Haute Top 5: Ways to Tell if Your Yeezys are Authentic

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The Adidas YEEZY Boost 350, perhaps one of the most sought after shoes of 2015, has created quite the buzz in the fashion world. Obtaining a pair has been feasible only to those who would be willing to camp outside a Barney’s New York or a Foot Locker for up to two days just for a chance to get them or to those willing to pay up to $2,000 on the resale market. Like most items that are in very high demand with little quantity, it has caused everyone from the normal everyday employee to celebrities to do anything and everything to get their hands on a pair. Factories in China have been producing fake “replicas” of the shoe and many people are trying to sell them as authentic, scamming thousands of people out of thousands of dollars. An Instagram account by the name of @yeezybusta has made it his mission to educate others about the differences between Authentic and Fake Yeezys, and inform those (even celebrities) who have been scammed with fakes. At first glance, one might not be able to tell the difference between the two, however when compared side-by-side, there are quite a few discrepancies.

To stay up to Date with Yeezys and how to spot fake ones, check out a blog yeezybusta is part of, The West Effect.

Here are the Top 5 Ways to tell if your “Pirate Black” Yeezy 350s are authentic according to @yeezybusta:

1 The Pattern

The real shoe (Right) shows the the authentic pattern, notice how both the left sides on both shoes are identical and the pattern on both right sides of both shoes are identical. The pattern on the left side should curve towards the center of the shoe whereas the pattern on the right should go straight to the front of the shoe. The fake shoe (left) does not demonstrate the same pattern. The pattern is "mirrored" on both sides of the shoe, also, the pattern is straight and does not curl towards the center of the shoe.

2 The Pull Tab (Located On the Heel)

If the stitching "box" on the pull tab is not centered (like the picture on top) it is most likely fake.

3 The Laces

The lace tips on the authentic shoes are a matte black. The fake lace tips are a plastic material and a glossy black and as you can see, much lighter.

4 The Adidas and YZY Logos (Located on the Suede Patch on the insides of the shoes)

The imprinted Adidas Logo (pictured) is very defined whereas on the fake, it is harder to see.

5 The "Boost Window" (Located on the bottom of the shoe under the heel)

Authentic Yeezys should have 7 groups of 7 dots on the boost window aligned as they are in the photo here. If you have the shoes in hand, feel the material. The shoes should be soft and spongy. The material on the fakes is hard and feels like plastic.
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