Authentic Nikes generate millions in income each year, and counterfeiters try to take advantage of the situation by selling fake Nikes. With a closer look you can distinguish the genuine from the fake Nikes. Nike is known worldwide by its renowned tick symbol. Nike (pronounced Naiki, after the Greek goddess of victory) clothing, footwear and other sporting goods was founded in 1968 by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman. The brand is known for the "Just Do It" slogan. These shoes are endorsed by the highest level athletes in many sports.
Look closely at the shoe. Nike shoes are made with the highest quality standards. If you see frayed seams or that the sole has come undone from one of the shoes, even slightly, then it may be a forgery. The pictures below show the seams of a fake nike shoe.
Evaluate the material. Take the shoes, try to feel the leather or fabric and try them on. Nike uses only leather and other high quality materials to make their shoes. If the shoes feel soft and flexible then you're probably looking at a real product. If the shoes are hard, rigid and uneven they are likely to be fake.
See if the shoes have PHYLON soles. If so, they should be very soft and should return to normal after folding. If you notice that the soles are not smooth and do not quickly recover their shape, you are looking at a fake Nike shoe.
Look at the label on the Nike shoe. Forgeries may be misspelled. Do not trust the source of the shoe because Nike manufactures worldwide. Moreover, authentic Nike labels in the interior of the shoe have a black sign in white letters reading: nikebetterworld.com. Most fakes will have the "Made in China" sentence at the top.
The picture below does have the nike site written on, but this label is just a sticker, real nike shoe labels should be sewn at the tongue of the shoe.
If you try your nike shoes on, you will quickly notice the difference between the quality of real ones and fake ones too.
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