Nike Air Force 1 Supreme x CDG: How To Spot Fakes

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

This guide will take you through a triple Air Force 1 collaboration, with:

  • Nike
  • Supreme
  • Comme Des Garçons (CDG)

7 steps, simple legit check process. Let’s go!

How to spot fake AF1 x Supreme x CDG

The fastest method to spot fake Supreme CDG Air Force 1 is by examining the printings on the rear side of the shoes.

Very often, fake Nike x Supreme Air Forces make errors in the details on the rear side.

1. Back

  1. “NIKE” Text:
    • Authentic: The letter “E” maintains standard thickness and shape.
    • Fake: The letter “E” appears too thick and boxy.
  2. “AIR” Text:
    • Authentic: Letters are uniformly thick and utilize the correct font.
    • Fake: Letter “A” is too thin and the font, especially for “R”, deviates from the original.
  3. “COMME” Text:
    • Authentic: Text is crisp, with an appropriate thickness.
    • Fake: Text is noticeably thicker than on the legitimate pair.
  4. “des” Text:
    • Authentic: Maintains a standard thickness in print.
    • Fake: The print is too thick compared to the authentic text.
  5. Midsole Stitching:
    • Authentic: Stitching is proportional and tightly aligned.
    • Fake: Features thinner and longer stitches, indicating lower quality.

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2. Stitching

On the side, you’ll find a split Swoosh.

That’s the stitching we care about right now.

Just like on the Supreme x CDG Split Box Logo Tee!


  • Stitching maintains a clean, precise path and does not overlap onto the Swoosh.


  • The stitching appears noticeably perforated at the Swoosh logo’s “gap.”
  • The stitching extends, overlapping onto the white Swoosh logo.

3. Swoosh


  • The Swoosh logo adheres to a sleek and proportionate design, ensuring it doesn’t appear too thick or excessively curvy.
  • The upper part of the Swoosh maintains a slender and slightly curved appearance.


  • The Swoosh logo appears noticeably curvy, bulky, and thick, deviating from the authentic design.
  • The top portion of the Swoosh reveals a less curvy and relatively thin shape compared to its authentic counterpart.

4. Toe box


  • The toe box is sleek and not overly thick.
  • Stitching from the toe box to the side is straight and proportional.


  • The toe box appears over-inflated and excessively thick.
  • Stitching is noticeably curvier and smaller compared to authentic pairs.

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. Lace plates


  • The “AF-1” text is appropriately deep and not overly sharp.
  • The “Supreme” text is thicker, placed properly, and straight.


  • The “AF-1” text appears too sharp and lacks the depth found on authentic pairs.
  • The “Supreme” text is too thin, sharp,

6. Insole


  • The “AIR FORCE 1” text is proportionally balanced and not overly thick on any letter.
  • “COMME” text is thinner and executed with a clean, consistent font.
  • “SUPREME” text adheres to a specific and consistent font, notably in characters like “R.”


  • The letter “A” in “AIR FORCE 1” is noticeably thicker compared to the genuine pair.
  • “COMME” text appears too thick.
  • “SUPREME” text demonstrates font discrepancies, with characters like “R” manifesting noticeable differences.

7. Tongue


  • The Nike Swoosh logo is smooth and flawless, devoid of bulks or any imperfections.
  • The “FORCE” text follows a consistent and accurate font style, without excessive curvature on letters like “F”, “O”, and “R.”


  • The Nike Swoosh logo exhibits a noticeable bulk at the bottom side, indicating improper manufacturing or potential paint flaws.
  • The letters in the “FORCE” text, specifically “F”, “O”, and “R”, are overly curvy, deviating from the authentic font style.

Simple checklist

  1. Rear Side Inspection: Check the sneakers from the rear side. Fake Supreme CDG Air Force 1 sneakers typically have text that appears too thick.
  2. Stitching Near Swoosh Logo: Inspect the stitching near the Swoosh logo gap. In most cases, fake sneakers have stitching that overlaps on the Swoosh logo.
  3. Swoosh on the Side: Verify the Swoosh on the side. Fake Supreme CDG Air Force 1 shoes often have a Swoosh that’s too bulky and curvy.
  4. Toe Box Examination: Look at the toe box of your sneakers. Counterfeit Supreme CDG Air Force 1 shoes tend to have a toe box that is too thick and over-inflated.
  5. Metal Plates at the Bottom of Laces: Analyze the metal plates at the bottom side of the laces. Replica Supreme CDG Air Force 1 sneakers may have “AF-1” and “Supreme” text that looks too thin and too sharp and fits less deeply into the plates.
  6. Insole Verification: Verify the insoles of your sneakers. Fake insoles often have printings that are too thick.
  7. Tongue Tag Inspection: Examine the tongue tag. Replica Supreme CDG Air Force 1 shoes may have text on the tongue tag that looks too curvy.

This quick guide should help you identify fake Supreme CDG Air Force 1 more efficiently.

Expert Air Force 1 Authentication

If you need assistance with authenticating your Supreme x CDG AF1:

  • Send us with pictures of your Supreme x CDG AF1.
  • We will thoroughly assess them.
  • You can expect to receive the results within 24 to 48 hours…
  • Along with a detailed report explaining why we believe your sneakers are either fake or authentic.

With this, we conclude our guide.

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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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