How To Spot Fake Sneakers

– You are correct.

– Yay, awesome, awesome.

– Yes, yes, you are correct.

– My name is Sean Conway.

I am the sneaker and streetwearexpert for TheRealReal.

I started out collecting sneakers when I was around 15 years old because of my love forskateboarding and basketball.

Here at the company, Iauthenticate and price all of the high-value items that come through our luxury consignment office.

We receive knockoffs every day.

Very often that customers don’t really, or consignors, don’t knowexactly what they have because they’re bought from third parties or from websites that don’tauthenticate their goods.

– We are here with all of the sneakers.

We have some real ones and the fake ones, and I’m gonna try to tell them apart.

You said the first step is the box.

– Yeah, so when I first get the sneakers, the first thing I do is look at the box, and I look at whether the box is damaged, whether it’s intact, andcertain telltale signs that you can tell from thesticker and other things.

The only difference in the two boxes is if we turn them around, you’ll see on this one there’s like a WP stamp, which should not be on this sticker.

I mean, that would make me question it.

– OK.

– I wouldn’t say these are fake, but that’s like my first red flag.

– OK.

– So these are the Yeezys.

This one’s definitely been worn.

There’s some, like, wear inside, which makes me think that it’s real.

The fabric feels a little soft, good.

I think this one is the real pair, and this one is the fake pair.

– You are correct.

– Yay, awesome, awesome.

– Yes, yes, you are correct.

The most counterfeitedshoe is the Yeezy Adidas.

It’s not that hard becauseit’s just a knit material on, like, a Boost sole.

They’ve gotten pretty good at imitating the Boost technology, and so there’s really good knockoffs.

We use weight tests, weuse black light tests, and so there’s a lot of different ways to kind of figure out whetherthey’re not authentic.

If you’re looking for a counterfeit, you want to be looking for any excessive glue stains around the midsole.

When you look at the faux pair, you’ll see all these different spots that show up that shouldn’t be there.

So on the inside of the shoe where the size tag is, you’ll see some numbers, and the last number onthe very bottom of the tag on the right and leftshoe, the last four digits of those numbers should be different.

And if you look at the faux pair, tell me what you see there.

– It is 0749.

– And it’s 0749 on thisone, so they’re the same, and so you never want to see that.

– This is I think a little harder to tell apart than the Yeezys.

This one has more of like a clear tip.

Ooh, this is more comfortable, this heel.

I don’t know.

OK, I’m going to say Ithought this was the real one, but now I think this is the real one.

And my final answer’s gonna be this one.

– This is the real pair.

– Oh, OK, I should’ve gone with my original instinct.

OK wait, why? ‘Cause thishas, like, a cushion.

– Honestly, the first thingI would look at with these is just the overall constructionand quality of materials.

This is more of a hairy suede.

It’s supposed to bemore of a smooth nubuck.

– Oh, that’s true.

– And also you can see thedifference in the two colors, like the red is a little bitdarker on this faux pair.

If you just look at theback of these two shoes, look at the finishing on the heel tab.

Caroline: Right over here, kind of sloppy.

Sean: Right, it wouldn’t have passed through quality control at Nike standards.

Caroline: Wow.

Sean: If you look at the twoinsoles next to each other, you’ll see that a lotof the font and stuff is more spaced out and bigger on this pair than it is on the faux pair, and technically this is a bigger size, so this should technicallyhave bigger font as well, and if you look at these, thesize tag should be attached to the bottom of the insole.

– Oh, OK, that gives it away, very cool.

– And so that’s always gonna be there, and you can see this is alittle bit off-centered.

Just like the overall weight is wrong, like this is a lot heavier and stiffer, this is a lot more flimsy.

On the real pair, it should say, “champion athletes throughout the world, ” and on the faux pair you’llsee that they missed that.

It just says, “champion athletes, ” and they’re missing”throughout the world.

” – Oh, it’s one extra line, guys, you could’ve gotten that right.

– Well, they’re probablywatching this video, and then be like, – I know.

– they’re gonna change it.

– Yeah, all the shoes are gonna say “throughout the world” now.

Caroline: So now we have I believe these are Gucci sneakers? – Yes.

– OK, and these are popular shoes? – Oh, for sure.

I mean, it’s reminiscentof a Converse Chuck Taylor, which is like a classic style that will stay timelessthroughout our generation, but Gucci and other companies, obviously, try to do a similar style.

– Just by feeling this, this definitely has a softer leather.

I feel like it’ll be morecomfortable on your foot.

It kind of maybe wouldn’tmove with your foot, whereas this one is a little stiffer.

Yeah, and I don’t thinkit’ll be very comfortable, and I also feel like this tag is just a little more polished.

Maybe that’s how Gucci is supposed to be, but I feel like the unpolishedtag is gonna be the one.

So I’m gonna go with these are the reals, and these are the fakes.

– You are right.

– Yes, yes.

– Yes, yes, you got this one right.

What to do when I pickthese up, obviously, is like I said, I look at the materials.

You’ll see that this is kind of just, it almost feels a little bit wrong.

