box leather stops near the stitching next to the toe box.
Fake: Replicas often have the toe box leather covering the stitching around the toe box. 6.2. Curvature
Authentic: Curved toe box for a balanced look from the front.
Fake: Flat toe box, lacking the authentic curved shape. 7. Stitching
Authentic: Well-defined rear middle stitching, free from distress, and minimal loose threads.
Fake: Often exhibits distressed and less defined rear middle stitching, and may have extra threads. 8. Colors
Authentic: Transparent parts are darker and more subtle.
Fake: Transparent parts often appear too bright, closer to white. 9. Size tag
“QB” text is placed more to the left.
“MADE IN CHINA” text is thicker.
“QB” text is placed too close to the right edge.
“MADE IN CHINA” text is thinner.
“THE TEN” text is not too wide or thin.
Text size is appropriate.
“THE TEN” text is wider and thinner.
Text size is too big.
The “NIKE” stitching is clean with no extra threads.
Swoosh logo is properly arched.
“NIKE” stitching has extra threads, making it look sharp.
Swoosh logo is less arched, appearing in a different shape.
12. Orange tab
Authentic: Tab dimensions are correct.
Fake: Tab dimensions are often too small in height and width.
Shortlist: Verify your Off-White Blazers
Medial Text: Check for discrepancies in the thickness of the “TM” and “USA” texts.
Nike Swoosh: Fakes often present a less-curved Swoosh with a thicker top tip.
Rear Heel Code: Counterfeit stamps are typically positioned too distantly from the leather above.
Rear “NIKE” Text: Replicas usually display this text notably smaller than genuine versions.
Shoe Shape: Counterfeit shoes often appear bulkier and wider from the rear view.
Toe Box: On fakes, toe box leather tends to overlap the stitching, and the toe boxes themselves can be flatter rather than curved.
Middle Stitching: On the rear, fakes may have irregular, distressed stitching with possible extra threads.
Panel Colors: Though lighting can influence perception, counterfeit shoes might be overly pale, with side panels appearing white rather than dark grey.
Size Tag Check: Look for misplaced “QB” text and a too-thin “MADE IN CHINA” inscription.
Insole: Replica “THE TEN” text often appears overly wide and enlarged.
Tongue Tag: The counterfeit “NIKE” text might be sharper, with a less-curvy, misshaped Nike Swoosh.
Orange Tab: Ensure it’s neither excessively long nor short.
For a swifter verification, we’ve distilled it down to a 60-second guide.
Above are the top 9 telltale signs to legit check these Off-Whites.
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