Hypebeast TV: Can you tell Legit Sneakers from Fakes?

Only true sneakerheads will notice the subtle differences.

For many years, the sneaker market has been awash with replicas, or more commonly referred to as “fakes.” It has been increasingly difficult to distinguish what is real and what is not to even the most discerning eye with how good replicas have come to be. The last decade gave us some of the most highly-anticipated sneaker releases, with people of all ages queuing up day and night for a chance to purchase their desired item of footwear. This also led to an influx of unofficial productions of sneakers to cater for the market that is there for them. While the quality of these replicas has greatly increased and granted there are those who do not mind the differences, being able to tell what is authentic is one of the hardest skills a sneakerhead must learn. Some experts from the industry have taken it upon themselves to try their hand at determining an authentic pair of sneakers. Without further ado, we present the HBTV sneakers legit check.

[pic] Nike Air More Uptempo Navy/Orange

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Nike works up a new colorway in its beloved classic, the Air More Uptempo, recognized as the unofficial sneaker of Scottie Pippen in the mid 90s. The kicks boast the same nubuck uppers as the originals, sporting a new navy colorway with hints of orange amongst white detailing. As nostalgic as ever, this new release has made its way into a selection of Nike stockists for Fall 2010, including the Finishline online store. Retail is set at $160 USD.

Gary Warnett x Nike Sportswear Air Force 1 Bespoke

Yep. They. are.$900.
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The Nike Sportswear Air Force 1 Bespoke offering has largely been reserved for those with media ties and deep pockets. With a price-tag nearing $900 USD a pair, it comes as no surprise the rarity of the experience. A man who knows a thing or two about sneakers, Gary Warnett of Crooked Tongues had the opportunity to make his mark.

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Air Jordan 6 “Oreo”

I like these.
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Arguably one of the better Air Jordan releases in sometime, the VI sees a new colorway, appropriately dubbed the “Oreo.” The kicks take on a mostly white base with clear outsole detailing, black nubuck paneling, and splatter accents. A release is set for Saturday, March 20th via Jordan retail accounts, including Rugged Sole.

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Jean Michael Baquiat x RBK x Reebok Sneakers (Hypebeast)

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reebok basquiat top down sneakers 1 Reebok Basquiat Top Down Sneakers

Reebok continues their tribute collections to the late great Jean-Michel Basquiat with a couple of new sneaker releases showcasing the sportswear brand’s Top Down model. The kicks are given the Basquiat treatment with the use of the artists signature paintings printed on the uppers and contrasted with leather accents. The release is just a part of the Fall 2009 Collection which will see further inspired kicks. Both are now available via colette.

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Ozzy Osbourne x Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars

For all you rock heads who read the blog, we know your are out there! Here is a pair of Chuck Talyors from the Prince of Darkness.

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ozzy-osbourne-converse-chuck-taylor Ozzy Osbourne x Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars

Following up on Converse’s music series collection, we get a look into Ozzy Osbourne’s playfully designed Chuck Taylors. Having already released a set of Black Sabbath sneakers, the frontman gets his own rendition this time around. Coming in both a white and black colorway, the shoes are given an all-over print of Ozzy as a cartoon character alongside a simple two-tone upper. Both styles are available at select Converse retailers worldwide.

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Cons-Converse Skate Boarding 2009 Collection


Following up on a strong presence by Nike and adidas in the skateboard realm, fellow footwear staple Converse has stepped onto the proverbial deck with their entry entitled CONS. The debut release consists of a slightly beefed up All-Star, dubbed the CTS (Chuck Taylor Skate) coming in three colorways. The all-black being reminiscent of a particular pair designed by Hiroshi Fujiwara and Fragment. Also included in the premiere Converse skate line is the ERX 300, a mid top model based on the classic basketball shoe. Boasting a team consisting of Ethan Fowler, Sammy Baca, Raymond Molinar, Nick Trapasso and Anthony Pappalardo, the CONS line launches in January at core skate shops worldwide.

ALIFE X NaS Collaborative Tee & Lighter

Note: I had to fight through hell & highwater to get mine (they was trying to convince brothers that mediums and smalls was a good look) but god is good.  Shout out to Shari for pulling SKM in.

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To commemorate the release of NaS’ new album on Tuesday, July 15th 2008, ALIFE has come together with the rapper himself to produce a wicked collaborative T-shirt and lighter set. Here’s the catch, only 100 packs of these have been made, and sold exclusively at ALIFE NYC on the day the album is released. For more details on the drop, visit www.alifenyc.com.

Puma “Cheech Wizard” Basket II x Vaughn Bode

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The newest installment to the Vaughn Bode x Puma collection has hit select retailers. Originally conceived on the Clyde, this latest design inspired by legendary cartoonist Vaughn Bode is now transfered to the Puma Basket II. As well unlike its predecessors, these Basket IIs feature much more understated Cheech Wizard star references. Three colorways are available including black, red and white.

Nike Air Max Light “Newark Eagles”


Back in 1946, the Newark Eagles were at the top of Negro League Baseball with their World Series victory over the Kansas City Monarchs in a historic 7 game series. Although the team would only be around for another two years, they surely did make history having produced the first African-American player in the American League side of Major League Baseball, Larry Doby.

62 years after their championship win, Nike is honoring the Newark Eagles in another pack of Negro League inspired sneakers. This version of the Air Max Light features the Eagle’s logo on both the heel and insole as well as traditional Newark colors with embossed leather and gradient panels. These shoes are now available at Size?.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air x Puma Bel-Air Clyde Pack

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In a foil between the ghetto of West Philly and the swankiness of Bel-Air, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air x Puma collaboration looks to both locales to accentuate the differences often seen on the popular TV show. The recently seen West Philly First Round is emblazoned with graffiti while the Bel-Air Clyde offers a different approach with high quality Italian croc skin leather and gold highlights. The pack also includes a gold Forcer watch. The whole Fresh Prince of Bel-Air x Puma pack will release May 17th.


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For the ’08 Street Knowledge will be doing a lot of collaborative work with our STREET WEAR homies.  We will be bringing you the top dogs of STREET WEAR fashion with the hopes of broadening your scopes.  What better way to set things off then to get you moist about these two exclusive treats for your FOOTWEAR.  Red Croc Uptowns!  Sickening.  Road Runner Adidas!  Silly.  Visit the homies over at theevilcollector.com to get a better assessment of what’s poppin’ on the STREET WEAR scene.  Shout to Irak & realmad HECTIC