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How to tell real from fake Prada sneakers

Updated on November 15, 2011

Due to their immense popularity and reputation, Prada sneakers are among the most heavily faked in the World. Luckily, fakes are easy to spot once you know what to look for. Everything from the box and packaging to the stitching on the shoes can be dead giveaways as to their authenticity.

Here I give you some tips with accompanying photos, to help you spot fakes, comparing real with fake Prada sneakers side by side.

Box size

The real Prada box is to the left, the fake box to the right. As you can see, the real box is significantly larger than the fake.

Box front

This photo shows the front of the box. The fake box is to the left, the real box to the right.

The 'R' in Prada should have an indentation below the curve of the R, just where it meets the leg and should curve inward. Also, note that the printing is heavier on the fake box.

Box side

The side of the box will have a copyright message. The left photo shows the fake box, the real box is to the right.

The fake box says 'Made in Italy' on a separate line. However, as we will see in the next photo, the shoes were made in Vietnam.

Inside tongue

This photo shows the inside of the tongue. Note the poor printing on the fake shoe to the left, and the poor quality of the stitching and leather. Also note the looser mesh on the fake.

Rubber Stripe

Notice that the rubber stripe on the tongue of the fake shoe to the left is darker, the R is missing the indentation below the curve, and the font differs from the real shoe to the right.


The insole should have PRADA printed on the bottom of the heel. However, the fake has this aligned to the right instead of to the left as on the real shoe. Also notice that the fake is made from a shiny plastic instead of a matt rubber.


The other end of the insole should have a serial code printed, as can be seen in the photo of the authentic shoe to the right. The fake to the left, is missing this serial code.

Red stripe on insole

The red stripe on the top of the insole should be stitched in, not printed or glued. Note the poor quality of the printing on the fake to the left, and the darker color.


This photo shows the bottom of the sole. Notice the poor quality of the embossed 'PRADA' on the fake to the left, and the missing indentation below the curve of the 'R'.

Red stripe on sole

The red stripe on the sole should be printed cleanly and evenly, and should have a recessed border around each of the letters, as can be seen on the photo of the real shoe to the right. The fake shoe to the left is again missing the indentation on the letter 'R' in Prada.


The fake laces, on the right in the photo, are lighter in color and are also significantly thicker than the real lace on the left.

Video comparison


Hopefully this guide has given you some ideas as to what to look for when buying Prada sneakers from non-authorised dealers or on eBay.

You can all check out my video on Youtube below.


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      7 years ago

      This is a great hub... well done.

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      7 years ago

      Some real prada boxes have writing on the top part of box

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      7 years ago

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      7 years ago

      new prada sport shoes don't have serial numbers on the insoles


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