Tips to help you out
It’s a scourge of Ebay and a threat to everyone looking to pick up boots they’ve missed out on. Almost every person I know has had trouble figuring out if some boots they have found are fake or not. I recently have had my own issues with this. I (thought I) found a new pair of 2005 adidas F50+ in the white and red colourway. Super stoked, e-mailed the seller and got the price knocked down. Then I thought to myself that they seemed off. The original model was more of a silverish white instead of a plain white. The logo and details were off as well. Thus, this article.
Probably the biggest and easiest thing to look for, especially if you want to pick up a classic Pred or F50 is that people who make fakes almost never make soft ground models. They will copy the firm ground and even the artificial ground soleplates when they make the fakes, but you will very rarely see a soft ground layout. This is because soft grounds are some of the worst sellers in general so the people making fakes want guaranteed sellers.
Another thing to look for, and what helped me out, is that the colours rarely match up the with the real models. The shade always seems to be ever so slightly off. It is worth comparing them side by side, if they are not using a stock photo. This is more difficult than it used to be because a lot of the most desired boots cannot always be found in stores and many people order their boots online these days. So it’s worth pulling up a picture from a retail site to comparing. In the case of older boots, I recommend looking for old reviews and the like for pictures.
Something that is not always mentioned is the size tag. It is somewhat easy to figure out the style numbers for most boots just by searching online. It’s worth double checking make to sure the style number matches up with the retail model. Sometimes sellers of fakes will go to the trouble of matching the numbers, other times they will not. It is worth checking this.
Always check the details. Almost always the stitching and the little details on fakes are off. In the case of the boots I found, the adidas logo had stitch lines connecting each stripe of logo to the one next to it. A lot of boots these days have lots of detailing throughout the boot so it’s worth going through the photos and again comparing it to photos from a review or retail website.
If it seems to be good to be true, it almost always is. Not only is this axiom handy in everyday life, its pretty useful here too. Check the website’s URL address to see if it is secured. Most sellers of fakes won’t bother for their own sites. On Ebay, you would be amazed at how easy it is to figure if someone is selling a fake just by asking them what is wrong with the boot for them to sell it so cheap. If they reply nothing, it is almost certainly a fake.
Hopefully, this is a handy guide of what to avoid when buying boots. Let me know which points I have missed and make sure to share this with your friends. Please also follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!