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 streetwear
expert for TheRealReal. I started out collecting sneakers when I was around 15 years old because of my love for
skateboarding and basketball. Here at the company, I
authenticate 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 know
exactly what they have because they’re bought from third parties or from websites that don’t
authenticate 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, and
certain telltale signs that you can tell from the
sticker 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 counterfeited
shoe is the Yeezy Adidas. It’s not that hard because
it’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, we
use black light tests, and so there’s a lot of different ways to kind of figure out whether
they’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 on
the very bottom of the tag on the right and left
shoe, 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 this
one, 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 I
thought 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 this
has, like, a cushion. – Honestly, the first thing
I would look at with these is just the overall construction
and quality of materials. This is more of a hairy suede. It’s supposed to be
more of a smooth nubuck. – Oh, that’s true. – And also you can see the
difference in the two colors, like the red is a little bit
darker on this faux pair. If you just look at the
back 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 two
insoles next to each other, you’ll see that a lot
of 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 technically
have bigger font as well, and if you look at these, the
size 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 a
little 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’ll
see 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 probably
watching 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 reminiscent
of a Converse Chuck Taylor, which is like a classic style that will stay timeless
throughout 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 more
comfortable on your foot. It kind of maybe wouldn’t
move with your foot, whereas this one is a little stiffer. Yeah, and I don’t think
it’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 unpolished
tag 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 pick
these 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’ll
see 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 time
it started to oxidize, and the color is starting to change, so that just shows
inferior quality as well. When you look inside, you’ll
see you some inconsistencies. – Oh, ew, yeah. – You’ll see the GG monogram throughout the interior of this shoe, whereas on the faux
shoe, 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, like
Christian Louboutin, even Louis Vuitton, Gucci, because of their quality of materials and the craftsmanship that
goes into producing them. You’ll find that the knockoffs
are just inferior in quality. – So their brand is going
through something right now, Gucci is going through some controversy. Does that devalue the shoe? – Of course, of course. You’ll see consignors
starting to bring in stuff when a designer is going
through 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, these
shoes released for $160. Now, depending on condition, they could sell anywhere
from like $1,000 to $1,600. Caroline: Oh wow, so these
are 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 the
real sign on this shoe. This one just feels a
little, like, bubbly. – OK, yeah. – Like you can poke through
it, 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’s
more 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 bottom
of 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 they
didn’t get it right. – I feel like they even got the color of the stitching right, though. Like this one, the left pair
is 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, but
for this pair they did. – They did. Wow, that’s a major giveaway. I can’t believe I missed
that, 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 least
see 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 thought
this was the real pair, but the material on this
seems 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 of
seems very spread out, and I feel like you have to know the text that Balenciaga writes with to
get this one apart because… Sean: That’s a big telltale sign. – Yeah, it’s two different fonts. I’m not familiar with
it, but I’m gonna go, I’m gonna go with this as the
real and this as the fake. – You are right. – Yes, yes. With the stitching here, you’ll
see that it’s really messy, the word is almost, it’s not
straight, 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 on
this shoe than on this shoe. This flexes all the
way back. It shouldn’t. The overall construction
is a little bit poor, but you can just see some spacing and some inconsistencies that
you wouldn’t normally see. There’s a lot of videos out
there for real versus fake that all of these counterfeiters
are watching daily. You know what I mean? So they’re trying to figure
out what people are noticing and trying to adapt and fix
that as soon as possible. So yeah, we’re always
trying to stay ahead, and they’re always trying to play catchup.

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100 Comments

  • Is that Pnina Rosenblum @1:29 ?

  • Resale is dumb. If its expensive for retail 9 times out of 10 its because it's going to last

  • Wonder how many a layman would pick without an a/b comparison.

    The yeezies looked scary close

  • Do you know where to buy the cheapest and best shoes?see my head portrait, in putian a best fake shoes usually is just $100,it is really

  • I wonder on how many real shoes he has seen an examined closely and if the control are all the same.

  • What difference does it make when the fakes are just as ugly as the real ones?

  • Real of fake, but anyone who pays $2800 for a pair of sneakers is a REAL FOOL.

  • 7:41 every hypebeast literally crying

  • Someone please tell me that nobody actually wears those ugly as Payless looking Balenciagas.

  • These videos doesn't make sense… obviously you can tell fake from original if you are comparing

  • 2800 for some fugly dad bod nikes?? Id be pissed if you didn't buy the fakes

  • Lol

  • Clearly didn’t go to Chan sneakers lol

  • What's the point 😐. Nobody will know if its fake or real.The miser in me vouch for the fake ones 😄

  • in the first sight its really hard to tell which is fake pretty smart forgers

  • Wait, why would I spot fake sneakers??

  • They really be selling dad shoes for 2 thousand dollars

  • I feel people that make this type if video buy their fake from dhgate or aliexpress

    And not buying the good fakes

  • So there's almost no good way to tell a real sneaker from a knockoff.. but thanks for the info

  • Still not worth buy original !!!
    When I can buy almost same for 80% off!

  • This channel is as fake as China.

  • This girl only got one wrong lmao I wonder if this dude asked himself the value of his work after. Like some random girl came in and just did his job just as well lmao

  • No guess what sweatshop they came from

  • Wow these shoes look bad and cost a pretty penny too

  • I shop at shoe carnival.

  • the people who wear fakes know they can be spotted. but when you're walking down the street wit those fakes no one can really tell so whats the difference? only if theyre good fakes that is

  • Fake or real they still look trash 😁😁😁

  • I only see the red mark on her chest right side😝😝😝

  • easy, if the price was expensive then its real. when its cheap, its fake.

