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How to Spot Fake All Star Converse

More and more counterfeit shoes are being manufactured today. Some people rejoice in the cheap price, while companies like Converse suffer. Counterfeiters are becoming so advanced, many experts are having trouble determining the genuine product. There are a few ways for anybody to spot fake chucks.

Method One of Two:
Examining the Shoes

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    Check the packaging. One easy way to spot a counterfeit is when the All Stars come in a box that is obviously not Converse. Fresh shoes also come with tissue in the packaging. Sometimes they’ll even have paper stuffing in the shoes. If you don’t see any of the “typical” signs of fresh shoes, they're probably worth suspicion.[1]
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    Examine the Chuck Taylor patch. The real patch has a navy blue star, whereas the fake one may have different shade of blue. Also, the original will be stamped with only a star and Taylor's signature. Be leery of emblems that are not clear. Many fake ones look blurry and have other design elements or words.
    • All Stars also come in such a wide array of styles and colors. The logo won’t always be blue and sometimes the patch is made of rubber.
    • Examine the star itself and be sure it is a clean print.
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    Look at the trademark. Shoes made before 2008 will have the ® symbol under the All Star logo. If you see this symbol on shoes made after 2008, be cautious. Check the stitched logo as well. Although it may appear authentic, if you spot a patchy or unclear logo, it’s fake.[2]
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    Notice the tongue. The All Stars logo will be printed very clearly on the top of the tongue. It is fake if the print is blurry or the thread in loose around the print. The traditional tongue is made of a thin canvas. Pay attention to the stitching around the border the tongue.
    • As a general rule, if the stitching is loose or uneven, it’s counterfeit.[3]
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    Check the insole. In real Converse, the inner sole will have the word Converse printed sharp and plain. Be aware if you are buying a used pair. A used pair’s insignia will appear more faded than a new pair, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re counterfeit.
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    Verify the pinstripe. This is painted on the top edge of the sole. It should be smooth and perfect. If it is shaky, not crisp looking or uneven, it is a red flag.
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    Own a pair of All Stars. The best way to understand All Stars is by having an authentic pair. If you’ve never owned them, purchase a pair from a trusted seller. Once you have a pair of Converse All Stars, you’ll know all the quirks and attributes of the shoe.
    • Save the location of where you spotted a deal for next time. Even authentic All Stars will need to be replaced.

Method Two of Two:
Checking the Seller

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    Compare the price. If the price is ridiculously low, it is best to check more carefully or walk away. Usually counterfeits are considerably cheaper than authentic Converse. The cheaper price makes up for not having genuine Converse. If you opt to save money, be prepared to see your shoes deteriorate fast. Cheap sweatshop shoes will never match Converse standards for construction and materials.
    • Standard All Star high tops will typically sell anywhere from $50 to $100 depending on the style.
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    Be aware of payment methods. If you are okay with buying counterfeit Converse, you do need to be careful of how you pay for them. Typically a cash only vendor is a bit of a red flag. When purchasing online, be aware of what website you are on. Have you shopped there before, or do even recognize the site? Be sure that your web browser is secure (https://) when you’re checking out.[4]
    • Many web browsers even have a padlock at the top corner to indicate no one can steal your information.
    • Expect a confirmation email when purchasing from an untrusted website.
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    Consider the source. Always be vigilant when you’re at a flea market or other sorts of vendors. Sometimes vendors will lead you to a strange and potentially dangerous location to purchase counterfeit goods. These vendors are conducting illegal operations. Have your guard up and remember you can have a much safer transaction at a department store.[5]
    • Ask yourself if the price is worth the poor construction and dangerous environment.
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    Ask questions. You never know, when you are at markets outside department stores, if they’re actually counterfeit. Ask questions when you see a price too good to be true. You can detect a lot from the seller's body language. If you suspect he’s lying, he probably is. Use your best judgement.
    • It is not fair to assume all open air markets sell counterfeit goods.
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    Be vigilant when purchasing abroad. If you plan to shop abroad, review travel advisories from the Department of State before going to a location. They will have information of the scene of counterfeit sellers in that location. U.S. Customs can potentially confiscate an item they deem to be questionable.[6]
    • Many vendors abroad target tourists with counterfeit goods. Have your guard up, but don’t act unless you are sure you’re being deceived.

Community Q&A

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  • Are Converse made in India?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Yes, Converse shoes are made at plants in Indonesia, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Malaysia.
    Thanks! 45 9
  • I recently bought a new pair of high top sneakers from an authorized Converse store. The logo is smudging, and I haven't even had them a month. Are they fake?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Of course not! Fading is only natural. If you clean your sneakers regularly, you can prevent excessive smudging.
    Thanks! 6 0
  • The navy blue star and logo are fading and smudging on my pair. Could they be fake?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Fading is normal, but the color should not "smudge" unless it is exposed to a chemical agent.
    Thanks! 20 5
  • I bought these sneakers in 2015, however, the top of the tongue is not printed with "All Star Converse." Could they be fake?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • This depends. If they are high tops, you have nothing to worry about, they don't have that print on the tongue. You can check if there's a logo on the side to make sure they're real. If they're low tops, this can be a strong indication that they're fake. Check the logo on the back of the shoe/the logo on the inside.
    Thanks! 63 24
  • If my Converse don't say Converse on the bottom, why is that?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • They're probably not real Converse. All pairs of Converse should have the words Converse All Star on the bottom.
    Thanks! 33 11
  • How many holes for laces? Are they seven or eight?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • I think it depends on the model of shoe.
    Thanks! 11 2
  • Do converse low tops also have a star logo?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Converse low-tops don't have a star patch on the side, but they do have a tag that says "All Star" on the tongue.
    Thanks! 37 15
  • I got my high top Converse off Amazon and they don't have the trademark sign on the logo, plus the fabric for the logo is what I suspect to be leather. Should I be worried about their authenticity?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • I don't really know anything about leather Converse, but it might be a newer model (after 2008) which means they don't have the ®. Only models made before 2008 have it.
    Thanks! 16 8
  • Are Converse fake if they don't have a number on the sole?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • The number is the size: the absence of the shoe size may be a sign of inauthenticity.
    Thanks! 15 11
  • What about Converse on eBay from China?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • China is known to be the number one mark faker, but that does not mean that China produces only the bad quality. There are good quality products from China as well. Piece together other clues, such as the price, the retailer you purchased the shoes from and the quality of the shoes.
    Thanks! 22 19
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