Always wondered how to spot a fake vs real Revenge x Storm sneaker?
Whether if you're a sneakerhead or not, everyone wants to ensure they purchase an authentic pair of Revenge x Storm because no one wants to rock a pair of fakes.
This is why our team from SWISSCHEESEEE has created this in-depth guide, detailing our thorough process of authenticating Revenge x Storm sneakers. Images are provided for an easy way to identify the real and fake pairs.
We have a total of 10 steps for this authentication process, starting from the easiest with step 1, to the hardest with step 10.
- Side Stitching
- Number of Eyelets
- Rear Heel Logo
- Tongue Logo Stitching
- Size Tag
- UV Light
Step 1: Side Stitching
For the first step, we will be inspecting the stitchings located on the sides of the sneaker. The stitching we're looking at is the one below the lightning bolt, that starts from the middle and reaches the sneaker's toe.
The side stitching should be a smooth double-stitch with a slight curvature that is pure white in colour. Any side stitching that is not in white are definite fakes.
Side stitching of all Revenge x Storm colourways are standardised and do not differ, no matter which release it is.
Any pairs that come in Vans' side stitching are definite fakes as well.
Step 2: Sole
For the second step, we will be taking a look at the bottom of the sneaker.
Authentic pairs come with the "Revenge x Storm" wording, with the font colour matching the colourway of the sneaker.
Fake pairs tend to come without the wording, and generally in plain black.
Another key point to note is the shape on the sole, and they should all be in an uniform hexagonal shape pattern.
Step 3: Shoelaces
For the third step, we will move on to the shoelaces for Revenge x Storm.
ALL Revenge x Storm sneakers come with PURE WHITE shoelaces.
They have never released any designs that come in a different colour or one that has designs on it.
We have been receiving many enquiries regarding this and to address it once and for all, ANY pairs that come with designs or colours are definite fakes.
Step 4: Eyelet
For the fourth step, we will be checking the eyelet (also known as shoelace hole) of the sneaker.
All Revenge x Storm sneakers do not have a ring of protection surrounding the eyelet. Authentic pairs come with only the shoelace holes punched through, and any pairs that come with a ring of protection are definite fakes.
Although a ring of protection surrounding the eyelet is better in terms of quality, it is what it is.
All we can hope for is an improvement on quality for future volumes or releases of Revenge x Storm with the use of a ring of protection for the eyelets.
Step 5: Number of Eyelets
For the fifth step, we will move on to check the number of eyelets for the sneaker.
Every pair of Revenge x Storm sneaker must come with eight eyelets. No more, no less. Any difference in the number is a clear indication that it is a fake pair.
Always make sure to count and check that they add up to eight when authenticating the sneaker.
Step 6: Insole
For the sixth step, we will be taking a look at the insole of the sneaker.
Every single pair of Revenge x Storm sneakers must come with the "STORM" wording printed on the insole.
Our team at SWISSCHEESEEE have received many enquiries on the legitimacy of pairs that come with the Revenge x Storm logo and to clear this up once and for all; ANY pairs that come with the logo printed instead of the "STORM" are fakes.
Step 7: Rear Heel Logo
For the seventh step, we will be taking a look at the back-side of the sneaker to check on the logo that is placed on the midsole.
From the image provided above, there is a noticeable difference between the real and fake pairs. Authentic pairs must come in a standardised font print that is thick and bolded.
First of all, the "OFF" print appears thinner for the fake pair as compared to the "OFF" print on the authentic pair.
Secondly, the "THE" print on the fake pair appears thicker and misplaced as compared to the "THE" print on the authentic pair.
Finally, the position of the logo is placed in the middle of the sole for the fake pair as compared to authentic pair, which can be seen to be placed right at the top of the sole.
Step 8: Tongue Logo Stitching
For the eighth step, we will be taking a closer look at the "REVENGE" stitching located on the top of the tongue tab.
The first thing to inspect is the stitching of the "REVENGE" wording. Authentic pairs have the wordings individually stitched and are not connected to each other.
Secondly, we have to check the stitching quality of the wording. Authentic pairs have neatly stitched wordings and are of a silver colour that is slightly glossy.
Step 9: Size Tag
For the ninth step, we will be flipping up the sneaker's tongue to check on the size tag.
Authentic pairs have the Revenge x Storm wording and size fonts bolded. Another point to take note is that Revenge x Storm comes only in Men's US sizing. They do not come in Women's.
Also, the wording of the "Made in China" print should be thinner compared to the first two above, and they should be center-aligned.
One last important point to take note is that Revenge x Storms do not come in half sizes. We have received many enquiries regarding this, but sadly there are no half sizes. Any pairs with half sizes are definite fakes.
If you wear a half size, we recommend that you size up for Revenge x Storm.
Step 10: UV Light
For the last and best step to authenticate Revenge x Storm, we will be using UV Light to inspect the sneaker.
There are three points which we have to inspect when it comes to authenticating Revenge x Storm with the use of UV Light.
First, we have to inspect the size tag. All authentic pairs will glow the Revenge x Storm logo when shined with UV light.
Secondly, authentic pairs will have the surrounding of the bolt glowing as well.
Lastly, the stitching on the bolt should not glow when shined with UV light.
The use of UV light is the best way to authenticate Revenge x Storm sneakers as there are more and more 1:1 replicas being produced.
Where Can I Get Authentic Revenge x Storm?
With these ten steps, we ensure that every pair are verified authentic for each order. The team at SWISSCHEESEEE takes pride in the authentication process and doing the due dilligence required. To view our Revenge x Storm collection, click here.
If you have any other enquiries or require assistance on authentication, feel free to reach out to us here.
Thanks for reading,