  • So the only difference is where you buy it. Since at the beginning of the day its made from the same person

  • Me going through the video as if I'm about to buy such expensive shoes. I'm good to go with the Flip Flops.

  • I don't care much, actually.

    I have been several times to US, and pretty much every piece of clothing, or shoes I have bought, say "Made in [insert Asian country here]".

    And I am not a luxury buyer either, so yeah.

    But I guess that this vid will be important for people who compensate their low self-esteem by buying stuff worth a 5-digit figure. In such cases, price and originality of course is important.

  • Is funny how people like the 2nd sneakers just because they are $2800..They ugly as F

  • Real n fake have same function. Cheap price is the most important thing

  • Well now I want a fake pair of those mars yard 😂

  • Thenk yu. I ken naw mek fek shus dat looka nat fek.

  • ostia puta se parece a santi abascal

  • The ones that have SAMPLE on the tag , are samples from the store, or just super fakes

  • I'm cringing when she is creasing the gucci shoes

  • She is gorgeous tho

  • Stupid Video!!!
    How to Spot Fake Shoe??
    Ofcourse it ezy to do if u buy 2 pair any compare it!!!!!…wht if u only hv only 1 pair???????can u show that????

  • Were can i get the fake one xD

  • I buy all mine at footlocker or the Nike store

  • TheRealReal is notorious for selling fakes

  • They are both made in china and both are bad quality shoes. For that money u can make ur own shoes with durable materials

  • nothing wrong with faux as long as you pay faux prices. I would be wounded if I paid top dollar

  • Overpriced vanity,

  • He looks like a Christmas elf

  • This dude could use his “rep” and sell knockoffs every now and then

  • Oh my god.. My entire sneaker collection is fake!!

  • Who cares real or fake. As long as it can cover my feet's and walk around. Never wanted to keep the shoes in showcase and watch for it.

  • 5:09 kill me, kill me now

  • bro those are some bad fakes you gotta get some from uncle lin or h12 batch

  • Wow, this is useless

  • First world problems. Hahahahha

  • soo this video just proves that there isnt much of a difference and you shouldnt really care ? dunno thats what i got out of it

  • High quality fakes nevertheless, they should have just go and make their own luxury brand with those skills.

  • Should've renamed this vid to exposing a hack and overrated store

  • girl has more makeup on than a street whore

  • So its impossible to figure out while its on your foot …

  • "nike standard" qc. lol. And yet we have many retail travis scott aj1s with crooked swoosh.

  • When she creased the Gucci ones!!
    I’m dead!! 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  • 2:45 Where exactly is the "0749"?

  • Whenever I walked into the Adidas store with my new Yeezy’s, the first words out of the sales reps mouth:

    “Excessive glue stains around the midsole”

  • Your Fake sneakers still cost more than my real sneakers

  • he's HOT

  • yeezy busta: AM I A JOKE TO YOU

  • Those ugly ass Nike’s are $3,000????

  • What's the shoe at 0:13

  • Well if that's the case then I've gotten some counterfeit shoes from actual retailers because they have mistakes on them too

  • Am I the only one noticing that she just looks if the shoe has been worn and then picks that one for the real one 😂😂😂

  • Next time i'm going for shopping i will never forget to bring my 1000$ real shoe with me 😎👌

  • COUNTERFEITERS WANT TO KNOW YOUR LOCATION

    they can use this video to improve their fake shoe manufacturing!

  • Sometimes sneakerheads are like EA, 2,800 for some normal looking pair shoes 🙈😂

  • i normally wear fakes… that just me… i save quite a lot of money

  • They forgot to smell test

  • those arent even top notch bootlegs fam

  • Honestly unless it’s a colorway I’ve never seen it’s legit impossible to tell if something’s fake walking past someone. Plus unless you’re at some like sneaker con event no one is going to come up to u and harass u for wearing fake shit

  • The easiest way… real cost $200– fakes $30!!! 😲 Im to intelligent for this WORLD!

  • Fake Best

  • repfam anyone ? 😭💪🏼

  • I tought "real" is just a fairy tale.. Never knew it exist..

  • 5:36 and 5:40
    savage asian teleports

  • Sometimes fake shoes Made on same material as ORI

  • She knew like nothing about sneakers and she creases the Gucci Taylor’s so much

  • Who cares of it's real or fake all your doing is wearing them and getting them dirty

  • Those balenciaga are absolutely UGLY

  • 7:37 ?

  • Moonrock Don't cost 500$ it cost like 1000$!!!!!!!

  • i wear shoes not brands

  • Which made in China sneaker is more made in China than the other.

  • I paused the video to see the numbers 0749 (yeezy pair) but there's no 0749 on the last digit number. 🤔

  • Michael Jackson at 2:40 😱

  • Isn't it funny how the most uncomfortable, unpractical, and ugliest shoes are the most expensive? I don't think I have ever spent more than $80 for sneakers… The only brands I buy are Converse and Nike running shoes hahahhahaha

  • I barely get the tips on how to spot a fake sneaker.what if the ' fake sneakers' manufacturer seems to improve and reappear their product as perfect as authentic one ? Perhaps there is solution or tools anyone can help me ?

  • Nobody mentioned that zip-tie on those Off-White Nikes!

  • She creased the Gucci shoes real bad

  • Those designs are so over-rated. Its like a brick attached to the foot.

  • Try spotting our fake sneakers, good luck with that 😉

  • Perfect video

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