In this guide LegitGrails team will share the best tips on how to legit check Off White Jordan 1 Chicago's with some exclusive fake vs real comparisons. For your convenience, comparisons are available throughout this guide. In case you still have doubts after reading this authentication guide, feel free to reach out to our team of experts for some extra help.
1. Overall Shape Method
The first step when authenticating Off White Chicagos should be checking the overall shape of the shoe. This is often the most difficult aspect for the fake Off White manufacturers to copy, as they do not have the correct shoe schemes.
As indicated by the blue lines in the real vs fake comparison below, an authentic shoe would have a more pronounced backside heel curve. You can also notice a slight difference in the colour of the two shoes, as authentic pair.
The replica sneaker has a brighter shade of red, while an authentic sneaker would have a deeper and darker shade of red. For a better understanding, refer to our fake vs real Off White Jordan 1 comparison below:
2. The Medial Text Method
Now, let’s inspect the medial text which is shown in the fake vs real comparison. Here you may notice the overall inconsistency in spacing between the letters of the fake Off White AJ1 Chicago medial text. This can be easily noticed when comparing the two ‘USA’ texts or the printing of the ‘1985’.
Another useful tip would be checking whether the ‘™’ text on your pair is of the correct size. This part of the medial print often looks way too big on the replica pairs, whereas authentic pairs have this detail looking much smaller.
On this fake vs real comparison below you may also notice the difference in the quality and texture of leather.
This will be further discussed in this guide, however, just may still notice the smooth look of the authentic Off White AJ1 Chicago leather. We are mostly referring to the area under the ‘Oregon’ printing that can be seen in the fake vs real comparison below:
3. The Height of the Heel Method
If you were wondering how to legit check Jordan 1 Chicago Off White, you could check the height of the heel of your pair. This method might be harder to employ in case you do not have a confirmed authentic pair in hand as a reference. However, it is possible to get the gist if you look at the real vs fake comparisons below.
In the first comparison, you may notice the slight difference in the height of the shoe. Sometimes, the size difference might be the cause of this gap on height, however, these pairs are only ½ sizes apart, hence this is a definite sign of the show being counterfeit.
In the following example you may notice another common flaw what is often present in Off White replica. Fake Off White manufacturers rarely manage to copy the authentic Chicago heel shape. The height of this red leather area should be around the same size as the midsole + the outsole from the side.
Meanwhile, the unautorised shoes show an obviously smaller red leather ares. This inconsistency is indicated by the blue lines in the photo below.
You should also verify the “AIR” text printed onto the midsole. You can easily spot authentic pair by looking at this text, as replica pairs would have it looking messy: too thick or too thin.
An authentic pair would have this text looking like the authentic one circled in the authentication comparison below:
4. The Deconstructed Heel Method
If you want to know how to inspect your pair, you should definitely inspect the heel. The texture of the heel is a crucial aspect when carrying out an Jordan 1 Off White legit check. An authentic pair of Off White AJ1 Chicago would have this leather in the heel area looking very messy, with no particular pattern being respected.
It is often very hard for the fake Off White producers to achieve this look. So the replica heel would right away look artificially deconstructed, often symmetrical and patterned. There would be less of a relaxed and messy feel to it, which is easily noticeable in the fake vs real Off White AJ1 Chicago comparison below:
5. The Deconstructed Foam Method
Next, to learn how to legit check Off White Jordan Chicago, inspect the outer side of the shoe. There is a detail that should be definitely included into every legit check procedure. This piece of the deconstructed foam must clearly show from underneath the suede material is you look at an authentic pair.
A fake Off White pair would have this piece of foam looking too thin or not show at all. Refer to our photo example below to notice the difference described:
6. The Orange Tab Method
When inspecting the orange tab on your Jordan Chicago Off White shoes, you should pay attention to the stitching around it. A replica pair would have this tab sewed onto the shoe using very thin threads. You can easily notice this crucial difference in the comparison below.
Another aspect that you must pay special attention to when carrying out Jordan Chicago Off White legit check is looking at the blue stitching at the tip of the Nike swoosh. When looking at an authentic pair, this blue stitching would not look thick or tight. The opposite: the blue stitching on an authentic pair would look somewhat relaxed and yet consistent.
As you can see in the example comparison below, the fake blue stitching takes up more space and looks messy. This is often noticeable in unauthorized pairs:
7. The Nike Swoosh Method
The seventh method is going to explain the Nike swoosh verification. The Nike swoosh is a crucial part of the Off White Nikes, as this detail can easily tell sign of fakes.
