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You Might Have Fake Air Jordan 11 Concord Shoes

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Toeing the line.

If you purchase your kicks online from unauthorized brand dealers in advance of a shoe’s official release date, you run the risk of receiving product that isn’t quite what it should be.

Or worse. Wholly inauthentic merch.

It’s what happened to many sneakerheads who have pulled the trigger on the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” already, one of the biggest basketball footwear launches for all of 2011. We were the first to document the “original break” of this year’s Concord 11 photos as having been counterfeit and staged, even while others continued to remark otherwise over email and in non-blog digital venues.

While there’s always subtle differences between genuine production runs and a shoe built with scrap parts in a non-contracted factory, the easiest way to tell in this case if your Concord 11 is fake is by looking at the rubber curled up onto the toes. If you can see through it into the black patent leather and white foam midsole below, you have a pair of forgeries on your hand. Authentic pairs created for this year’s December 23 launch of the Jordan 11’s were sealed with a milky white paint finish on the toes, detailed in three comparison photos in this post. Now go back and look at the toes on the staged VMVinc “leak.”

So how does it happen? Aside from pulling an authentic factory pair too early before cosmetic tweaks or running changes are applied, there’s also shadow factories setup to crank out phony product, in competition with other imitation artists all eager to beat each other to the buck in the consumer demand for early release footwear.

On highly popular and regularly reoccurring reissue product like the numbered Air Jordan line in general and the Air Jordan 11 in particular, the factory shoe molds don’t need to be recreated from scratch like brand new silhouettes and the latest sneaker technologies have to be. It’s familiar product, merely updated by new and seasonal colorways or material finishes. The scrap parts and molds are in the hands of counterfeiters, who only need to know what the final sign off is from Jordan Brand on the particular look and build of a shoe before counterfeit product can be initiated. Sometimes when those bogus early release manufacturers don’t want to pay for the information or acquisition of a final stage sample, they jump the gun and create pairs based on the construction of previously released models and current rumors and hearsay. It’s how subtle details like added toe paint or textiles can be off or simply overlooked, until it’s already in the hands of an unassuming consumer. And it’s too late.

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Many of these guys today are so eager to floss their new kicks that they spend close to 2x’s as much for a pair of knockoffs. TRAGEDY!

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…90% of my kicks come from NIKE.com.The rest have came from FINISHLINE,ATHLETES FOOT,FOOTACTION,etc…u wont get me.

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I get my kicks from 23penny.com, so I have no worries.

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@Eric believe it or not 23Penny has been selling the same Concords as Randy, VMV, etc

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And also the Concords with the complete white toe are fakes as well. If you see a retail release it is semi-translucent, where it’s in between both of the pairs you are showing.

This is actually how the “retail version” looks.. Picture taken from a Footlocker stock room from their new shipment…

“semi-translucent..pic via SoleSickness”
http://i.imgur.com/Xo3Kt.jpg

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Is http://buyretrojordans.com/ a fake site?

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Yes JD. that site sells fakes.

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JD, HHH is incorrect because I copped two pairs of Concords off http://buyretrojordans.com/ and I was scared when I read this but I just checked both pairs and they are 100% authentic.

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Is marqueesole concords real?

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I want to know if this website sells fakes http://www.shoesaround.com/type.php?producttypeid=1

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Abe, those are all counterfeit, for sure.

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i want to know if lacedupauthentics.com sells fake shoes im a lil suspicious but want to double check. thanks everyone

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Is Goforkicks.com fake?!

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I would like to know if california-sole.com is legit or not. Thanks.

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BEWARE OF THE SITE SHOECHARM.COM REALLY CHEAP SHOES FROM SHANGHAI HORRIBLE QUALITY SHOES. DO NOT BUY!!!

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so are buyretrojordan.com a real site then??

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@Calli I got some concords and breds from http://buyretrojordans.com 100% authentic shoes so I would say that makes the site all the way real.

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Is this webiste legit?

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Mentalkicks.com is it legit or not?

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Is this legit?! There are a few shoes on this website im thinking about getting but I have been scammed before and I don’t want it happening again! Please email me is you can

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Is gainsvilleband.com/concord legit and do they sell real shoes

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All “Jordan’s” come from sweat shops in Asia. There is no such thing as fakes . Some shoes are just made at cheaper sweat shops that use little kids to make the shoes. Wake up America

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Does your site have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to
shoot you an email. I’ve got some suggestions for your
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i was just wondering if anyone could send me an email, im thinking of buying Bred 11, Gamma 11s and Concord 11s and he is selling them for a cheap price and i was wondering if you guys can do a legit check? i know a lot and they all look real but im not 100% .. email me at [email protected] please and thanks.

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is http://www.theblackrerto.com fake??

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