With a current resell value just shy of $2,000, it’s safe to say that the Kaws x Air Jordan 4 is one of the most sought-after sneakers in recent memory. If you’re considering paying the pricey aftermarket premium, it’s crucial to research the latest replica versions to ensure you don’t end up spending your hard-earned cash on a fake pair.
Although fake sneakers are constantly updated to mimic their authentic counterparts, Instagram user @fake_education put together a comprehensive side-by-side breakdown of the differences between current unauthorized pairs and the real deal. Scroll down for the complete guide.
One of the biggest red flags to look out for is at the bottom of the shoe, where Kaws’ repeating hands graphic appears mirrored on the fake version, and asymmetrical on the real sneakers. Also of note is the outsole color, which is a glaringly different shade on the replicas.
Other contrasting details include the clarity of the shoe’s all-over embroidery and the font and style of the heel’s “XX” branding.
Other things to look out for include small inconsistencies between the packaging, hangtag and tongue liner; and even beneath the insole, where the stitching on a real pair will glow under ultraviolet lighting.
Keep in mind that fakes are consistently updated, so improved versions with fewer flaws could find their way into the market soon. In order to avoid the hassle altogether, consider purchasing from sites such as eBay (which protects buyers in the event of a counterfeit purchase) or Stadium Goods.