If you are here to learn how to spot fake Off-White Air Max 97 sneakers, you are in the right place.
We have prepared this guide on how to check the real vs fake Off-White Air Max 97 sneakers with just ten simple spots to look at for it to be easier when you authenticate these sneakers.
It is worth mentioning that we are going to refer to the Off-White Air Max 97 OG sneakers in the simple form of OW AM 97 OG sneakers.
Now that you know what we’re talking about, let’s get you to the proper real vs fake Off-White Air Max 97 sneakers.
First of all, we’d like to mention that we consider the medial text on both the left and the right shoes being the most reliable spot in order to check the authenticity of an Off-White Air Max 97 pair since replica Off-White manufacturers never manage to get this text right.
As we said previously, we consider the medial text to be one of the most reliable signs of a fake OW AF1 OG White pair of sneakers.
We are going to analyze both the left and the right shoes and the text on these, but first, we are going to start with the left shoe.
As you can see, we’ve spotted a few problems on the fake Off-White Air Max 97 OG pair.
First of all, the “TM” text is thicker on the fake pair, and on the authentic pair, it looks thinner.
Then, one of the main flaws in the fake OW AM97 OG pairs is that the letter “c” in the “c. 1997” text is a capital “C” key, and on the legit pair, it is always a small key “c”.
Also, we have pointed out on the “1997” text how the fake pair has this text, and not only it, looking too thick, and the authentic text is thinner.
Now it is the time for us to proceed to the right shoe and analyze the fake vs real OW AM97 OG pairs.
There are four main flaws we’ve spotted on the fake Off-White Air Max 97 pair.
First, you can notice how the fake pair has the same flaw from the left shoe too on the letter “c”. The fake pair has a capital “C” letter, and the authentic one must be a small key “c” letter.
Then, the fake OW Air Max 97 OG pair has the “1997” text looking too thick on the transparent site, and the authentic pair has this text thinner.
The counterfeit OW Air Max 97 OG pair has the comma (,) next to the “Beaverton” text looking too thick and too long, and the authentic pair has this comma thinner.
Lastly, for the right shoe, we’ve spotted that the fake pair has the “MAX” text looking a lot thicker than it has to look like.
Now that you know how to authenticate these sneakers by looking at the medial text, let’s also get you to know how to check the “AIR” midsole text.
As you can see in the fake vs real Off-White Air Max 97 OG pictures above, the fake shoes have the “AIR” text placed differently than the legit text.
By that, we mean that the fake “AIR” text is crooked and it isn’t placed as straight as the legit text.
Let’s go a bit above the midsole “AIR” text, and let’s analyze the real vs fake OW Air Max 97 OG Nike Swoosh logo too.
It is really visible in the pictures above how the fake Off-White Air Max 97 OG sneakers have the Swoosh too arched, curvy and angled on the middle part of it.
On the other hand, the legit Off-White AM 97 OG sneakers have the Swoosh looking sharper and less curvy on the middle part of it.
Then, besides the sharpness of the Nike Swoosh logo, you can see how the fake Swoosh is placed too low on the transparent part of the shoes, and it covers less of this part than it should. Keep in mind that this can be vice-versa.
Let’s go a bit to the rear side of the Off-White Air Max 1/97 sneakers and check the length of the pull tab.
The main flaw on the counterfeit Off-White Air Max 97 OG sneakers’ pull tab is that the fake pull tabs are most of the time too long, and the authentic ones are shorter.
Because we left off at the pull tab, let’s also get a closer look at it, and analyze the real vs fake OW Air Max 97 pull tab stitching.
The fake Off-White Air Max 97 OG pair has the stitching on its pull tab looking less visible than the stitching on the legit pair.
Moving a bit to the tongue of the sneakers, you’ll notice the little tag that says “NIKE”. Let’s have a look at the real vs fake Off-White Air Max 97 OG comparison pictures and analyze the flaws on the fake pair:
As you can see in the real vs fake Off-White Air Max 97 OG pictures above, the counterfeit OW AM97 OG pair has the Nike Swoosh logo too close to the letter “N” in the word “NIKE”, and the legit pair has more distance between them.
Also, another major flaw on the fake pair is that the (R) symbol below the letter “N” is placed to the right leg of the letter “N”, and the legit (R) symbol is placed below the left leg of the letter “N”.
Now, let’s also check the real vs fake OW Air Max 97 OG sneakers’ orange tab.
The main flaw on the fake Off-White Air Max 97 OG orange tab is that the blue stitches above and over the orange tab are less dense than the authentic ones, and the fake nuance of orange is too light instead of being darker.
For the eighth step of the real vs fake Off-White Air Max 97 OG sneakers, you’ll have to flip your shoes to the rear side and analyze the Nike Swoosh logo.
Since this is a simple sole pattern, we are going to analyze only the Nike Swoosh logo on the orange bubble.
Basically, the replica Off-White Air Max 97 OG pair has the Nike Swoosh logo looking too small on the orange bubble, and the authentic Swoosh is bigger as it goes more to the edges of the orange bubble.
For the ninth step of the legit check guide, we will have to go inside the sneakers and check if it looks right or not.
Mainly, the fake Off-White Air Max 97 OG pairs have the “THE TEN” text looking bigger than needed, and also, with too much space between the letters.
At the same time, you can easily notice how the “X” Off-White printed logo looks a lot thicker on the fake pair, compared to the thinner retail Off-White Air Max 97 OG pair.
As for the tenth step of our real vs fake Off-White Air Max 97 OG legit check guide, let’s look at the size tag.
Most of the time, the fake “VT” text on the top right corner of the size tag is placed either too far or too close from the right edge of the size tag.
Then, the “AJ4585-100” and the “MADE IN CHINA” printed text in the middle of the fake size tag is thicker than the printed text on the legit pair.
The ten fake vs real OW Air Max 97 OG 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 OG’s.
That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your OW AM97 OG sneakers. Below are the top 8 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake pair of Off-White Air Max 97 OG or the real deal.
If you need help with the authentication of your Off-White Air Max 97 OG White sneakers, we’ve got you covered.
All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your OW AM 97 OG 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 Off-White Air Max 97 OG guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.
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