1. Box lamination
The classic blue adidas box of the NMD PK shows a subtle 'boost' lamination which is slightly darker than the base colour. Just like the one on an Ultra Boost box, it covers two adjacent sides and usually starts where the box tag is applied.
Real or fake adidas NMD Runner PK OG - Box lamination
2. Box tag
As always, checking the shoe name and sizes on the tag is mandatory – but you're also seeing a tiny picture of the model itself here. While the legit box shows an almost wedge-shaped silhouette, fakes often go bananas in full sense of the word. If they can't even get the shape on a pic right, don't think that they will on the actual shoe.
Real or fake adidas NMD Runner PK OG - Box tag
3. BOOST sole
You might remember this one from our YEEZY 350 fake check: the white BOOST material features small embossings which can be seen through gaps in the outsole. They are located where the blue forefoot plug is placed in the midsole.
adiReal or fake adidas NMD Runner PK OG - Boost sole embossings
4. Midsole plugs
The red and blue (on the black OG) midsole elements are not part of the BOOST material – they are seperate elements which are cut into the midsole. Make sure that both the spacing and depth of the notches are even in the back, while the forefoot plug should have a clear adidas writing with the trefoil logo on it.
adiReal or fake adidas NMD Runner PK OG - Midsole plugs
5. BOOST pins
Not only the bottom of the BOOST material, but also the sides show fine signs that need to be in the right place. Here you can have a good look at the small pins which are located between the midsole plugs and also in the back of the shoe.
adiReal or fake adidas NMD Runner PK OG - BOOST pins
Pic via Bombaclad
6. Three Stripes
The adidas signature logo on the side panels should still show the texture of the underlying Primeknit material. They are pressed into the upper and shouldn't stick out anywhere.
adiReal or fake adidas NMD Runner PK OG - Three Stripes
Pic via hct85
7. Collar shape
To ensure a seamless fit, the ankle collar of the NMD features two bulges left and right from the front. The collar pattern needs to follow these curves even
9. Heel logo
In the back of the NMD Runner, an overlay with embossed adidas lettering and trefoil logo. A small trademark '®' is located above the 's', with a slight drift to the right.
adiReal or fake adidas NMD Runner PK OG - heel logo
Do I even to tell you the obvious here? the boost is clearly white on the authentic pair but grey and black on the fakes. That’s probably the most noticeable difference you will catch right away.
The labels are completely different on both boxes; this is the regular NMD R1 with a mesh construction. The fake one has the “PK” on the label which means the shoes were built with the “primeknit” material- absolutely false. Now some might say the boxes do not have the same color but I just bought a pair of the white NMD R1 from DTLR, and the size 11 came in a blue box while other sizes came in a black box. So I wouldn’t just focus on the color of the box.
The Adidas NMD’s have been the hottest pairs here in Manila so there’s no doubt that so many fake replicas are being sold to the market daily. This article teaches you how to legit check your Adidas NMD. Different NMD designs from Primeknits, Mesh and etc. have been released so Sneakstreetph will generalize different ways on how to spot fake ones from the real.
2. SHOE COLLAR SHAPE
Fake collars are very still, stiff, and do not curve-in all the way through the shoe. The real collar snugs in creating a very secured circular fit. Also, the collar of the authentic NMDs should have bulges in both the left and the right from the front part creating soft curves, where as the fake ones would have the collar standing up straight.
3. PINS PLACEMENT
Pins, dots, dimples or nipples whatever they call them, all the real Adidas NMD shoes have them. They are located on the sole on the bottom, between the stabilizer blocks (the two small rectangles on the side) as well as the midsole. The sole on the bottom has to have SPECIFICALLY 4 pods on the side that have clumps of pins inside them. The midsole should have EXACTLY 3 pins per column, 24 pins all in all. Now, squint your eyes and get to counting
4. SLANTED MIDSOLE
A real NMD shoe has a slightly slanted midsole when seen in side-view. The slanted midsole feature comes significantly higher off the ground compared to the inauthentic ones.
5. SIZING TAGS INSIDE
Authentic NMDs have the correct Adidas shoe information. Check the numbers seen in the bottom of the tag inside, the digits from of the tag inside both pairs of shoe should differ.
6. BOOST TEXTURE
Lastly, fake boosts are a little bit shinier than the real ones. All real boost soles have a more imperfect texture either seen or touched compared to inauthentic pairs.
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