Nike is one of the most well-known manufacturers of sportswear and equipment, which means that, according to the laws of the market, it is most prone to attacks by “pirates”. It can be difficult to come to terms with the disappointment that arises after the discovery of a fake, because, as a rule, you pay attention to it only when the coveted shoes begin to rub corns or simply fall apart. How not to fall for the hook of fashionable filibuster? Let's try to figure it out.
Rules to follow when buying
The first thing to watch out for is the price . Original sneakers, even on a total sale, cannot cost 2 thousand rubles. If you are offered to buy a Nike pair for less than 5 thousand - you do not need to be an expert to make the right conclusion and refuse to buy.
The entire size range presented at such a sale is also a sure sign of fake . Unsold collections are put up for a real sale, and accordingly, the sizes will be “slow-moving”. You can verify this very simply: go to the official website of the manufacturer and find information about sales of past collections.
Appreciate the product
Material, eyelets, laces, insole, sole
The first thing we pay attention to is the material from which the shoes are made:
the skin should be smooth, evenly stained, creases and skews are excluded;
- eyelets should be flush with the surface, and holes for the shoelaces - of sufficient size, evenly trimmed and neatly stitched;
- shoelaces can also become a “beacon” of a fake, since in pirated copies their length often does not correspond to the model - they simply can not be tied up with a normal knot;
- it is worth paying attention to the type of lacing: it should be neat, uniform and the same on the left and right sneakers;
- the insole of the original models should be easy to remove and be made of soft material of medium thickness; in addition, it should have a clear company logo.
Important! If a neat stitch and logo are visible under the insole, then the sneakers are most likely original.
The sole may be one of the main signs of a fake. Nike makes it from a complex composite material, so the surface should be matte and soft, non-slip . If it is rigid and shines like plastic, then you will surely have a copy.
Important! The logo itself on the stripes can also become a hint: the high “tail” of the checkmark should completely cover the lower part of the letter “E”. If part of the stick “peeps out” or, conversely, overlaps, this is a 100% fake.
Inscriptions, mistakes in words
Oddly enough, but such incidents also occur. Before you go shopping, it’s worthwhile to open the official Nike website and see how the name of the company and the model you plan to purchase are spelled correctly . Any deviations from spelling are a clear sign of fake.
Important! The logo on the original pair is embroidered only with satin stitch!
Packaging, box, smell
And one more important point: if when trying on a nose there is a steady smell of chemical production, then you can refuse to buy without regret . The original sneakers have a pleasant smell of genuine leather and high-quality synthetics.
Barcodes, article number
Today there are special programs for gadgets that can help identify counterfeit : the device reads a combination of numbers and gives a match in the original model line ... If it is, of course, there is. Any search engine will show the same effect.
Important! The vast majority of Nike sneakers are made in Asian countries, where labor is much cheaper than in the United States. Therefore, the inscription on the label "Made in China" is not necessarily a sign of fake.
This sign can also be an indicator of the originality of shoes. If, for example, a leg length of 25 cm corresponds to a size of 39, rather than 41, then the likelihood of buying real Nike increases significantly.