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If that’s true, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re now going to show you the quickest & most reliable ways to tell fake Panda Dunks.
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The best way to identify authentic Panda Dunks is to look at the size tag. Fake pairs always have their text too thick or very thin, and the real pairs are always consistent and present the same font weight for their text.
Keep in mind, this is just a quick way to answer your question. For the full tutorial, we suggest continuing to read this post.
The first and also the best way to spot fake Black/White Dunks is to check the size tag inside the shoes.
It’s best that you look at the size tags inside both of the shoes rather than just inside the left or the right pair.
In this image with the fake vs real Panda Dunks, you can see one huge flaw that’s visible all over the size tag. Though, we’ve just pointed it out in one place.
That is the “MADE IN …” text. You can notice how the fake pair’s text is too thin and also a bit too big, while the authentic pair has its text thicker and smaller.
The same goes for all of the other inscriptions. It may be easier to notice it on the “DD1391-100” text, which is the style code of the Panda Dunks.
The authentic Nike Black & White (Panda) Dunks are mostly manufactured in China, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Remember, if a shoe is manufactured in China, it doesn’t instantly mean that it is a fake.
In fact, most of the authentic Nike sneakers are mainly constructed in China as well.
The second best way to tell real Panda Dunks apart from fakes is to look at the interior tongue label.
If you do so, you will notice huge differences between the fake vs real Panda Dunks.
This image with the fake vs real Panda Dunk Low pairs above shows you how the fake pair mainly has its text smaller and thicker than the real pair’s text.
You can easily notice this if you look at the “SWOOSH” text on the first line, at the top of the label.
Then, you can also see an issue with the registered trademark (“®”) symbol on the fake pair, as it is too close to the “SWOOSH” text. The authentic pair has more distance between the two.
Lastly, if you look at the “NIKE.LE” text, you can observe how the fake pair’s “NIKE” text is too small and how the “.LE” part is bigger.
Authentic Panda Dunks must have their text at the same size — you can see this on the authentic pair above.
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Flip your Panda Dunks to the back and have a look at the three lines of stitching on the white patch.
Checking the back of your shoes is yet another one of the best ways to spot real Panda Dunks. Now, let’s have a look at the comparison image.
This picture with the fake vs real Panda Dunks shows you ho the fake pair’s stitching is different from the real ones.
In fact, all three lines of white stitching in the middle of the fake pair are too thin and too long, while the real pair’s stitches are the opposite.
Looking at the image with the real shoes above, you can note how the real pair must have pretty thick and small threads.
The steps we’ve written so far are the best ways to authenticate this item.
The next few steps are still reliable signs of authenticity but are for non-top-versions of replicas available for this item. We recommend sticking to the steps we’ve explained above to make sure you’re not drawing the wrong conclusions.
Let’s go to the fourth way on how to spot real Panda Dunks and let’s talk about the holes in the toe box of these shoes.
As always, we’ll first look at the fake vs original Panda Dunk comparison image.
This picture shows you how the fake Panda Dunk pair has smaller holes than the real pair’s holes.
The authentic pair is supposed to have bigger, wider holes than the ones in the fake example above. Makes sure to compare your shoes to the image above.
Going back inside the shoes, the fifth way on how to tell real Panda Dunks will have us looking at the print on the insole.
Just like most other Dunks, the Pandas have the classic Nike text logo and the Swoosh symbol on the insole.
The issue with the fake pair’s insole is related to both of the registered trademark (“®”) symbols.
In fact, the fake pair’s “®” symbols are too thin, and they’re also placed a bit too far away from the “NIKE” text than the real pair’s symbols.
At the same time, you can see how the authentic pair’s letter “R” touches the edges of the circle, while the fake pair’s letter does not.
The Swoosh on the side of the Panda Dunks is pretty much the most noticeable part of the shoes, and aside from the silhouette, the Swoosh is also the only factor that makes these true Nikes.
This image shows you how the fake pair’s Swoosh has fewer stitches than the authentic pair, and those stitches on the fake pair are too thin and long.
Real Panda Dunks must have really dense stitches, and they’re also supposed to be pretty thick and small.
Next, we have to inspect the shoes from the profile side and have a look at the toe box’s inflation level.
Use this image with the fake vs real Panda Dunks to see what the authentic pair must look like — it is supposed to have a pretty deflated look.
On the other hand, the fake sneakers have their toe box inflated too much, and it is higher than the authentic pair’s toe box.
The eighth and last step of the guide on how to spot fake vs real Panda Dunks sends us to the top of the shoes, where we need to check the tongue’s badge.
This time, we need to look a t the exterior side of the tongue.
You can observe in this picture above how the fake pair’s “®” symbol on the lower part of the tongue is too thick, and how it is also too boxy.
The real pair’s “®” symbol is a bit thinner and bigger than the counterfeit pair’s.
Yes, they are essentially the same shoe. Nike has officially named the shoes “Black White”, and the community gave them the nickname “Panda Dunks” — simply because the shoes have the colours of a panda bear.
So then, don’t worry, Panda Dunks & black and white Dunks are the same.
The 8 detailed steps outlined above might not be so practical when you are in a hurry or when you want to buy sneakers online.
That is why we have compiled this quick 30 seconds solution to authenticating your sneakers. Below are the top 8 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake or real Nike Dunk Low Panda pair.
If you need help with the authentication of your Nike Dunk Low we’ve got you covered.
All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your Nike Dunk Low sneakers and we will get back to you with the results within 24 to 48 hours. The results will also come with a report on why we believe your sneakers are fake or authentic.
That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Nike Dunk Low legit check guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.
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