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How to spot FAKE Air Jordan XIII's (lots of pics)

post #1 of 11
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A little while ago, the subject of creating a guide on how to spot fake shoes was mentioned. I thought it was a great idea but I know it will take some hard work and dedication from more than one member. I'd just like to see if I can get the ball rolling. I know that the XIII is not the most popular fake Jordan by far but you have to start somewhere.

Picture credits: Retrokid and Jordanextreme.com; I took some of these without permission for the intent of educating fellow NT'ers, however I will take them down at the request of the owners.

On a side note, I am looking for more reliable image hosting than Image Shack / Photobucket, a service that can host super high quality images. If you have access to one holla at me at tekkaboy@hotmail.com.

On with the show...

The most common fake XIII colorways are the White/True Red-Black and the White/Black/True Red-Pearl Grey. The other colorways are also around, but are easier to spot as fakes and are not as numerous. Here are some of the most common flaws found on fake XIII's:

1) Here we have a seemingly real pair of White/True Red-Black XIII's. However notice the top two lace holes have circles around them; real XIII's don't.

fakeblackwhite2.jpg
fakeredwhite2.jpg
Real:
realwhiteblack.jpg

2) Looking at the back of the shoe, the real XIII's bottom section of leopard print is full of circles and ends in a more stubby fashion than the fakes; the fakes' leopard print area tails off and is longer without circles. Also, the top of the fake shoe climbs too high on the inner side; the inner and outer side should be almost level with each other.

fakeback2.jpg

Real:
realback.jpg

3) Here's a view of the top of the shoe. You can see that the inner side of the shoe next to the laceholders is thicker than it should be. Also, the two white leopard print sections that hold the laceholders are way too straight. I've never seen a pair of XIII's that straight in my life.
faketop2.jpg

Real:
realtop.jpg

4) Take a look at the soles. On the real XIII's there is visible red paint in between the white herringbone sections and the black strips, almost a purposeful imperfection. The fakes don't have these; also, the green jumpman circle is a little too neon.

fakesole.jpg

Real:

realsole.jpg

to be continued...
post #2 of 11
nice post
post #3 of 11
i want to cop 13s now i got this to help me out THANK YOU now we need a post about the VI
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
5) In this view of the inner side of the shoe, you can see that the leopard print circles do not match up with the real XIII's.

fakeinnerside.jpg

Real:
realinnerside.jpg

6) Here are some fake Black/Varsity Reds. The firs shoe is way off and doesn't even have the top two lace holders. The second one is better, but still fake. On the Black/Varsity Reds, the leopard print area should be cloth-like, not leather, and it should have little grey flecks from the reflective paint, and this part should reflect a camera flash.
fakeblackvarsity.jpg
fakeblackred2.jpg

Real:
realblackred2.jpg
realblackred.jpg

6) Lastly, just use common sense. Don't buy shoes in a style/colorway that was never produced, and always use your resources. Look up pics and style numbers at air-jordans.com, retrokid.com, jordanextreme.com, or kicksology.net, and always check a seller's reputation, location, and other items for sale. Always ask questions BEFORE bidding.

Fake Chutney Mids:
fakechutney.jpg

Real Chutney lows:
realchutney.jpg
(pic copyright InStyleShoes)

Fake White/Navys:
fakewhiteblue.jpg


Feel free to add anything you know about fake XIII's, as well as any comments or suggestions. I hope to see more posts like this in the future!
post #5 of 11
realtop.jpg

THis is a real pic and doesnt the Jumpman on each tongue look different? One looks.. well a bit pregnant or something..

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post #6 of 11
wow! and i thought fakers couldn't bootloeg holograms. i hope the retros don't fog. thanks
post #7 of 11
Quote:
THis is a real pic and doesnt the Jumpman on each tongue look different? One looks.. well a bit pregnant or something..


Yeah, with the XII's and XIII's the Jumpmans are sometimes bigger.
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post #8 of 11
Nice post man. Especially with the fakes having a fake hologram now instead of a sticker. >:
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post #9 of 11
nice post. I HATE FAKE 13s:x>:
Love is opening A Box of Fresh XIIIs
post #10 of 11
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3) Here's a view of the top of the shoe. You can see that the inner side of the shoe next to the laceholders is thicker than it should be. Also, the two white leopard print sections that hold the laceholders are way too straight. I've never seen a pair of XIII's that straight in my life.


^^^ neither have I :lol , well until i saw variants..........:|:|:|:|:|
good post by the way.............:smokin:smokin:smokin
variants:$0
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seeing someone with variants and they say theyre shoes is customized: priceless
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post #11 of 11
This is a wonderful post. Thank you for the help, and I'm sure you'll save your fellow Jordan fans some agony the next time they're in the market for a pair of AJ XIIIs.

This post will be copied to the FAQ section immediately, but if anyone else would like to contribute to the AJ XIII fakes guide - please continue to post your information here.
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