How can you tell if a pair of Nike Free sneakers are genuine? Follow this step by video guide, don't get caught by fakes.
1. Box Label
Nike retail boxes feature a label on one side detailing barcode, style name, size, color, country of manufacture and a style number. The style number is usually 9 digits long, the first 6 digits represent the style and the last 3 digits represent the colourway. Check that this style number matches the one located inside the shoe and on the sales receipt. Tip 1: Do a Google image search for "Nike"+"style number" to check the colourway. Tip 2: scan the barcode with a barcode scanner app, the exact product including size should be correct.
2. Midsole Join
Nike Free 5 Flyknit's have a Phylon midsole for lightweight support during foot strikes. Make sure the join between the Phylon midsole and outsole is neat and clean with no glue or paint marks showing.
3. Insole Stitching
If you remove the sockliner you will see the stitching joining the insole to the upper. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Also look for the positioning hole drilled into the middle of the heel. This is also a good opportunity to check the one piece Flyknit upper, make sure there are no join lines.
The trademark feature of the Nike Free 5's is flexibility and range of motion. This can be demonstrated by twisting the shoe. Take note of how easily the flex grooves allow the individual blocks to separate, the shoe can almost be twisted a full 180 degrees.
The goal of the go Verify guides are to help online shoppers not get caught out by fakes as well as to show sellers how to take good photographs that will help them sell more on Ebay. Visit goVerify to find out more information. Good luck.
Looking at the product description carefully:
An item that is posted on eBay should ALWAYS have a description. Usually, this description tells you all you need to know about the item you are bidding on. Authentic shoes will always contain the words "100% AUTHENTIC", however sometimes counterfeit shoe products may contain these words as well, this is what everyone needs to be away of (you can try to validate the 'AUTHENTIC' statement by looking at the picture for more evidence - located in the next topic). For the most part, if an eBay listing does not say their shoe product is AUTHENTIC then it is very questionable. The best thing to do in this case is actually emailing this person to confirm the authenticity of the item. Also, if the item description says "100% brand new" or "100% guarunteed" these are words used by many eBayer's to lure users in, in hopes of tricking you.
Overviewing pictures of the shoes:
One of the BEST ways to tell weather the product is authentic or fake is by looking at the pictures. Usually the pictures give you a good look of the shoes. If the shoes look poor of quality in anyway, they are very suspect to be fakes. Not only that, but most of the time shoes sold on eBay are being resold, making the box have an actualy price tag from a retail store. Here are some examples:
Notice how you can obviously see the quality difference in both pictures. Many eBayer's that sell fake shoes usually include few pictures of their shoes to conceal the obvious evidence that let you know they are fake. Real shoes contain many pictures and ALWAYS show the inside tag of the shoe, fakes do NOT.
This small peice of information hold the key to the shoe being authentic or not, for the most part if a listing does not contain this you must request it inorder to confirm authenticty. The date under the barcode on the left should ALWAYS be touching the barcode if there is ever a space between the item is an obvious fake.
On another note, pictures should ALWAYS be tagged by the eBay user. Why? Because most of the time people steal picture on the internet and use them as their own to fool others.
Overall, fake shoes are always listed poorly and contain little information. But there are a few that still tend to lie even under high security. I cannot post any links of live auction, but if you go to eBay and search for any item related to "NIKE DUNK SB" or "NIKE AIR FORCE 1" you can find many auctions that look very authentic and convicing, this is where you must be on the lookout. Notice how an aution may seem authentic? These types of things are very hard to spot because of the time they spend making sure it looks like an authentic auction. BUT! if you view his/her feedback and it reads PRIVATE with under 100% feedback, it may raise a red flag. My only advice would be to look at the pictures and see what the user is selling. If this person may be selling many of the same item and this item is either discontinued or rare then you should be aware. As long as the eBayer is willing to negotiate and talk or answer any questions you may have, please ask them before proceeding. It is defintely the best thing you can do when confused.