First, check the position of the Nike swoosh relative to the midsole. Fake Off White Nikes tend to have the swoosh being placed too close to the midsole. An authentic Off White AJ1 Chicago pair would have considerable space left between the Nike swoosh and the midsole. This is indicated by the blue lines in the photo down below.
Then, you should inspect the overall look of the Nike swoosh on you Off White Nikes. Please notice the authentic shape of the Nike swoosh on the real Off White AJ1 example, which shows a more sudden curve, compared to a flatter arc of the Off White Chicago replica. The replica Off White shoes also tend to have the tip of the swoosh looking too round and thick.
All these differences are clearly shown and indicated by the blue lines in the reference below:
8. The Leather Thickness Method
This method is vital when carrying out the authentication in real life, as this may not be easy to tell by looking at the photos. This method requires verifying how the leather of your Off White shoes feels to the touch. In particular, verify the thickness of the leather used in the eyelet flaps near the toe box.
When touching the eyelet flap shown - a thin and smooth feel would indicate an authentic pair, while a thick and inflexible feel would mean that you most probably have a fake Off White pair in hands.
9. The Front Toe Method
When using the toe box method, you must pay attention to several very important points here.
Firstly, verify the texture of the leather part of the toe box. An authentic Off White Jordan 1 Chicago toe box material would look and feel somewhat grainy and have more texture to it. Meanwhile, as you may notice in the reference located just below, a fake toe box would have the leather looking firm, without any noticeable flaws. This very manufactured look would be a clear sign of an Off White replica, as the real pairs tend to look more deconstructed and relaxed.
Another important detail to consider: the thickness of the outsole showing from the front of the toe box. The comparison highlights how much would the authentic outsole show, when looking at the toe box from the front. On the contrary, a fake pair would often have the outsole show just a bit, which would result in a very thin red line showing from the front.
For a clear understanding of the points described above, refer to the fake vs real example below:
10. The Toe Box from Above Method
Now we will learn how to authenticate Off White AJ1 Chicago toe box from a different angle. When utilising this method, verify two very important aspects.
First comes the Off White Nikes toe box stitching. An authentic Off White AJ1 pair would have the double stitching placed very close together, which is clearly shown in the explanation below. A double stitching that has too much space between the sews would most definitely indicate a replica.
Then comes the mesh material at the top of the toe box that must also be verified. The mesh material must have ivory colour (a yellow undertone to it), and should never look fluorescent/ blue/ snow white. This applies to the authentic Off White AJ1 Chicago as a whole yet this difference can easily be spotted when looking at the toe box from above. To understand it better, refer to our image below:
11. The Air Jordan Logo Method
The next key step in the process would be looking at the Air Jordan logo on the leather eyelet flap. As you may notice in the comparison below, the lines of the authentic Air Jordan logo look much thinner. While the fake Jordan logo lines look much thicker, and the logo overall looks much larger.
Please refer to the reference point below and pay attention the ‘O’ letters to better see this difference in thickness of the letters.
Another important detail you should check is the finish of the Air Jordan logo. A fake Off White Chicago pair would often have a much glossier finish, compared to an authentic Air Jordan logo. The legitimate pair would have this logo looking rather matte, and you can see this difference in the beautiful comparison below:
12. The "85" Flap Method
This method of how to spot fake Off White AJ1 Chicago requires you to verify two important aspects: the “85” printing and the quality and thickness of the flap itself.
First, on the interior side of the leather flap you should find the “85” printing. Often, the Off White replicas have this printing looking very thin. The printing must look thick and defined, and you should also be able to find an Air Jordan logo ‘shadow’ on the interior side of the flap. This “shadow” is very well shown in the authentic Off White AJ1 example.
Second, you should verify the quality and the texture of this leather flap. Unlike the other leather parts of authentic Off White AJ1 Chicago pair, this “85” leather flap must feel thick. There should be a blushed look to it, especially if you are carrying a a worn pair.
However, watch out for this ‘manufactured’ and too intense look.
13. The Zig Zag (Spiky) Detail Method
This is a very useful tip as the fake Off White manufacturers rarely pay attention to such small details. When lifting the leather flap we discussed earlier, you should be able to see this zig zag pattern near the eyelets.
A replica Off White Chicago pair would right away show a major difference in the shape of the little spikes. You can notice how flat the replica spikes look when compared to the sharp and tall authentic leather spikes.
Additionally, you should verify the start and end of this pattern, as an pair would have a smooth, curvy start and a sharp end. On the other hand, Off White replica would often miss this smooth start; this flaw is pointed out in the contrast image below.
