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  • - If I were to go to a meetup and someone handed me this

  • shoe, there's no way my mind would go, "This is fake."

  • - I'm Jerome, I'm a sneaker authenticator at GOAT, and GOAT

  • is the largest marketplace for sneakers.

  • Nike is the most counterfeited brand in the world.

  • In 2015, GOAT was established to help solve the problem.

  • I've been collecting sneakers since 2002. I've been a

  • sneaker authenticator for two years.

  • Shortly, we're gonna have some of our friends come by

  • and try to guess between some of our real and fake shoes

  • and see how good they do.

  • Now, these are the Jordan 1 off-whites designed

  • by Virgil Abloh.

  • - This is impossible, okay--

  • - I tell people usually, what are you looking at--

  • - I'm looking for the stitching right now.

  • The stitching sometimes is sloppy on fake Jordans.

  • Well, that didn't work because it's pretty clean.

  • Okay, let's feel the quality of the leather.

  • Oh I don't know what the quality of the leather is on the

  • off-white because is it tumbled?

  • - It's straight, it's smooth straight leather.

  • - I'm gonna go with this is fake.

  • - Oh man, is that your final answer?

  • - Well, you do know the answer, right?

  • - Is that your final answer? You're putting everything on it

  • - Uh, it's an educated guess based on just the craftsmanship

  • of the shoe.

  • - You're gonna be rocking some fake shoes

  • because you got it wrong.

  • - God damn it, yeah okay.

  • - We have the Jordan 11 'Bred' or Playoff 11. These were

  • made famous when Jordan came back and won his fourth

  • championship with the Chicago Bulls.

  • - So, immediately I am flummoxed by this because these look

  • identical. I have a guess, I studied for a very long time.

  • This is the real one. I'll say why, even though I'm probably

  • about to look real stupid. On the stitching on the tongue

  • here, this seems like kind of a looser stitch compared to

  • that. This just seems a little tighter, this is a little

  • more frayed and loose, this looks a little bit more

  • like, legit. So I think this is probably real.

  • - Okay, which one smells off to you?

  • - This one smells off. This one smells like a new shoe, this

  • one doesn't have a smell.

  • - We'll be putting you in training.

  • - Oh my God.

  • - [Jerome] These are the Jordan 1 'Banned', they

  • came out in 2016. These were made famous because

  • Jordan wore these, this colorway that was banned and the

  • NBA actually covered the fine every time he wore them.

  • - Let's just go with clear look and color, seems even

  • on both. There's a little fray here, a little bit.

  • Are these worn, brand new, never worn?

  • The stitching on here is a little bit more worn, for sure.

  • This is clean, clean lines we got going on here. These

  • lines are a little bit more frayed, as you can see.

  • They're a little more fluffy, if you will. It's not

  • on par with the Jordan brand normally.

  • - That gave me nothing, I don't know.

  • These smell minty fresh, are these worn? I could be wrong.

  • I probably am wrong. I'm gonna go with these are real.

  • - Yeah, you're right.

  • - At least I went one for two, 50%, that's good.

  • That's like Ben Wallace-style free throws.

  • That's fine, he played in the NBA.

  • - [Lauren] These are real, these are fake.

  • See? It so threw me off, I was like, this, okay--

  • - [Jerome] These are the Jordan 11 2016 Space Jams.

  • People call it Space Jam but he actually wore these before

  • the movie was even made.

  • - Okay, let's see what we've got here. The inside tag

  • of this one looks pretty standard. The inside tag of

  • this one shockingly looks pretty standard.

  • - I was looking at this little tag here on the tongue,

  • just because I think as much as you can perfectly copy

  • something, there's something about the Jordan symbol.

  • They look really different, and this one just seems a little

  • bit like it's trying to copy. This is the real shoe.

  • This is the fake shoe. Am I right or wrong about that?

  • - I redeemed a little bit myself.

  • - This one is the real one, because it has the

  • cleaner look on that little carbon fiber pattern.

  • Now tell me why I'm wrong.

  • - You're actually right.

  • - I'm pretty much an expert at this.

- If I were to go to a meetup and someone handed me this

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Sneakerheads Try To Spot The Fake Jordans

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    Samuel posted on 2018/05/18
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