A lot of different guides appearing online these days, helping educate people about buying fake Yeezy’s but still so many being sold on eBay by unaware buyers. Use this guide for legit check:
The Box – as usual the fake boxes seem to be made of thinner inferior material and as such they are usually damaged in some way. This is pretty much the first thing I look for, creases and dents are a giveaway.
For some reason a lot of fake or replica Yeezy Boost 350’s don’t have their boxes constructed in the right way, the sticker with the sizing should not be on the side you pull out.
The Sizing Sticker – I’ve seen very good fake stickers that have a near perfect amount of detail but usually these look different in some way. Genuine stickers have a well proportioned silhouette of a man whereas fakes will have either short/fat ones or just generally squashed. The “Yeezy Boost 350 V2” font should look well spaced and sharp, fakes often look a little blurred or too close together.
The ape sticker – genuine boxes will have a small round “ape” sticker on the base of the box, I’ve not seen these on any fakes; on the Zebras the number is 35 (this varies between colourways).
Box contents – there should only be 1 pair of shoes, 2 sheets of paper and an APE sticker inside – if you find a plastic bag, keying or pair of socks it’s likely you’ve been duped.
The Stripe – another clear indication of a fake pair of Yeezy’s is the size and shape of the stripe that runs down the side and front of the shoe. On the Zebra’s it’s a little difficult to notice, more so than on something like the Oreo’s. These particular fakes had a much shorter stripe than the real pair and the stripe size was much wider.
The “Sply-350” writing – genuine lettering should be well spaced and about 2 or 3 stitches wide across, these fakes clearly have thinner letters and are at a slight angle.
The inside heel – surprisingly this is one of the most obvious way to spot a fake on a pair of yeezy boost 350 V2 Zebra’s. The 3 stripes that run down the back should be pure white with the material around being just off – on a fake fair this isn’t so noticeable. The stitching on a real pair is clearly visible but hidden under the material on the fakes, it should clearly be seen around the outside.
The pull tab – often been a tale tail way of spotting a fake pair of yeezy’s – the Zebras are no exception, the space to put your finger in should be well structured, the fakes appear to be looser.
The back stitching should have 8 black stitches inside the white box (which is smaller white stitching), no more no less – these have 11!
The Front – oddly the fake pair of Zebra’s seemed to rise up at the front, whereas the genuine pair appeared flat. The plastic from the sole on the fake pair also looks more cream than white.
The knit stitching – probably the most noticeable difference in the V2’s is the white and black knit pattern close up, the fakes have much thicker almost triangle shapes whereas a real pair has a line.