Nike Cortez

Learn how to spot fakes with a 27 step guide

Created 2015-05-19 ©goVerify, Inc.

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27 point

1. Profile

Learn how to spot fake Nike Cortez's with this detailed 27 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.

3. Retail Box

New Nike Cortez's are boxed in a strong shoe box usually featuring the Nike logo on the lid and sides. Color and style of boxes can vary according to style and year. Check the box carefully for any errors in brand logos, alignment, spelling and overall finish quality. Remember real shoe boxes can accompany fake shoes.

8. Heel Profile

Cortez's are famous for their narrow EVA midsole, take note of how much narrower the midsole is that the shoe upper when viewed from the heel. Also check that the lower heel area of the upper has a uniform curve as it tucks under and joins the foam midsole.

15. Laces

Nike Cortez's have high quality flat woven laces, make sure the weave in the laces is tight and even. Check that the lace tips are sealed in a tight plastic cap with no loose threads showing.

27. Outsole Join

Nike Cortez's have a full length EVA foam midsole for added comfort and elevation over rough surfaces. This midsole has a perfectly flush join to the herringbone outsole. Make sure there is no excess glue showing along the join line and that there is no lifting between the two.

Retail Box
Box Label
Date Code
Box Construction
Side Profile
Heel Profile
Heel Stitching
Heel Logo
Stitch Detail
Toe Box
Lace Stitching
Lace Panel
Tongue Structure
Tongue Fabric
Tongue Logo
Tongue Label
Inside Label
Midfoot Lining
Collar Lining
Insole Logo
Sole Pattern
Sole Logo
Outsole Join

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