On the second episode of real vs fake our authentication team compare an authentic pair of Jordan 1 Retro High Travis Scott sneakers against a counterfeit. If you’re curious about copping a pair of Air Jordan 1 x Travis Scott retro high sneakers or are curious about spotting fakes, then this video is perfect for you. Thanks to our own Professor Shaz and Burberry Bams, the video outlines what to look for to make sure you cop a legit pair.
The AJ1 celebrates Travis Scott as the record label founder and Houston Texas native. The sneaker comes with a brown upper, a reverse Swoosh, white accents, a hidden pouch and a brown sole. The sneakers were released on the 11th of May 2019 and are retailed for $175/£165.
As the demand for these sneakers is high due to its rarity and popularity, this, unfortunately, results in a large number of counterfeits entering the market. At KLEKT our authentication team have outlined the differences between an authentic pair of AJ1 and it’s counterfeit, to help protect the legitimacy of your purchase. As the AJ1 is sold out in-store, you can purchase the sneaker on KLEKT
One of the easiest ways to spot a fake is by the box. The condition of the box plays a crucial role in determining whether the sneakers are authentic, a counterfeit box may be damaged due to poor packaging and thus being damaged during shipment, where the authentic box will be in good condition. It’s important to check if you are buying in the EU and the item has a US price label if so it is worth investigating where it originally came from, ask for proof of purchase, ideally an invoice/email from a reputable stockist in the seller’s name. The authentic label should appear crisp and clear.
Examine the box by checking the numbering on the barcode. On the replica, the numbering is printed poorly and on this version, it is slightly thicker. The authentic version has clear and crisp numbering, with defined edges. You can also see on the replica, the printing has signs of smudges of the ink, and on the authentic version, there are none.
The Tissue Paper
Our team considers many factors to ensure you get an authentic item, even down to the paper that is included in the box. In the comparison below you will see the print quality on the replica paper is poor and the ink shows signs of smudging. Another difference in this version is that the lettering is thinner in weight compared to the original. In this version of the replica paper, the R and D in the word Jordan do not join like that of the authentic.
Now we have completed all checks on the box, it is time to look at the shoes in detail.
As sneakerheads, we know that new shoe smell, according to our own Professor Shaz and Burberry Bams an authentic Air Jordan 1 x Travis Scott Retro High, will have a powerful varnish smell. While the replica smells like glue. The smell test is one of the easiest giveaways when it comes to determining an authentic sneaker.
On initial comparison, it can be quite hard to spot any differences between the real and fake pair. It is clearly very accurate. However, one of the points which we look at is the distance between the end of the swoosh and the first eyelet/hole for the shoelace. In the below example both are UK10/US11, and the gap will vary dependent on the size. To make sure you are getting an authentic item, buy on KLEKT.
Also on the toe box, the authentic sneaker has a tumbled leather theme throughout, where the replica uses a cheaper leather that comes across crackly.
One of the major factors in identifying the replica is the size of the Air Jordan logo, the Jordan wings logo on the replica is too glossy compared to the authentic logo. We also take into consideration storage conditions, as different conditions have different effects on a pair of sneakers.
Production in different factories can also show inconsistencies in authentic pairs. At KLEKT it is an important factor for us is to know what to look for when authenticating items. We have a large extensive library of confirmed authentic pairs which we use as a reference.
The UV Test
Exposing the toe box to UltraViolet (UV) light, you can see that the material under the perforations/holes in the toe box lights up a brighter colour in the updated replica version, compared to that of the brightness on the authentic pair which is more of a dull white.
What you will notice in many replica pairs is that the laces have carelessly been packaged, they also seem to be a little thicker than the authentic ones. The packaging of the laces on the authentic pairs come neatly packed, whilst they can also become loose and have a similar look to that of the replica, the majority of the time they will appear this way if they are deadstock/new and have not been taken in and out of the box many times. So, this is really just an additional point to consider when making an assessment.
How you can spot a fake Travis Scott Air Jordan 1 retro high in 15 seconds:
– Check if the box is damaged
– Check if you can see right through the text print on the shoe box paper
– Check if the shoe smells like glue
– Check if the Jordan wing is too glossy, every detail matters at the KLEKT Authentication Lab.
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The rarity of the Air Jordan 1 x Travis Scott retro high results in a large number of counterfeits entering the market. To help our customers spot replicas, and to help protect the legitimacy of your purchase, make sure to watch the YouTube video now.
Our authentication team here at KLEKT, hope you have enjoyed the latest episode. If you are ever concerned about copping a pair of Air Jordan 1 x Travis Scott Retro high, then make sure to cop your pair at KLEKT to secure an 100% authentic pair.