Houston, we have a problem…
They’re getting better…fake replicas of Adidas Yeezy Boost in many models, spanning from the 350 low to the 750 high.
Fortunately, we can quickly identify fakes using these easy pictures below.
We’ll attack that issue by educating with this guide that will include 3 different models of some of the most popular (and thus most faked) Adidas Yeezy Boost:
The OG Yeezy 750 Boost, and two colors of the first 350 v2.
These models are popular because they were trend setters for the Yeezy brand.
Real vs Fake: Adidas Originals x Kanye West Yeezy Boost 750 “Light Brown” OG B35309
This is the one that started them all, in February 2015 on Valentine’s day, where ‘Ye marked the beginning of his love affair with the brand with 3 stripes.
With a current market value of between $1500-$2000 and highs of $3000, if you’re in the market for a Yeezy 750 Light Brown, a legit check is necessary.
Here is a series of close up pictures to help you out with this–all of legit 100% authentic Yeezy 750 OG so you don’t get confused with comparisons, plus I don’t like to mess with fakes or replicas at all.
Compare these pictures to the rare pair you have or want to buy, these are the best indicators of authenticity of whether or not they are fake.
Be especially cautious on eBay, where more than half of the listings are replicas.
Even GOAT and StockX have been known to let fakes slip through, despite their guarantee for 100% legit shoes.
Your best bet is to work with an individual seller and ask for pictures from these angles so you’ll have a good comparison to work with.
Legit sellers don’t mind taking requests, especially when there’s good money involved. The best have good customer service so if they’re afraid to send pictures, it’s also a red flag that the shoes are replicas.
Ok let’s begin with the Yeezy 750 Boost
Yeezy 350 Boost V2 2016
Kanye went kind of crazy with the 2017 drops of the Yeezy V2 Blue Tints and Beluga 2.0s.
The originals are the best in most cases, and although the Yeezy “Beluga” was the first V2 350, its value diminished with a very similar Beluga 2.0 that is worth as low as half of the first model.
The second iteration of the 350 V2 was a smash hit: 3 black Yeezys released on the same day in November of 2016, each of them perfectly painted with a colored “SPLY-350”.
The white “Oreo” colorway stripe was the most widely available as a “general release” (still limited in Yeezy terms) and the colored versions, which included Red, Olive and Copper remain classic and should go up in value in the next coming years.
They are a lot more minimalist compared to the busy stripes of the later V2’s that looked like the Belugas Zebras but in many different colors like Frozen Yellow and blue Tint, which got mixed reviews and lower than expected resale value.
Here we have pictures of the “Olive” and “Copper” colorway from November of 2016 for you to compare to.
As listed with the 750’s, every single picture is of an authentic pair. No fake pictures are in this post, so you don’t potentially mix the two up.
We’ve taken pictures from the best angles and close ups that will give away fakes quickly and easily.
Adidas Originals x Kanye West Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Olive” BY9611
For the Olive 350 Boost, we will be taking a look at very close up pictures of the finer details of the primeknit, including speckles of colors and knitting patterns that verify authenticity.
Adidas Originals x Kanye West Yeezy Boost “Copper” BY1605
These detailed photos above included critical details that separate real Yeezy Boost 350 and 750 from fake or replica, which I’ll summarize here:
- The texture of the upper, for both the Yeezy Boost 750 and the Yeezy Boost 350 v2:
- Whether it’s suede or primeknit. A lot of times, the fake factories skimp on good suede or they go overboard, and with the primeknit, it’s hard to copy their patented technology that results in highly detailed patterns that you can see in the pictures above
- The color speckles in the primeknit for the Yeezy 350 v2 in all colors. Note the subtle dots and their spacing and color. Many fakes fail to look like authentic for this minute component
- Translucent sole and the transition from black/greyish to tan (the color that results from the black transparent and the white boost beneath it)
- Minimal glue, no glue that’s out of place in any section of the shoe, particularly where the sole meets the upper and where the side sole mets the bottom sole.
- Legit receipts, which some fake manufacturers are making convincing copies of, but their lack of legitimacy becomes apparent in the minutae when you see real store ones from adidas and Foot Locker pictured above
- One last thing to note is the smell, fakes are notorious for smelling plasticy while the real ones don’t.
- Be sure to check for all of the above things even after you bought the shoes, sometimes scammers have pictures of the real shoes but they turn around and ship you fakes.