If you are a big fan of Nike and you are looking to cop a new pair of sneakers, then you should check out the Nike x Sacai Waffle model. These are some simple but sweet looking shoes.
Because of the reputation of replicas of the Nike Sacai Waffle on the market, we have created these nine steps legit check guide to help you differentiate between fake vs real Nike Sacai Waffle pairs.
We recommend you be sure that you marked the insole prints and the two Swooshes on your list when you are checking the authenticity of a Nike Sacai Waffle pair because we consider these two being elementary spots to check.
Also, keep in mind that the rear “NIKE sacai” text inscription is the best spot to look at when checking the real vs fake Nike Sacai Waffle sneakers since replica manufacturers never managed to get this inscription right.
Once again, because we left off at the heel, let’s also go a bit higher and analyze the “NIKE sacai” text that’s above the white long tab that we just spoke about, and check them on both the real vs fake Nike Sacai Waffle pairs.
First of all, the dot on the letter “i” is too small on the fake pair. Then, the word “NIKE” is too thin, but this is the most visible on the “K” character, as we’ve pointed out.
As we’ve said previously, we consider the sole inscription being one of the most reliable spots to look at when checking the authenticity of a Nike Sacai Waffle pair of sneakers.
The main problem of this “U.S. PATENT” inscription on the sole is that on the replica sneakers, they look too thick most of the time.
The Nike Sacai Waffle replica manufacturers always make this sole inscription text looking too thick.
Besides the thickness, it is visible how the fake rectangle in which the text is placed, is placed too close to the left square of the sole, while the legit shoes have more distance between the square buttons on the sole and the rectangle with the text inside.
For the third step for the guide on how to spot fake Nike x Sacai LDWaffle sneakers, we are going to check out the fake vs real Sacai Waffle’s insole prints.
In the fake vs real Sacai Waffle image above, we have pointed out several font-weight problems on the fake Waffles.
First of all, if you look at the letter “s” in the “sacai” text, you can notice how the fake Sacai Waffle Nikes look too thin compared to the letter “s” on the legit shoes.
Then, if you look at the positioning of the letters “K” in the “NIKE” text, and the “c” in the “sacai” text, you can notice how the fake Sacai Waffles have their letter “c” placed too far away from the “K”.
The authentic sneakers have these two letters in contact, while the fake shoes don’t.
Then, looking at the letter “E” in the “NIKE” text, you can notice how the authentic sneakers have their “E” looking thinner on the bottom side than the “E” of the fake shoes, which is obviously thicker, for some reason.
Lastly, looking at the letter “i”, the same flaw from the rear heel’s “NIKE sacai” text, you can notice how the fake Sacai LDWaffle pair has its dot of the letter “i” thinner and smaller than the dot on the authentic letter.
As you may have seen, the Sacai Waffle sneakers use the suede material on the side.
First of all, we are going to check the quality of the suede on the blue colourway, and then, the rest of the colours.
In the real vs fake Sacai Waffle image above, you can notice how the suede effect is present on the authentic sneakers, and on the fake Sacai Waffles, while present, it isn’t as pronounced as the authentic ones.
By that, we mean that if you rub your finger on the suede area of the shoes, there will be paths/shadows left off where you’ve touched the sneakers, and then, the suede effect will be visible.
On the other hand, the fake sneakers often have poor quality, as the suede effect cannot be visible even if you rub the sneakers with your finger.
Now, let’s move on to the next colourway on the real vs fake Sacai Waffle suede effect.
In the real vs fake Sacai Waffle image above, we have pointed out how the fake Nike LDWaffles have their suede looking too rough compared to the one on the legit shoes.
On the other hand, looking at the legit Sacai Waffles, you can see how the suede effect is present and easily visible.
Moving on, we have the fake vs real Sacai Waffles’ suede quality on the green and yellow colourway.
In the fake vs real Sacai Waffle image above, we have pointed out how, once again, the suede effect is noticeably more defined on the authentic Waffles.
By that, we mean that the quality of the suede patch on the toe box area (and on the rear side too) has better quality than the suede on the fake shoes, which is obviously poorer in quality.
Up next, we have the real vs fake Sacai Waffle shoes in the black classic colourway.
Looking at the authentic Sacai Waffle Black sneakers, you can see how the suede is more moving.
By that, we mean that as the splits found on the suede underside are moving, thus creating different shades of colours.
On the other hand, the replica Sacai Waffle Black shoes have their suede looking more static and less defined.
Up next, we have the fake vs real Sacai LDWaffle in the OG White Grey colourway.
In the fake vs real Sacai Waffle White Grey image above, we have pointed out how the stitching on the replica shoes appears to be present, but same as the Purple Green colourway, the suede is too rough.
Looking at the authentic Sacai Waffles, you can see how the suede effect is present and it looks rough, but surely not as rough as the fake sneakers’ suede material.
