Yeezy 350 V2 Desert Sage Real Vs Fake (Expert Guide)

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Last Updated on November 13, 2023 by Ch David

This is the expert-made Yeezy 350 V2 “Desert Sage” real vs fake you need.

Let’s waste no time and see how to check your pair.

How to spot fake Yeezy 350 V2 Desert Sage

The quickest way to spot fake Yeezy 350 V2 Desert Sage is to examine the barcode, the size tag, and the box label.

Replica manufacturers often make mistakes with these details and rarely get them accurately replicated.

1. barcode

All authentic Yeezy Boost 350 V2 must show results of the matching model:

  • Colourway – DESSAG/DESSAGE/DESSAG
  • Style-code – FX9035
  • Model – 350 V2
  • Size – From 4 – 17

Look for these when scanning the barcode.

1.1. How to scan

  • Get the Legit Check App
  • Open the barcode scanner
  • Check your box’s barcode
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Time for the results!

1.2. Authentic

  • Everything checks out: model, colorway, style-code, US size.
  • It’s all in tune with the box’s inscriptions.

As see on the box + results: Yeezy Boost 350 V2, Desett Sage, FX9035, Size US10 1/2.

1.2. Fake

  • Nothing comes up.
  • Hence, we’re looking at a fake box.

Note: Even if some details match but others don’t (e.g size is not right), the box is still fake.

Still unsure? See our detailed Yeezy barcode check guide.

2. Size tag

  1. “MADE IN CHINA” Text Placement:
    • Authentic: The “MADE IN CHINA” text is positioned higher, with adequate spacing from the line below.
    • Fake: The text is placed too close to the line below, sitting too low.
  2. Date of Manufacturing:
    • Authentic: The “19” in the manufacturing date is thinner and has appropriate spacing from the adjacent slash.
    • Fake: The “19” is too thick and positioned too far from the slash.
  3. MALE/MĂ‚LE Appearance:
    • This inscription is irrelevant for authentication as both authentic and fake pairs may or may not have it.
  4. Last Line of Text:
    • Authentic: The font weight of the last line of text is appropriate and balanced.
    • Fake: The last line of text appears too thin.
  5. “adidas” Text:
    • Authentic: The letter “s” in “adidas” is of the correct thickness, and the registered trademark symbol is adequately spaced from the “adidas” text.
    • Fake: The “s” is too thick, and the registered trademark symbol is often too close to the “adidas” text.
  6. Factory of Production Text:
    • Authentic: The factory code “EVN” is bold and clearly legible.
    • Fake: The “EVN” text is too thin in comparison.

3. Box label

The Yeezy Desert Sage were released in two versions: US and international.

  • Authentic:
    • US version label displays sizes for US (in large print), UK, and F (in smaller prints).
    • International version label equally displays sizes for US, UK, F, D, J, and CHN.
    • Serial number for US version ends with either V02 or V03.
    • Serial number for international version ends with V10.
  • Fake:
    • Any deviation from the above patterns is a red flag for counterfeit products.
    • Such as a US version with a serial number ending in V10.

Not sure you got it? See our full Yeezy box guide.

4. Lacing

  • Authentic:
    • On the left shoe, the left lace goes underneath the right lace.
    • On the right shoe, the right lace goes underneath the left lace.
  • Fake:
    • In some fake Yeezy pairs, the lace arrangement may be incorrect, with laces on one or both shoes “reverted.”

Closer inspection:

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. Boost sole

5.1. Best fake

  • Authentic:
    • The boost sole is typically more bubbly.
    • Pellets on the boost sole have better definition.
  • Fake:
    • The boost sole may appear slightly stiffer.
    • Pellets on the boost sole may lack the same level of definition as on authentic pairs.

5.2. Mid fake

  • Authentic:
    • The circles are arranged in a more randomized pattern.
    • Some authentic pairs may have rotated circles, but they maintain a random pattern.
  • Fake:
    • The circles typically have a more “mathematical” or regular pattern.
    • Fake pairs often have the same pattern since they are mass-produced without variations.

5.3. Low fake

  • Fake:
    • The boost sole has a regular or mathematical pattern on the striped circles.
    • The pellets on the boost sole may appear more uniform and less randomized.

6. Toe box

  • Authentic: Toe box has a natural and less inflated appearance.
  • Fake: Toe box appears over-inflated and thicker compared to authentic sneakers.

7. Shape

  • Authentic: Normal opening structure.
  • Fake: Wider opening compared to authentic pairs.

8. Stripe

  1. Turn the lights off.
  2. Pour phone’s flashlight on the stripe.
  3. This will reveal the 3M reflective material.

Look at the shininess of the stripe.

  • Authentic: Better reflective quality.
  • Fake: Poorer reflective quality.

9. Insole

Here you’ll find the adidas x YEEZY logos in a background orange.

  • Authentic: Thinner text with even letter size.
  • Fake: Thicker text with bigger letters.

Legit check your Yeezy Desert Sage (on the go)

Consider these top 12 indicators that can help you determine whether you have a real or fake pair:

  1. Barcode Scan: Use the Legit Check App to scan the barcode on the sneakers.
  2. Size Tag Quality: Examine the Yeezy V2 Desert Sage size tag for any inconsistencies in printing quality.
  3. Box Label Details: Inspect the serial numbers and sizes on the box label.
  4. Lacing Style: Verify that the lacing style of the Yeezy V2 Desert Sage follows the correct pattern, with the right lace under the right shoe and the left lace under the left shoe.
  5. Boost Sole: Check the boost sole for any signs of bubbling or irregularities.
  6. Toe Box Inflation: Ensure that the toe box of the sneakers is not unusually inflated.
  7. Opening Width: The opening of genuine Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Desert Sage should be appropriately wide.
  8. 3M Reflective Stripe: Examine the 3M Reflective stripe on the side of the Yeezys. Fake pairs may have less reflective material due to lower-quality materials used in crafting the sneakers.
  9. Insole Consistency: Look for any inconsistencies in the insole design, including the logo and text.

Expert Yeezy 350 V2 authentication

If you require assistance with the authentication of your Yeezy Boost V2 Desert Sage:

  • Simply provide us with high-quality pictures of your Yeezys
  • We’ll analyze them, delivering results within 24 to 48 hours.
  • You will also receive a detailed report…
  • Explaining why we believe your sneakers are either authentic or fake.

This concludes our guide on how to spot fake Yeezy 350 V2 Desert Sage.

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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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