Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Pure Platinum” Real Vs Fake (Guide)

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

You may be here because you:

  • Have a pair of Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Pure Platinum” (NRG/Wolf Grey)
  • And you have to legit check it
  • But you don’t know how to

Fear not, we’ll help you with this expert-made Nike x Yeezy legit check guide.

Not what you need? See these Air Yeezy 2 guides: Red October, Solar Red.

Let’s go to the Platinum Yeezys.

How to spot real vs fake Nike Air Yeezy 2 Platinum

To tell if you have real or fake Nike Air Yeezy 2 Platinum, examine the pattern of the honeycombs on the side.

The quality of replicas never matches that of the authentic retail version.

1. Pattern

  • Authentic: Honeycombs on the side are more visible and not overly sharp.
  • Fake: Honeycombs are less visible and appear too sharp.

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2. Size tag

  • Authentic: All inscriptions are thicker.
    • “508214-010”, “MADE IN CHINA”, and “FABRIQUE EN CHINE”.
  • Fake: Text is too thin.

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. Swoosh

  • Authentic: Swoosh is thinner and less protruding.
  • Fake: Swoosh is oversized, thick, and extends too much outward.

4. Cage

  • Authentic: Triangles on the cage have a bumpier shape with curvy corners.
  • Fake: Triangles are too defined, sharp, and lack curvature.

5. Tongue

  • Authentic: Tongue’s diamonds are less visible.
  • Fake: Tongue is more transparent, making the diamonds more visible.

6. Height

Now we’ll look at the height/length of the tongue.

  • Authentic: Tongue is longer, extending over the sock liner.
  • Fake: Tongue is shorter.

7. Suede

The cage is made out of suede.

We’ll have to look at that too.

  • Authentic: Suede on the cage is rough and leaves traces when rubbed with a finger.
  • Fake: The material is not as rough and may not leave traces.

8. Lacing

The lace covers feature two inscriptions.

Let’s take them one by one.

8.1. Exterior (Nike)

  • Authentic:
    • Text is properly aligned with correct font-weight, and the letter “E” has a longer and thicker bottom leg.
  • Fake:
    • Text is angled too much to the right with incorrect font-weight (visible on the letter “N”).
    • The bottom leg of the letter “E” is too short and curvy.

8.2. Interior (Kanye West)

The other side reads KANYE_WEST&NIKE©MMXI.

  • Authentic: The copyright © symbol, is thicker.
  • Fake: Text, including the copyright © symbol, appears too thin.

9. Reflectiveness

  • Authentic: 3M reflective material shines less intensely.
  • Fake: 3M shines too brightly.

Shortlist: Legit check on the go

Got to time to read the whole guide? We’ve got you covered:

  1. Inspect Honeycombs:
    • Check the honeycombs on the side of the sneakers. Fake Yeezys often have pyramids that are either too sharp or not sharp enough.
  2. Verify Size Tag:
    • Look at the size tag on your Yeezy Platinums. The text on the size tags of replica Air Yeezy 2s is usually too thick.
  3. Examine Nike Swoosh Logo:
    • Inspect the Nike Swoosh logo. Counterfeit Nike Air Yeezy 2 Pure Platinum sneakers often have a Swoosh that is too thick and protrudes excessively.
  4. Analyze Triangle Pattern:
    • Observe the pattern of the triangles in the cage. Triangles on replica Air Yeezy 2 Platinum shoes tend to be too sharp and lack the curvature and bumpiness of authentic triangles.
  5. Inspect Tongue Diamonds:
    • Look at the diamonds on the tongue. Fake Air Yeezy 2 Platinum shoes commonly have an opaque tongue, making the diamonds overly visible.
  6. Check Tongue Height:
    • Verify the height of the tongue. Replica Yeezys often have tongues that are too short, whereas authentic pairs feature longer tongues that extend beyond the sock liner.
  7. Evaluate Suede Quality:
    • Examine the suede material quality. Fake Yeezys usually have lower quality suede that doesn’t leave traces when rubbed.
  8. Verify Lacing Strap Text:
    • Check the text on the lacing straps. Replica Nike Air Yeezy 2 Pure Platinum NRG sneakers often have front-side text that is too thick, curvy, angled, and improperly shaped, while the interior-side text is typically too thin.
  9. Authenticate Reflective Material:
    • Assess the 3M reflective material. Counterfeit Nike Air Yeezy 2 Pure Platinum shoes often reflect too much light.

Expert Air Yeezy 2 Platinum authentication

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  • Simply send us high-quality images of your sneakers.
  • We’ll provide you with results within 24 to 48 hours…
  • Accompanied by a report explaining the reasons behind our assessment of your sneakers’ authenticity.

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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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