Learn how to spot fake Nike Air Max 1's with this detailed 28 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.
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The tongue is made of a lightweight breathable mesh on the outside and a soft lining on the inside. Make sure the join between the two halves is neat and straight with no stitch line showing.
Nike Air Max 1 Essentials will have an outsole glued to the PU midsole, you can see the join line just below the Air Unit window. Make sure the join is clean and straight with no glue marks showing. Make sure this oustole is not lifting off the midsole anywhere. This is also an opportunity to have a close look at the fine texture of the midsole.
Most Air Max 1's come with sockliners, remove the sockliners and look underneath. Check that the sockliners have a Swoosh logo debossed into the rubber. Make sure the debossing is clean with sharp edges.
The outsole and PU midsole of Nike Air Max 1's are made from a lightweight material that is highly flexible. This flexibility can be demonstrated by bending the shoe without much force.