by Brandon Richard

It's only July, but it's becoming increasingly clear that the "72-10" Air Jordan 11 is the year's most anticipated sneaker release.

Photos have been on the web since May, which has not only fueled the buzz, but given counterfeiters more time to get quality replicas into production. But before you splurge on a pair early, Trey Steiger has a few tips on how to differentiate an authentic pair from fakes.

The "72-10" Air Jordan 11 currently has a sneaker release date of Saturday, December 19 for $220.