There are few things more frustrating than making a special purchase and then getting it home, only to realize that it’s a fake. Unfortunately, this happens with just about everything that involves name brand products. The issue ranges from handbags to cologne and yes, even shoes. Recently, one of the types of shoes that has been in the news more than most is the Off White Jordan 4. That’s because an unusually large portion of the population has purchased these shoes in the belief that they were authentic, only to find out later that they were indeed fake. Here are some tips you can follow to help ensure that you don’t get taken.
Why Is This a Problem?
The sad truth is that people do this sort of thing to make money, but they don’t care about making it honestly. For them, they only care about getting what they want. That means that you are unfortunately stuck with the duty of making sure that anything and everything you buy is authentic. The question is, how are you supposed to authenticate something when you aren’t an expert with such things? It’s not always easy, there’s no doubt about that. However, in this particular case, there are some things that you can look for that will help you ensure that the product you’re paying for is indeed real. By educating yourself and knowing what to look for, you can dramatically reduce the chances that you’ll end up spending your hard-earned money on something that’s fake. Now that you know why it’s so important to keep your eyes wide open, let’s get started in teaching you what to look for.
Check the Size of the Text
The first thing you want to do is check the size of the medial text. On the fake shoes, it's almost always wrong. It's close, but it's not quite right. There are a couple of different things to look for, but you have to get really good at knowing what to look for so it does take some practice. For starters, the text on the fake shoes is almost always a lower font than the one used on the authentic version. In addition, it has a tendency to be slightly darker. Believe it or not, the text on the fake shoes is actually easier to read than that used on the originals, at least in most cases. That leads a lot of people to think that the fake shoe is actually the authentic shoe, so it's a good idea to take a very clear picture of an authentic shoe and then bring that photo with you for comparison's sake. Once you become skilled at identifying the fake text versus the text used on the authentic shoe, this will save you a lot of headaches later on. That's because it allows you to spot a fake almost immediately, thereby giving you the chance to move on to a different product from a different supplier as opposed to wasting your time looking at something that isn't what you truly want anyway. Of course, there are other indications of a fake, but this is the one that has a tendency to stand out more frequently than virtually anything else.
Look at the Size Tags
Another thing that you can look at is the size tags that are located in the inside of the shoes. This is another thing that is almost always wrong on the fake shoes. That’s because the fake ones typically have size tags that use a smaller font than the authentic shoes. It’s not drastically different in size, but there is certainly enough difference that you will be able to notice it easily if you take the time to do so. There are some other more subtle differences as well. One of them is that the color of the ink is slightly different, with the ink used on the fake version being slightly darker than that used on the originals. Again, you’re best bet is to take a photo of the differences you can typically spot between the two and then carry that photo with you so you can compare what you’re seeing in the pictures to the shoes you’re thinking about buying. The differences are big enough that you can tell they are there, but only if you know what to look for and you take the time to look carefully. Another thing you can do to help you distinguish between the authentic shoe and the fake version is to look at these comparison photos often. Take some time to genuinely study them and become skilled at knowing how to spot a fake before you actually hand your money over to someone else.
Check the Midsole
Last but certainly not least, check the midsole where the word “AIR” is located. Once again, you’re looking for a difference in the size of the text used on the shoe. The text used on the authentic shoes is much larger than that typically used on the fake shoes. In addition, there is some difference to the placing of the word itself. On the real shoes, the word tends to be straight as an arrow, even though the midsole itself is slightly slanted. On the fake shoes, the word follows the same plane as the midsole, making it appear slanted to the naked eye. Even if you have trouble telling the difference between the real shoes and the fake version with the other two main points that have been discussed herein, this one should be a dead giveaway. It’s very easy to spot immediately upon glancing at the shoe. There you have it. Now that you know how to tell the difference between the real shoe and a fake, you can buy with more confidence. Knowing what to look for will make the process much easier. That said, there is one final tip you should follow. When making this or any other purchase of a similar nature, you should only do business with someone you know you can trust. Be wary of those who don’t fit into this category, especially if you're buying online and you can’t actually hold the product you’re buying in your own hands in order to inspect it for yourself.
Written by Dana Hanson
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