Nike SB Dunk Low x Civilist: How To Spot Fakes (2024)

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

Let’s legit check the color-changing Nike SB Civilist Dunks.

Study the 9 authentication steps in this expert-made guide.

No time to waste! Let’s go.

How to spot fake Civilist Dunks

The quickest method to identify fake Civilist Dunks is to examine the size tag inside the shoe.

Fake pairs typically have inscriptions with incorrect font-weight, usually too thin.

1. Size tag

  • Authentic:
    1. Style-code inscription (CZ5123-001) has proper font weight, appearing thicker.
    2. “UPC” text and associated numbers are well-defined, clear, and of consistent font weight.
    3. UPC text and the long line of text starting with “01” are thicker and more well-defined.
    4. “MADE IN VIETNAM” text is thicker and more defined.
    5. Size tag material is high-quality, thicker, and without creases or folds.
  • Fake:
    1. Style-code inscription (CZ5123-001) uses incorrect, thinner font weight.
    2. “UPC” text is thinner and the numbers appear scratched or poorly printed.
    3. Long line of text starting with “01” appears too thin.
    4. “MADE IN VIETNAM” text is thinner and less defined.
    5. Size tag material is inferior, exhibiting zig-zag lines and creases, appearing folded.

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2. Back

  • Authentic:
    1. “Nike” text on the top patch is thinner.
    2. The three lines of stitching on the side are shorter and thicker.
    3. Double-stitching around the side patch is longer and thinner.
  • Fake:
    1. “Nike” text on the top patch is thicker.
    2. Stitching lines in the middle side are too long and thin.
    3. Double-stitching around the side patch is shorter and thicker.

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. Swoosh

  • Authentic:
    • Nike Swoosh logo appears bigger.
    • “Civilist” text on the back tab is smaller, wider, and has proper font-weight.
  • Fake:
    • Logo appears too thin.
    • “Civilist” text on the back tab is improperly font-weighted, appearing too narrow and tall.

4. Tongue

  • Authentic:
    • “SB” text is thicker and well-stitched with no missing threads, appearing defined and high-quality.
    • Stitching at the bottom of the badge is thicker and more visible.
  • Fake:
    • “SB” text appears too thin.
    • Missing threads at the bottom of the letter “S”, looking incomplete and misshaped.
    • Stitching at the bottom of the badge is too thin and less visible.

5. Midsole

  • Authentic: Stitches on the midsole are longer and thinner.
  • Fake: Midsole stitches appear too short and too thick.

6. Toe box

  • Authentic: Toe box appears thick and over-inflated as is characteristic for Civilist SB Dunks.
  • Fake: Toe box is too small and thin.

7. Insole

  • Authentic:
    • “Civilist” text appears thinner.
    • “SB” text is thicker.
  • Fake:
    • “Civilist” text is too thick.
    • “SB” text is too thin.

8. Heat colors

  • Authentic: Heat colors are bright and saturated.
  • Fake: Heat colors appear washed-out and less saturated.

9. Box label

  • Authentic:
    • First line of text on the box label is thinner.
    • Style-code inscription at the bottom of the box label is also thinner.
  • Fake:
    • First line of text on the box label is too thick.
    • Style-code inscription at the bottom is also too thick.

Shortlist: Legit check your Civilist Dunks

Consider these top 8 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake:

  1. Size Tag: Check the size tag inside your shoes. Fake Civilist Dunks often have text on the size tag that looks too thin.
  2. Rear View: Examine the shoes from the rear side. Fake shoes may have the “Nike” text that is excessively thick, and their stitching may be improperly shaped.
  3. Nike Swoosh Logo: Verify the Nike Swoosh logo on the side of your Dunks. Fake pairs may have a logo that appears too small.
  4. Tongue Badge: Inspect the tongue badge. Counterfeit shoes may have the “SB” text that is too thin and improperly shaped, with thin stitching at the bottom of the label.
  5. Midsole Stitching: Check the stitching on the midsole of your shoes. Fake shoes may have stitching that is too small and thick.
  6. Toe Box: Look at the inflation level of the toe box. Fake shoes may have a toe box that looks too slim, thin, and deflated.
  7. Insole: Examine the insole of your shoes. Most fake shoes have text on the insole that looks too thick.
  8. Color: Inspect the color of your shoes. Fake shoes often have colors that look less saturated and washed out.
  9. Box Label: Authenticate the text on the box label of your shoes. Fake pairs may have text that looks too thick.

Expert Nike SB Civilist authentication

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  • Simply provide us with high-quality pictures of your Medicom Dunks.
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  • The assessment will also include a comprehensive report explaining why we believe your sneakers are either fake or authentic.

This concludes our guide on distinguishing between fake and authentic Civilist SB 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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