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8 March 2018, 13:10 | Updated: 14 August 2018, 10:24
Here's how to tell if your Yeezy's are the real deal.
Ever since Kanye West dropped his first Yeezy sneaker in 2015, they've become some of the hottest and most sought-after kicks on the market.
Unfortunately, even to the well-trained sneakerhead eye, it can be hard to differentiate between an authentic pair and a couple of knock-off replicas.
So how do you know if your new Yeezy's are real or not? We've compiled a list of tell-tale signs so you know what to look out for when purchasing a pair.
These apply for both the V1 and V2 editions - time to get clued up.
The edge of the heel tab should be quite close to the ankle collar, as shown in the image below.
Also, the rectangle on the back of the heel tab should be perfectly aligned in the centre. The fake shown below is aligned too far to the right.
Due to the overall poorer material quality that fake Yeezy's tend to feature, the tongue of the shoe can be another warning sign. On a real pair, it should sit up straight to a sharper point than the slouchy, crumpled tongue as shown on the faux trainer below.
Firstly, the writing on the insoles should be written in a grey to almost black colour, not stark white. Also, the writing on both shoes should mirror one another, not be exactly the same - the 'Adidas' should start from the heel of one shoe and then flip over the form the other shoe's design. Here's what we mean:
If you turn the soles upside down, you should see some intricate embossed detailing across the entire sole. On a fake pair, these are can be skewed to the side or, as shown below, not there at all.
Look out for the coloured stripes on the inside heel tab. On a genuine pair, the stripes should be part of the fabric. On a pair of fakes, the line may be clearly printed on top of the tab. The lines should stretch all the way down to the sole of the shoe, not stop just before.
A huge tell-tale sign that your Yeezy's are fake is the side text. The 'SPLY-350’ should sit in a straight line, rather than curve around the side of the shoe as the red line indicates below. Font-wise, the 'Y' can sometimes look like a 'V' on a pair of knock-offs, so that's something to check on.
On legitimate Yeezy's, the iconic Adidas trefoil will appear on the side of your shoe. These, as well as the 'YZY' logo, are commonly printed far larger on a pair of fakes and take up more space on the shoe as shown below.
The size tag on the inside of your Yeezy's should simply read 'Made In China'. There should also be a bar code which is unique to each trainer, sizing conversions, gender specification and serial codes.
At first glance, you might be able to tell whether your Yeezy's are fake from the box they arrive in. Authentic Yeezy shoe boxes are a standard brown colour, neat, with smooth edges and a genuine serial number.