14. The Foam Edge Method
Now, let’s pay attention to more details that unauthorised Off White manufacturers would often miss. This deconstructed foam is an important aspect of any Off White AJ1 Chicago pair, and it must be sharply cut. Notice the difference between the Off White replica and the real foam.
15. The Front Side Tongue Method
Moving on, inspect the tongue of your pair to carry out a reliable AJ1 Chicago Off White authentication. This step requires you to pay attention to several aspects so be careful when using this method.
- Pay attention to the shade of white throughout the authentication process. The shade of the white details (such as the tongue) must be ivory (white with a yellow undertone) rather than snow-white.
- Verify the stitching around the tongue of your sneakers. An authentic Off White pair would have little extra fabric left around the stitching,
- AJ Chicago Off White authentication would not be complete without checking the position of the NIke Air label on the tongue. The bottom end of the Nike Air label stitching must be placed right below the red horizontal double stitching.
16. The Tongue Foam Method
This method is a very useful addition to the unauthorised Jordan Chicago Off White authentication guide. Remember: the foam should be thin and have ivory (white with a yellow undertone) colour!
There are two comparisons below to make sure you perfectly understand the difference. You may also notice how perfect and clean the Off White replica foam looks compared to the authentic one, which has a very defined deconstructed look to it. This is what an authentic Off White AJ1 Chicago pair must look like: messy and deconstructed.
17. The Insole Method
Another way how to legit check AJ1 Chicago Off White would be inspecting the insole. There are a few key details on the front side of an Off White insole that would easily giveaway an unauthorised pair:
- Find and check the gripping dots (pyramids/ bumps) at the top part of the insole. These dots must have a defined texture, a texture that would be noticeable even in the photos.
- Analyse the printing on the front side of the insole, which is located in the heel area of it. ‘THE TEN’ writing must be located in the very center of the rectangular box. Similarly, the white Off-White arrows must be located in the very center of the square black box;
- The white printing must be bright and clear.
18. The Size Tag Method
Our guide would not be complete without mentioning of the size tag. In the below comparison you can notice the major difference between a real and a fake pair. This difference is the frame that surrounds the size tag.
In essence, you should be able to see the black fabric seeming through the white frame of an authentic pair. The counterfeit pair would have this frame being more thick and less transparent compared to the authentic one.
19. The Outsole Colour Method
Coming closer to the conclusion with this guide we will look at the outsole of the shoe. To use this method you should be able to notice the colours very precisely.
Here is what we mean by that: you should be able to notice the fact that the authentic outsole has a less intense red shade, while the fake outsole has a darker shade of red. This can of course differ with the lighting but you get the list: unauthorised pair would have an insole of a deeper and darker shade of red.
20. The Outsole Asterix Shape Method
The twentieth step of this guide would be inspecting the aretix pattern on the sole. By this we mean looking at the small stars (asterix) located around the edge of the outsole.
The asterix on an authentic Off White outsole would be placed rather randomly, compared to a perfect pattern that could be found on a copy outsole. Notice how close together are the asterix on a fake outsole.
This is easily noticeable in the Jordan Off White Chicago photo below. You can also note that the fake stars (asterix) are looking rather small compared to the ones on an authentic Off White outsole.
21. The Outsole Nike Logo Method
Approaching the end of this guide, we hope that you have learnt many tips on how to authenticate Off White AJ1 Chicago. Here is another one: do not forget to analyse the Nike logo, which is located in the middle of the outsole.
Another flaw was that the Nike logo seemed to be much straighter on the authentic outsole, while the fake Off White Chicago outsole had this logo tilted downwards (to the right). This is indicated by the blue circles with the example photo shown below.
Lastly, make sure that the Nike swoosh on the outsole has the correct form. It is easily noticeable that the replica Nike swoosh has round tips. On the contrary, an authentic Nike swoosh has sharp tips, which justified the authenticity of this pair.
22. The Zip Tie Method
To finalise this guide on how to spot fake Jordan 1 Chicago Off White, let’s analyse the zip tie that should come with every pair. This method is similar to the outsole colour method, yet in this case the authentic Off White zip tie has a darker shade of red. A fake Off White zip tie would have a dull red colour when compared to the real one. Do not forget that the lighting can change the colours as well!
We have also noticed that the authentic Off White zip tie is larger in width and shorter in height, and looks more narrow. While the fake Off White zip tie looks bulkier, being smaller in width and taller in height.