As the quality of counterfeit Air Jordans continues to improve, it's becoming increasingly difficult to pick out legit pairs from the pack. Buyers are spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on shoes that are often not authentic, including pairs designated as rare samples. Fake manufacturers have even gone as far as producing tags and promo boxes to give their knockoffs the appearance of an exclusive.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is — particularly when scoring Jordan samples for fairly high, but not high enough, prices on eBay. Here's 10 pairs people are buying that are likely fake, since they've never actually been released.


Air Jordan 11 Ray Allen 'Ring Night' PE

Air Jordan XI 11 Ray Allen Ring Night PE

Average eBay Price: $600

Allen knocked down arguably the biggest shot in NBA history and only received a few pairs for himself. Meanwhile, the plug has a full size run. It doesn't add up.

Air Jordan 13 'Hornets' Sample

Air Jordan XIII 13 Fake Hornets Sample

Average eBay Price: $432

These fakes started to hit the market shortly after Michael Jordan was spotted wearing a pair courtside last October. Manufacturers even went the extra mile and mocked up phony 2008 sample tags.

Air Jordan 11 '45' Sample

Air Jordan XI 11 45 Concord Fake Sample

Average eBay Price: $567

It's 2015 and sellers are still trying to convince you that mass produced, fresh out of the box #45 Air Jordan 11 samples exist. 

Air Jordan 11 'Usher'

Air Jordan XI 11 Gold Usher
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Average eBay Price: $572

A friendship with Mark Smith has landed Usher some of the most talked about Air Jordan exclusives in recent years. None of these sellers are well-connected, diamond-selling pop superstars.

Air Jordan 6 'OVO'

Air Jordan VI 6 OVO

Average eBay Price: $416

Unlike most of the other pairs listed here, the 'OVO' 6 never existed to begin with. Sneaker Freaker's April Fool's Day joke may have been a little too good.

Air Jordan 3 'OVO'

Air Jordan III 3 Drake OVO Fake Sample

Average eBay Price: $279

Compared to the going rate for other shoes on the list, users seem to be aware that these aren't the real deal. Still, $280 isn't cheap for a pair of knockoffs.

Air Jordan 11 Low 'Suede'

Air Jordan XI 11 Low Black Suede Fake Sample

Average eBay Price: $500

This is the type of shoe that really opens up the discussion between counterfeit and 'unauthorized.' A lot of popular collectors have pairs in black and red posted on their Instagram feeds, but nobody in a position to do so has been willing to vouch for their authenticity.

Air Jordan 4 College PEs

Air Jordan IV 4 Cal/Marquette PE

Average eBay Price: $3,500

There are authentic pairs of this one, but the number of unauthorized and fake pairs greatly outnumber the real. For $3,500, it's best to be sure. In particular, the Cal/Marquette colorway is way overproduced - probably because the lack of a midsole pattern makes it easier to replicate.

Air Jordan 6 'Macklemore'

Air Jordan VI 6 Macklemore Fake Sample

Average eBay Price: $387

The best thing about these fakes is that they were produced before manufacturers realized Macklmore has his own Shark Gang logo on the heel. They've probably figured it out by now, but it makes this first run easy to spot.

Air Jordan 6 'Pantone'

Air Jordan VI 6 Pantone Fake Sample

Average eBay Price: $798

There's a very limited run of sample pairs that were made for display purposes. Then there's the blue-soled fakes that even Fabolous got burned on. Duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-damn.