2020 Medicom Dunks: How To Spot Fakes (Expert Guide)

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

In this article, we’ll take care of the real vs fake Medicom Dunks.

More specifically, the Nike SB Dunk Low Medicom Toy.

Let’s check it out!

How to spot fake Medicom Dunks

The #1 way to spot fake Medicom Toy Dunks is by examining the size tag inside both the left and right shoes.

Fake Dunks often feature inscriptions that appear excessively thin.

1. Size tag

1. Product ID Code Print (Top-right corner):

  • Authentic: “CZ5127-001” print is thicker and more defined.
  • Fake: The print appears too thin.

2. Date of Manufacturing Print:

  • Authentic: Text is thicker and defined.
  • Fake: The text looks too thin.

3. “UPC” Number Text:

  • Authentic: Text line is thicker.
  • Fake: Appears noticeably thin.

4. “EUR” Print (Left Side of the Size Tag):

  • Authentic: Displayed in a thicker font.
  • Fake: Text comes across as too thin.

5. Country of Manufacturing

  • Authentic: The text is both thicker and proportional in size.
  • Fake: Font is too thin and too small.

Here’s what the other authentic size tag looks like:

This is also known as the older Nike size tag style.

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2. Back

1. Three Lines of Stitching:

  • Authentic: The stitches are visibly moderate and not sunk into the material.
  • Fake: Stitches appear too thick and are less visible as they are embedded too deep into the shoes.

2. Double-Stitching Around the Patch:

  • Authentic: Stitching is properly shaped, appearing longer and thinner.
  • Fake: Stitches are noticeable but appear too short in length and too thick, revealing a mismatch in the craft compared to genuine pairs.

3. Tongue

1. Bottom Badge Stitching:

  • Authentic: Features thicker stitches that are straight and parallel to the badge’s edge.
  • Fake: Stitches are too thin and overly angled, not maintaining parallel alignment with the badge edge.

2. “TM” Text Details:

  • Authentic: The “TM” text is larger, wider, thinner, and clearer to read.
  • Fake: Text is smaller, boxier, and thicker, making it less legible.

3. BE@RBRICK “@” Logo:

  • Authentic: Badge is proportionally shorter in height and wider in width, with a well-sized “@” logo.
  • Fake: Presents a longer and narrower badge, which even if the “@” logo isn’t smaller, it appears to be due to flawed badge proportions.

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. Side logo

  • Authentic:
    • @ Symbol Shape: Smooth, curvy, and well-defined.
    • Thickness: The “@” character is notably thicker.
    • Size & Proportions: The BE@RBRICK logo and “@” symbol appear wider and proportionally bigger.
  • Fake:
    • @ Symbol Shape: Shows a crooked bottom left side and overall less curvy design.
    • Thickness: Features a noticeably thinner “@” character.
    • Size & Proportions: Exhibits a boxier, narrower “@” symbol and smaller logo.

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.

5. Swoosh

  • Authentic:
    • Nike Swoosh Curvature: The Nike Swoosh logo exhibits a pronounced and attractive curve.
    • Size: The Nike Swoosh logo is appropriately sized, complementing the shoe’s design.
  • Fake:
    • Nike Swoosh Curvature: The Nike Swoosh logo lacks the expected curvature, appearing less aesthetically pleasing.
    • Size: The Nike Swoosh logo is slightly smaller, not matching the genuine shoe’s proportions.

6. Toe box

  • Authentic:
    • Toe Box Thickness: The authentic BE@RBRICK SB Dunk Lows feature a thicker and more inflated toe box.
    • Toe Box Curvature: The toe box on the authentic pair is noticeably curvier.
  • Fake:
    • Toe Box Thickness: The fake pair exhibits a thinner and deflated-looking toe box.
    • Toe Box Curvature: The toe box on the fake pair lacks the expected curvature, appearing less rounded compared to the genuine pair.

7. Insole

  • Authentic:
    • Insole Print Opacity: The insole print maintains its clarity and vibrancy even on new pairs.
    • Text Inscription: The text below the “BE@BRICK” on the authentic shoes is thicker and larger in size.
  • Fake:
    • Insole Print Opacity: The print on the insole appears too faint, almost washed-out and worn, despite being unused.
    • Text Inscription: The text below the “BE@BRICK” on the fake shoes is too thin and small.

8. Materials

  • Authentic:
    • Leather Material: The genuine Medicom Toy Dunks have leather material that protrudes more noticeably from the shoes, giving it a realistic appearance.
  • Fake:
    • Leather Material: The fake shoes lack the same level of protrusion of the leather material, making it appear less authentic and genuine.

Authenticity checklist

  1. Size Tag: Check the size tag inside the shoes; fake Bearbrick Dunks often have thinner text.
  2. Rear Stitching: Inspect the rear stitching of the shoes, as fakes may have improperly shaped and thick stitching.
  3. Tongue Badge: Examine the tongue badge, as fake pairs tend to have longer badges with thin stitching and small, boxy “TM” text.
  4. @ Logo: Check the “@” logo on the side; replicas often have thin, small, and improperly shaped “@” symbols.
  5. Nike Swoosh: Inspect the Nike Swoosh logo on the side, as fake pairs may have logos that are too small and lack proper curvature.
  6. Toe Box: Examine the toe box for deflated or thin appearance; fake pairs typically have improperly shaped toe boxes.
  7. Insoles: Authenticate the insoles, as fake pairs often have washed-out prints that are too opaque.
  8. Materials: Look at the materials used; fake Bearbrick SB Dunk Low pairs may have materials that extend too far out of the shoes.

These indicators can help you quickly determine the authenticity of your Dunks.

Expert’s opinion

If you need assistance authenticating your Medicom Toy Dunks:

  • Simply send us high-quality pictures of your Medicom Dunks.
  • We’ll provide you with results within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Our results will also include a report explaining why we believe your sneakers are either authentic or fake.

That concludes our guide on spotting fakes Medicom Dunks.

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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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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