Yeezy Linen: How To Authenticate Yours (2023)

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Last Updated on November 13, 2023 by Ch David

Today’s legit check guide is for the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Linen.

9 steps. Let’s go.

How to spot fake Yeezy Linen

The fastest way to identify a fake Yeezy Linen is by examining the size tag on both the left and right sneakers.

The quality of replica Linens typically falls short of the authenticity of genuine Yeezys.

1. Barcode

Every original-made Yeezy 350 V2 has this unique details:

  • Colorway – LINEN (FY5158)
  • Style – 350 V2
  • Size – From 4 to 16

Look out for these matches later in the process.

1.1. How to scan

  • Get yourself the Legit Check App
  • Select the Barcode scanner function
  • Check your Yeezy Linen’s barcode
Barcode Scan Sneaker Legit Check App

After that, you have to look for the results.

1.2. Real

  • These are authentic as everything checks out.
  • The Stadium Goods results is most informative:
  • Yeezy 350 V2, Linen, FY5158 Size US10.

Let’s go to the fake results as well.

1.3. Replica

100% fake because:

  • Not anything that we need comes up.
  • There’s no style / colorway / size combination.

Besides, no results come up… At all!

Not sure you got it? See our step-by-step Yeezy barcode tutorial.

2. Size tag

  1. “MADE IN CHINA” Label:
    • Authentic: Uniform font weight and alignment of letters.
    • Fake: Letter “M” is thicker and slightly elevated, making it appear as if it’s floating.
  2. “US UK FR JP CHN” Printing:
    • Authentic: Consistent and standard thickness of text.
    • Fake: “US” text appears thicker, overall text is too bold.
  3. “adidas ®” Text:
    • Authentic: Adequate spacing between “adidas” and the “®” symbol.
    • Fake: “adidas” and “®” are placed too closely, often touching.
  4. Last Two Rows of Text:
    • Authentic: Text on the size tag is of standard thickness.
    • Fake: Text is too thin.
  5. MALE/MÂLE Text:
    • Note: Presence or absence of MALE/MÂLE text is not a valid criterion for authenticity as both real and fake pairs may or may not have it.
  6. Date of Manufacturing Text (e.g., “01/20”):
    • Authentic: Text is thicker and numbers are properly spaced around the slash.
    • Fake: Thin text with numbers “01” and “20” spaced too far from the slash.
  7. Size Number Text:
    • Authentic: Text is thick.
    • Fake: Text is too thin.

3. Box label

  • US Version Label:
    • Sizes Displayed: US (large print), UK, and F (both in smaller prints).
    • Serial Number: Ends with either V02 or V03.
  • International Version Label:
    • Sizes Displayed: US, UK, F, D, J, and CHN sizes (all in equal prints).
    • Serial Number: Ends with V10.

Any deviation from these label characteristics indicates a fake product.

For example, if a US version label ends with V10 (like in the international version), it’s a sign of a counterfeit item.

If this is not clear, read our separate Yeezy box guide.

4. Lacing

Authentic lacing:

  • Right Shoe (from wearer’s view): The right lace should be positioned below the left lace.
  • Left Shoe (from wearer’s view): The left lace should be positioned below the right lace.

Here, let’s look closer:

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 Pair: The boost is bubbly and softer.
  • Fake Pair: The boost appears stiffer.

5.2. Good fake

  • Authentic Pair: Pellets on the boost are smoother and placed more randomly.
  • Fake Pair: Pellets appear rougher and are often aligned too neatly, lacking the randomized placement seen on authentic pairs.

5.3. Low fake

Lastly, above’s another fake example.

It is of a lower quality replica Yeezy Linen.

6. Opening

This is about the tongue’s opening shape.

  • Authentic Pair: The tongue opening is smaller and less wide.
  • Fake Pair: The tongue opening appears longer and wider than on the authentic sneakers.

7. Toe box

  • Authentic Pair: The toe box is slimmer, thinner, and has a subtle curve, creating a sleek appearance.
  • Fake Pair: The toe box appears over-inflated, too thick, and lacks the subtle curvature, resulting in a more massive and less refined look.

8. Reflectiveness

  • Authentic Pair: Stripe is well-defined with 3M material placed meticulously, resulting in appropriate shine and refined appearance.
  • Fake Pair: Stripe is less defined with chaotic placement of 3M material, resulting in either too much shine (appearing overpowering) or insufficient shine, compared to authentic pairs.

9. Insole

Here are the adidas x YEEZY logos.

  • Authentic Pair: The letter “d” maintains a standard arch, and the dot over the “i” is square.
  • Fake Pair: The letter “d” appears overly arched and curvy, and the dot over the “i” is circular rather than square.

Authentication checklist

Here are the top 9 indicators to consider:

  1. Check the overall shape of the shoe, especially the length of the tongue.
  2. Examine the laces and ensure they are correctly positioned, with the right side going underneath on the right shoe and the left side on the left shoe (from a top-down view).
  3. Inspect the size tag for any inconsistencies, as described in the fake vs real Yeezy Linen comparison.
  4. Look at the box’s label and make sure the serial number is right.
  5. Verify the boost sole. Make sure the pellets are properly detailed.
  6. Verify the reflectiveness of the 3M material on the sides, with genuine Yeezys typically being shinier.
  7. Check the toe box, as fake Yeezys often have a more exaggerated arch.
  8. Analyze the boost sole, as fake pellets may not have the correct shape.
  9. Inspect the insole for out-of-shape elements, such as the rear logo, “adidas YEEZY” text, and serial number text.

These indicators should help you quickly determine the authenticity of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Linen sneakers.

Expert Yeezy Linen authentication

If you’re still unsure about the authenticity of your Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Linen sneakers:

  • Send us pictures of your Yeezy 350 Linen.
  • You will receive the results within 24 to 48 hours.
  • The results will include a report explaining why your sneakers are believed to be either fake or authentic…
  • Providing you with peace of mind regarding your purchase.

That’s it for now.

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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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