Learn how to spot fake Nike Free 5 Flyknit's with this detailed 30 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.
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Nike retail boxes feature a label on one side detailing barcode, style name, size, color, country of manufacture and a style number. The style number is usually 9 digits long, the first 6 digits represent the style and the last 3 digits represent the colourway. Check that this style number matches the one located inside the shoe and on the sales receipt. Tip 1: Do a Google image search for "Nike"+"style number" to check the colourway. Tip 2: scan the barcode with a barcode scanner app, the exact product including size should be correct.
Nike Free 5 Flyknit's have a Phylon midsole for lightweight support during foot strikes. Make sure the join between the Phylon midsole and outsole is neat and clean with no glue or paint marks showing.
If you remove the sockliner you will see the stitching joining the insole to the upper. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Also look for the positioning hole drilled into the middle of the heel. This is also a good opportunity to check the one piece Flyknit upper, make sure there are no join lines.
The trademark feature of the Nike Free 5's is flexibility and range of motion. This can be demonstrated by twisting the shoe. Take note of how easily the flex grooves allow the individual blocks to separate, the shoe can almost be twisted a full 180 degrees.