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How to tell fake or genuine Nike Air Max

fake or genuine Nike Air Max

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What are the best ways to tell fake or genuine Nike Air Max? Our illustrated guide will show you the clues to look for and avoid being ripped off by counterfeiters.

The Nike Air Max 90 have been an integral part of the Nike running shoe collection for years and have a huge fan base. Even if the Nike Air Max was developed as a running shoe, it has now become sneakers and casual shoes and is just as at home on the streets of the metropolises as on the tartan track.

In addition to the cool and colorful design, Nike sneakers like the Air Max are also popular due to their great comfort. This is achieved through a flexible sole and very good air cushioning through the integrated air cushion.

The Nike Air Max 90 is available in various materials such as leather, synthetic leather or textile and from pink to black in all imaginable colors. Even though these many styles do not make it easy to explain counterfeit features, we will now explain the main features of Nike Air Max 90 counterfeits and fakes.

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Best ways to tell fake or genuine Nike Air Max

Nike Air Max label

The inner label varies depending on the model, design and size.
However, the structure with which the information is printed is identical.
Pay attention to these things:

The type number of the Nike sneaker shown on the label must match the type number in the Nike online shop. Check this out simply by visiting the Nike website.

On the inside label of the shoe strap, a date is printed twice in the format MM / DD / YY (for example 12/31/15) under the size information.

Nike Air Max lettering and Nike Swoosh logo

The Nike Swoosh logo must be cut uniformly and the seams are approximately the same distance from the logo.

The letters of the AIR MAX lettering stick out and are often varnished. The color must not come off.

If the AIR MAX lettering is only varnished and cannot be felt, it is a fake.

Nike Swoosh and Air Max logo - fake or genuine Nike Air Max

Nike Air Max air cushion / air pad

With the original you can look through the air cushion on the other side of the sole.

In the original Nike Air, the knobs that protrude into the air cushion from above and below narrow towards the center where they meet.

In the case of counterfeits, the air pad is usually very cloudy so that you cannot see through it.

With the Nike Fake, the knobs sometimes have different colors than the sole in the area and also look as if they were not part of the sole.


Nike Air insole

In the original, the insole of the sneaker shows the “Nike Air” lettering with the Swoosh in between. This lettering must not come off even if it is used multiple times if it is an original.

Nike Air insole - fake or genuine Nike Air Max

Other counterfeiting clue

– Nike Air Max 90 are never sold in clear plastic bags, but in a box.