Moving on to the next colourways of the real vs fake Sacai LDWaffle sneakers, we have the newer release from 2020, the Black Nylon.
On these shoes, the suede material is present all around the laces, the Swoosh logo, the toe box, and the rear side of the sneakers.
Looking at the fake sneakers, you can see how the suede effect is, once again, rougher than the one on the legit shoes.
Lastly, we have the newer release of the Sacai Waffles in the White colourway, this time the Nylon White.
In the fake vs real Sacai Waffle image above, you can notice how the fake sneakers have their suede looking somewhat thinner and less rough than the suede stitching met on the authentic shoes.
With this being said for this step on how to spot fake Sacai Waffle sneakers, let’s move on to the next spot.
First of all, we will take a quick look at the tongue tag that says “NIKE” on your Nike Sacai Waffle pair. Let’s see the fake vs real Nike Sacai Waffle comparison pictures:
As you can see in the picture above, the fake Nike Sacai Waffle tongue tags have two main flaws.
First, the “R” symbol appears to be too small on the replica Nike Sacai Waffle pair. Then, the word “SPORTSWEAR” is looking too thin on the fake Sacai Waffle.
As for the second step of our real vs fake Nike Sacai Waffle legit check guide, we’ve prepared the Swooshes. Again, we have spotted two mistakes on the fake Nike Sacai Waffle pair:
As you can see in the real vs fake Waffle Sacai pictures above, the main flaw on the fake Swooshes is that they look too thin.
Then, besides the thickness of the Swoosh, you can easily notice how the fake Swoosh is looking too arched at the top of it, especially at the top of the Swoosh.
Going to the front of the shoe, we should also analyze together the curviness of the toe box on your Nike Sacai Waffle.
As you can see, the fake Nike Sacai Waffle toe box seems to be too curvy, again, and too round and arched, and at the same time, it looks too bulky, but the bulkiness may differ from a size to another.
Because we left off at the toe box, let’s also profit by our time and analyze the stitching on the toe box too. As always, let’s first see the real vs fake Nike Sacai Waffle reference pictures:
As you can see in the real vs fake Sacai Waffle pictures that we’ve linked above, the fake Nike Sacai Waffle seems to have the stitching lines too curved where we have pointed out with the hand emojis.
The structure of the fake Nike Sacai Waffle is different than the legit one, as the fake pair seems to be too arched, and that’s especially at the toe box stitching.
Moving a bit from the toe box, we have to analyze the stitching below the laces too, in order to know how to spot the fake Nike Sacai Waffle pairs.
The stitching rectangle, below the laces, is too far away from the first line of laces on the fake Sacai Waffle pair.
For this step, you may have to look a bit closer, but if you look close enough, you can spot the differences easily.
As for the tenth step of our real vs fake Nike Sacai Waffle legit check guide, we’ve prepared the size tag.
As you can see in the real vs fake Nike Sacai Waffle pictures that we’ve linked above, the fake “SZ” text on the top right corner of the size tag is noticeably thinner and smaller than the one on the legit Nike Sacai Waffle pair.
As for the eleventh step of our fake vs real Nike Sacai Waffle guide, we’re going to inspect the long white part on the rear side of the Nike Sacai Waffle:
We called this step “long heel tab”, but you can notice in the real vs fake Nike Sacai Waffle pictures above, how the fake Sacai Waffle has this tab looking too short, while the legit one is longer.
Also, you can notice the lack of quality on the fake Nike Sacai Waffle white heel tab too.
For the twelfth step of our real vs fake Nike Sacai Waffle guide, you’ll have to flip your sneakers to the rear side. Let’s see the Sacai Waffle real vs fake sole pattern pictures:
We’d like to mention that this spot mainly applies to unworn Nike Sacai Waffle shoes, or at least for the pairs that have been worn a little bit, just so the sole won’t be too damaged.
As you can see in the real vs fake Nike Sacai Waffle pictures that we’ve linked above, the main problem with the fake pair is that the dots appear to be too big, while the dots on the legit pair are smaller.
For the tenth and the last step of our Sacai Waffle fake vs real guide, we’ve prepared the box label. As always, the real vs fake Waffle Sacai pictures for reference:
As you can see, we have just one flaw on the fake Nike Sacai Waffle box label, since this is quite a simple label.
The problem with the fake Sacai Waffle box label is that the fake text that indicates the size is too small and thinner than on the legit box label.
The eleven fake vs real Sacai Waffle steps outlined above are well detailed and it will be time demanding to perform each authentication step when you need to confirm the originality of your Sacai Waffles.
That is why we have compiled this quick 60-second solution to authenticating your sneakers. Below are the top 11 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake pair of Sacai Waffles or the real deal.
If you need help with the authentication of your Nike Sacai Waffle, we’ve got you covered. All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your Nike Sacai Waffle 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 Sacai Waffle guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.
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Ch Daniel and Ch David