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Here's How to Spot Fake Sneakers

Learn a few practical tips from an authenticity expert.
Here's How to Spot Fake Sneakers
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Learn a few practical tips from an authenticity expert.

Nowadays, counterfeiting shoes has turned into a rampant quick buck industry. While it's easy to sniff out fake ones sold on sidestreets or market places, the aunthenticity of sneakers from online stores are a little harder to decipher as some expert imitators have clearly nearly mastered the art of reproducing copies of high-end sneaker brands. To avoid getting duped, Insider brought on sneaker authenticity expert Sean Conway to teach us a few tips and tricks we should keep in mind when checking for a real or fake sneaker. Read up below on some of the cool tricks we learned.

Check the insole.

According to our shoe expert, brands don't usually glue the insole inside the sneaker. That means that glued insoles, or ones with visible messy glue stains within the shoe are dead giveaways for faux pairs. Another telltale sign is the price tag at the bottom of the insole. Real pairs should have these price tags attached to the insole, as opposed to the fake ones that don't.

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Check the insole for a price tag.
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Look out for glue stains.

Again, glue stains are a total giveaway as they're obvious signs of sloppy construction. Check for any excessive stains, especially around the midsole of your sneakers.

Make sure to check for errant glue stains.
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Note the size tag.

A cool trick that we learned from Sean is to check the size tag of your shoe, particularly the last four numbers at the bottom. Each shoe's number should be different, so pairs with the same four digits at the end are most likely fake.

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Examine the size tag.
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Check the tabs.

Sneakers with heel tabs at the back should have a perfect finishing to pass through the brand's quality control, as opposed to the fake one (left sneaker) in the photo below with a clearly messy tab.

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Can you tell which one is real by assessing the heel tab?
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Check out the full video below to learn more!

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