How to Tell if Your Vans Shoes Are Fake

Four Parts:Checking the sole of the shoeChecking identifying markersTesting the shoesWhat did you pay for them?

Vans aren't that cheap. So of course you're excited when you find a pair for a suspiciously low price. There are several ways to identify fake Vans shoes. You might want to have a pair of fake Vans and a pair of real Vans to compare.

Part 1
Checking the sole of the shoe

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    Check the bottom shoe pattern. Real Vans have two different interlocking patterns.
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    Check whether the base is slightly sticky. Real Vans have a sort of sticky base of the shoe. This is intended to gain better traction when using them on a skateboard. If you have a real pair of Vans, sliding is as difficult as trying to push a building to a new location. If they're fake, you'll slide with ease.

Part 2
Checking identifying markers

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    Examine the stitching. Real Vans have tight, even stitching.
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    Look at the logo. The logo should be on the rubber part of the shoe near the toe (this may vary with different kinds of Vans shoes, like boots); it should also be spelled correctly.

Part 3
Testing the shoes

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    See if the toes bend. The toes should be bendable. If they're stiff, they're fake.
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    Check the weight of the shoes. Vans are heavier than fake ones because they are made of better material.
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    Check the dealer. Look up the dealer's name or business online.

Part 4
What did you pay for them?

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    Be sure you have outlaid a decent amount of money. Vans are almost always around $40. If you can buy a pair for $10, then something's up.
    • Sometimes the shoes might just be on sale. And if you've bought them used from an online trader, then they're more likely to be real but a little scuffed.

Tips

  • Look up pictures of real Vans online, or go to the shoes' website and see if the ones they are selling match yours.
  • Just because they come in a Vans shoebox doesn't mean they are real. Printing cardboard costs very little.






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