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How to spot fake

Vans Authentic (pre 2017)

in 17 steps

Created 2015-05-21
Modified 2017-09-12
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17 point

1. Profile

Learn how to spot fake Vans Authentic's with this detailed 17 point step-by-step guide by goVerify.

4. Box Label

Vans shoe boxes feature a label on one side detailing style name, size, colour, barcode, 6 digit style number, PO# number as well as a production date. Make sure there is also an illustration of the sneaker which matches the sneaker style. Tip: scan the barcode (even a photo of one) with a barcode scanner app, the exact product including size should be correct.

6. Heel Inside

Inside the heel of Vans Authentic's there will be a support panel stitched into the upper. Make sure the stitching is tight, neat and evenly spaced. Make sure the double stitch line follows the shape of the panel perfectly. Check that the taping along the collar folds over the edge neatly and is cut cleanly with an even height.

15. Factory Code

Vans Authentic's will have a small factory code embossed into the sole. There are a number of different factory codes that are used in various countries, one shoe style may have different factory codes. This is also an opportunity to have a close up look at the high quality molded waffle pattern, check that the edges are sharp and straight.


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