How to Tell If a DMP Package Is Fake

Determining a real or fake DMP requires careful evaluation.
Determining a real or fake DMP requires careful evaluation. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A DMP package refers to a specific line of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, referred to as the "Defining Moments Pack." According to Nike, the company created these sneakers to honor the young Michael Jordan in 1986, when he set a record by scoring 63 points during a post-session game against the Celtics. Some retrospective DMP shoes come with a pair of white and green shoes to represent the Celtics and a red and black pair to represent the Chicago Bulls. Other versions come in a range of colors, with a slick structural design. There are defining characteristics that will let you know if they're authentic.

Look for the Jumpman logo at the upper part of the shoe, the part which wraps around the ankle. The absence of a Jumpman logo in this area is a sign of a fake, or a crooked or sloppy Jumpman in this area is a sure sign of a fake.

Flip over the shoes and look at the soles. You should see the jumpman logo at the bottom of the shoe in the center. The lack of this detail is a sign of a fake.

Examine the carbon fiber at the bottom of the shoe. Scratch it slightly with your fingernail. If you leave a scratch mark, this indicates the manufacturers painted on the carbon fiber, a sign of a fake. No scratch mark indicates authentic shoes.

Examine the toe box of the shoe very carefully. The structure of the shoe should slope smoothly down to the toe box in a graceful curve. Fake shoes will have toe boxes that look crooked, bent or uneven.

Check inside the shoes. They should have a tag that says "Made in Taiwan." A tag indicating that they were made anywhere else is a sign of a fake.

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