Moving in closer, you’llsee this little fishing wire that is kind of sewn all the way around the edge of the patch.

– Yeah, it’s like the cheap wiring.

– And you would never see that in an authentic pair.

Obviously, the rubber they used to make this midsole was just an inferior rubber, and so throughout timeit started to oxidize, and the color is starting to change, so that just showsinferior quality as well.

When you look inside, you’llsee you some inconsistencies.

– Oh, ew, yeah.

– You’ll see the GG monogram throughout the interior of this shoe, whereas on the fauxshoe, you’ll see nothing, and the stitching is also really messy.

Caroline: Oh, it’s so messy.

It’s like glue.

– And they also did glue it, so normally they don’t glue it.

– OK, they just.



– Gucci doesn’t glue their insoles.

So if you have any glue stains, or if it’s like excessive, the red flag is up, and, yeah.

– Yeah, then you know it’s fake.

– Start questioning it.

– The glue gives it away.

– I would say the hardest to knock off are the higher-end, likeChristian Louboutin, even Louis Vuitton, Gucci, because of their quality of materials and the craftsmanship thatgoes into producing them.

You’ll find that the knockoffsare just inferior in quality.

– So their brand is goingthrough something right now, Gucci is going through some controversy.

Does that devalue the shoe? – Of course, of course.

You’ll see consignorsstarting to bring in stuff when a designer is goingthrough some controversy.

We saw it with Dolce &Gabbana when Stefano Gabbana was doing some crazy stuff on Instagram.

And then with Gucci, you’ll see that as well because of their latest controversy, yeah.

Value tends to drop a little bit, but not really, honestly, because there’s customers worldwide that are shopping the brand all the time.

– How much were these shoes originally, and how much do they sell for now? – Originally, theseshoes released for $160.

Now, depending on condition, they could sell anywherefrom like $1, 000 to $1, 600.

Caroline: Oh wow, so theseare like good collectibles to have.

Sean: Yeah, these are good ones, yeah.

They were designed by Virgil Abloh, the creative designer of Louis Vuitton.

– For this one the sole is very stiff, and this one is just, like, there’s more flexibility.

Nike usually makes pretty good soles, and so, I wear Nikes.

So they have good flexibility.

I feel like this is thereal sign on this shoe.

This one just feels alittle, like, bubbly.

– OK, yeah.

– Like you can poke throughit, that’s what I’m doing.

I think this is real, and this is fake.

– You are correct.

– Yes, wow.

– Yes, again.

So on this pair, you’ll see that the “AIR” is a little bit too raised and rubberized, whereas on this one, it’smore of a matte finish, and it’s printed on.

On the bottom of the shoes, you’ll see two little rubber nods.

Right here, at the bottomof the A and the R, and “AIR” on the outsole, and if you look at the faux pair, you won’t see the two nods.

You’ll see one, but theydidn’t get it right.

– I feel like they even got the color of the stitching right, though.

Like this one, the left pairis white.

Oh, no, I’m wrong.

– There you go.

You did it.

– I’m totally wrong, wow.

So the inside stitching of the left pair is like a silver stitching, and the right is red, and then these two are both red.

– They’re both red, yeah, yeah.

– Ooh, does Nike always have two different colored stitching? – No, not necessarily, butfor this pair they did.

– They did.

Wow, that’s a major giveaway.

I can’t believe I missedthat, well, for a little bit.

– One last thing, obviously, to look at is the printing, the way that the off-white printing has been printed on the shoe.

If you look at the real pair, it’s never gonna be super clean, but you should at leastsee consistency throughout.

So you’ll see the letters are all white, and they’ve been printed on the shoe, whereas on the faux pair, they’re almost gray, and it’s very faded.

The Balenciaga Triple S, they call it the Triple S because it’s supposed to be three outsoles glued on top of each other.

So one, two, and three.

– At first I thoughtthis was the real pair, but the material on thisseems a little softer, so maybe this might be the real pair.

But, and I’m looking at the writing, and this one seems really perfect, and this one kind ofseems very spread out, and I feel like you have to know the text that Balenciaga writes with toget this one apart because.



Sean: That’s a big telltale sign.

– Yeah, it’s two different fonts.

I’m not familiar withit, but I’m gonna go, I’m gonna go with this as thereal and this as the fake.

– You are right.

– Yes, yes.

With the stitching here, you’llsee that it’s really messy, the word is almost, it’s notstraight, it’s kind of moving, and you’ll see, like, the B on this shoe is bigger than the B on this shoe.

The letters are thicker onthis shoe than on this shoe.

This flexes all theway back.

It shouldn’t.

The overall constructionis a little bit poor, but you can just see some spacing and some inconsistencies thatyou wouldn’t normally see.

There’s a lot of videos outthere for real versus fake that all of these counterfeitersare watching daily.

You know what I mean? So they’re trying to figureout what people are noticing and trying to adapt and fixthat as soon as possible.

So yeah, we’re alwaystrying to stay ahead, and they’re always trying to play catchup.