Nike Air MAG: Learn To Authenticate Like A Pro (2024)

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

Learn how to authenticate Nike‘s most expensive sneakers on this page.

This is an expert-made authentication guide by. By the end of reading it, you’ll be one of us too!

In this tutorial, we’ll look at at the real vs fake Nike x Back To The Future “Air MAG” in 5 spots.

Let’s go!

How to tell if Air MAGs are fake

Want to swiftly spot fake Nike Air MAGs? Check the Nike Swoosh shape and the inner size tag.

Replica makers often falter here, leaving their sneakers a step behind the genuine quality.

1. Swoosh

  • Authentic: Swoosh curves are less curvy, with a smoother and sleeker appearance.
  • Fake: Swoosh curves are overly curvy, bulky, and thick, giving a less refined look.

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2. Size tag

  • Fake:
    1. Font weight on size tag is inconsistent, with varying thickness.
    2. “10” text is too thin.
    3. Date “08/11/10” has different font weights and improper spacing between numbers.
    4. “417744-001” serial number text has improperly sized numbers, and the third number “4” is thicker.
    5. “MADE IN TAIWAN” and “FABRIQUE EN TAIWAN” text is too thin.
  • Authentic:
    1. Text on size tag has consistent font weight and spacing.
    2. “10” text is appropriately thick.
    3. Date “08/11/10” has uniform font weight, and the numbers are properly spaced.
    4. “417744-001” serial number text is correctly shaped, sized, and font-weighted.
    5. “MADE IN TAIWAN” and “FABRIQUE EN TAIWAN” text is of the right thickness.

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. Back

  1. Authentic:
    • The bottom side of the letter “N” is round, bumpy, and curvy.
    • The letter “M” is thinner and comes out of the shoes less.
    • The letter “G” is appropriately sized and doesn’t protrude too much.
  2. Fake:
    • The bottom side of the letter “N” is less curvy and bumpy.
    • The letter “M” is too thick and comes out too much.
    • The letter “G” is too thick and protrudes excessively.

4. Cage

  • Authentic: The edges of the triangle-shaped hole are less curvy and bumpy.
  • Fake: The edges of the triangle-shaped hole are more curvy and bumpy.

5. Lights

  • Authentic: The authentic shoes have better lighting, with a more powerful and defined appearance.
  • Fake: The replica shoes have poorer lighting quality compared to the authentic Nike Air MAGs.

Shortlist: Authenticate your Air MAGs

  1. Swoosh Inspection: Counterfeit Air MAGs often display a Swoosh that’s too wavy and contoured.
  2. Size Tag Analysis: Replica Air MAGs frequently exhibit text misalignment, improper font weight, and inconsistent sizing and shaping.
  3. Rear Heel Text: On fake pairs, this text tends to protrude excessively and appears too thick.
  4. Triangle Hole: Counterfeit versions usually have a triangle that’s overly curved and irregular at its edges.
  5. Lighting Examination: Replica Air MAGs often emit a dimmer glow compared to genuine Nike Air MAGs.

If you’re pressed for time or browsing online, the in-depth steps mentioned above might seem daunting.

So, we’ve crafted a rapid 60-second guide for you.

Expert Nike AirMAG authentication

Need assistance in authenticating your Nike Air MAG? We’re here to help.

  1. Simply forward clear photos of your Nike Air MAG.
  2. Expect a detailed feedback from us within 24 to 48 hours.
  3. Our assessment will be accompanied by a report explaining the reasons behind our verdict.

We’ve now reached the conclusion of our Nike Air MAG authentication guide.

Stay tuned as we’ll keep refining and updating with the latest comparison insights!

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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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About the Author

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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