How to Spot Fake Adidas Yeezy 500

How to Spot Fake Adidas Yeezy 500

In short, the most important to note are the small details. Pay attention to the silhouette of the heel and the toe box, focusing on textures and materials. Next, inspect the tongue, the insole and the outsole, and don’t forget about the size tag.

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Adidas Yeezy 500 authentication: The Rear Side

Our Yeezy 500 legit check begins with the shape of the sneaker, specifically, its rear side. The fake sneaker has a slightly different shape at the rear side, as the heel seems a bit more steep.

The midsole and the lower outsole should have the same color. Here the fake pair has its midsole a creamy color, but the outsole is more yellowish. These small differences in colors can be spotted throughout the whole shoe. However, if you spot a difference like this, it doesn’t always mean the product is a replica. Sometimes it can be explained by differences in lighting in photos.

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How to spot fake Adidas Yeezy 500: The Midsole Details

Outlined with tumbled leather, the midsole is designed like bulky pods with an Adidas logo stamped on it. Did you know that the sole of Yeezy 500 features adiprene technology, which is supposed to give your foot cushioning for more comfortable running and a bouncy feeling?

Let’s begin with examining the textures. Comparing the fake Vs real Yeezy 500, we can notice that the mesh is a bit smaller on the real one. Also, the tumbled leather should be more wrinkly, while the fake one looks too smooth. Lastly, the stitching dividing the mesh and leather parts is too visible, while the original one is hidden.

Next, let’s look at the Adidas logo. The OG one looks much more distinct, clearly stamped, whereas the fake is more flat and doesn’t have the same 3D effect. This logo also has some excess dots that clearly should not be there.

How to spot fake Adidas Yeezy 500

Fake Vs Real Yeezy 500: The Tongue

The tongue has a complicated structure: constructed with mesh, it has suede tabs forming the eyelets, and a leather layer in the middle keeping the shape of the tongue. 

Firstly, the leather part needs to be longer than the way it is on the counterfeit. 

Secondly, it is important to make sure the shoelaces are original. Of course, it’s difficult to do having just the picture, but if you are able to hold these sneakers in-person, this additional method will help you. The shoelaces should be well-structured and rather firm (not easily separated). However, they must also be elastic and stretchy. If you have a pair of old shoelaces laying about, compare the quality of those to the Yeezys you have. Obviously, the Yeezy laces should be superior.

Finally, the stitching needs to be neat, with every sew looking exactly like the other ones. 

Fake Vs Real Yeezy 500

Fake Yeezy 500: The Toe Box

The toe box is constructed using suede. It is interesting that even the texture of the suede plays a role in authenticating Yeezy 500. Suede in legit pairs is soft and pleasant to touch. However, the hairs are not too long and not too short -- just the perfect length. The color should be even as well. Now look at the counterfeit shoe. The hairs are too long, the color differs from place to place. Of course, a feature of suede is to change colors depending on the lighting, but still, there should not be any particularly dark or light spots on the toe box.

The shape of the toe box differs quite a bit too. The authentic one is more round and short, while the counterfeit one is more boxy, long and bulky. 

And finally, the stitching on the fake example is much less delicate and careful, as some stitches differ in shape and size.

Fake Yeezy 500

If you want to read more about Yeezy authentication, check other guides from our library: Yeezy 380 Mist, Yeezy 700 V3 Azael

Real Vs Fake Yeezy 500: The Heel

The heel has a pretty interesting structure, as it combines 3 different materials overlapping each other. This is exactly what you need to focus on.

Firstly, the top suede part is too big compared to the legit one. The mesh, on the other hand, is smaller.

Of course, the most essential part of the legit check is the sewing. As you can see on the close-up picture, sews come too close to the border, which makes them appear untidy. The stitches are also too small in comparison to the real ones. 

Real Vs Fake Yeezy 500

Replica Yeezy 500: The Outsole

The outsole may seem hard to authenticate because it has a lot of funky details and patterns. We will keep it simple to not make you too confused.

The outsole is done entirely in rubber, and it is the first of the Yeezy models which does not feature the Adidas Boost technology. Due to that, in terms of comfort you can expect it to be a bit stiff. It does not mean that the shoe isn’t authentic.

Next, we will take a look at the “non-marking” text on the lower half of the outsole. This writing should be distinct and well stamped, deep enough to make it easily readable. Apart from that, you can notice that the counterfeit has slightly more rounded and bold letters. 

Replica Yeezy 500

Yeezy 500 legit check: The Insole

Firstly, it is important to note that the insole has 3 logos printed on it: the Adidas logo, the Yeezy logo and the Ortholite logo. The last one is a newer addition, since older Yeezy models did not have Ortholite insoles. What it means is that real Yeezy 500’s insoles have pods on their backside which are supposed to add comfort. 

However, the insole itself is rather thin. There is not much interesting going on, so we are just going to focus on the logos.

The original Yeezy logo has thicker letters than the fake one. You can notice the same tendency continuing with the ® sign on the Ortholite logo. Although usually thicker letters raise concerns, this model is the opposite. Replicas of Yeezy 500 usually have thinner letters on the insole. 

The last difference, which is a rather small nitpick, is that the fake letters are more glossy in comparison to authentic, more matte, letters.

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Yeezy 500 real Vs fake: The Size Tag

The last point for today is the size tag. 

First of all, notice how most of the letters on the fake tag are smaller and thicker than on the original. It is especially noticeable when looking at the “Made in China” letters, which are too small and too far from the edge of the tag. 

The product code letters at the bottom are fuzzy and hard to read. This is often the case with inauthentic products, so look out for flaws like that.

Yeezy 500 real Vs fake

Are Adidas Yeezy 500 comfortable?

Since they don’t feature the Adidas Boost technology, the sneakers feel more stiff and firm compared to Yeezy 350 or 750. They are still comfortable, but some note that the 500’s are the most difficult to get used to.

Do Yeezy 500 run small or big?

Neither! Yeezy 500’s run true to size, unless you have wider feet. In that case, going half a size up will be perfect for you.

Where do I get my Yeezy 500 authenticated?

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