The Ugly: Wrong heel shape, tongue AIR logo outline, Plastic Carbon Fiber, Heel swoosh crooked, sole too translucent, toe box too long.
Conclusion: For the most part, replica foamposites do not do their authentic counterparts justice. The quality of the shoe was ok, no paint marks, or glue smell. RepDream (aka replover) seems to ship decent goods, but still fake.
In fact the foamposite is so far from the mark I can’t bring myself to call it a replica. It’s down right fake. The foamposite material is way too soft and easily creases. The weight difference was 10 ounces, close to a pound apart. You notice it too, as the materials just don’t feel as good as they should.
For fake foamposites they’re exactly what you’d expect. With the recent restocks, if you’re waiting on some crimson foamposites, keep your eye on our restock page and give these guys a pass.
The Good: Stiffer material for foamposite replica. No glue marks. Toebox shape.
The Bad: None.
The Ugly: Color is a little light, camo pattern doesn’t align on heel, no carbon fiber
Conclusion: rap001.com seems to be on the ball when it comes to both shipping and quality. I’ve ordered a few foamposite replicas in the past. The material is usually squishy, heel is straight and not pear shaped, and they are usually uncomfortable. The minor differences aside (camo pattern and color) these look just like the samples.
While not perfect in heel shape, it’s a lot closer. Just like with the Kobe YOTS I reviewed, it seems they’re paying attention to the details. The carbon fiber is just hard plastic, no texture but buseats clear carbon fibre fix would give it the right texture.
Probably the strangest part is the comfort. I have a few pair of authentic Foam Pros and these are much more comfortable. I could rock these all day. Feels like the foamposite is hugging me feet. Not sure how they’d stand up while balling, but they’re pretty solid. Sole isn’t weak and flexible like a lot of replicas, and the construction seems sound.
All in all this colorway hasn’t dropped yet, and likely won’t until summer so we can’t be sure how close to Authentic these are. Either way, feel free to rock them, because hey, no one knows what they look like yet!
Adidas adiZero D Rose 3.0 Nightmare Before Chriatmas from www.repdream.com (aka collectdream/dopepickup)
Quality: Replicas 4.5/5
Comfort : 3.5/5
The Good: Beautiful detail, reflective, No glue or stitching issues.
The Bad: None, Simply flawless.
The Ugly: Sole too black/solid, doesn’t glow. Shoelace tips should be black.
Conclusion: The Nightmare Before Christmas pack was released on 12-24-12 by Adidas and included several shoes inspired by Tim Burton’s classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. These shoes were purple and black with glow in the dark accents and simply beautiful.
Only one replica was released from that line, the D-Rose 3.0. This was our first pickup from repdream.com (now collectdream.com) and they nailed it. This shoe leaves little to be desired. Even the reflective Rose logo on the tongue is dead on. The only give away, besides soles that don’t glow in the dark, is a too dark midsole. This is hardly noticeable walking around, and when you consider how well they did with the reflective, almost holographic purple body it’s barely a footnote. These fit exactly like the authentics (which for this shoe is a little snug so order big).
We decided to do another on the foot, side by side comparison and you’ll see for yourself, they’re almost indistinguishable.
Our Kudos to repdream also for their packages arriving in perfect condition.
Conclusion: The first few attempts at the Retro 9 Kilroy ended up looking downright fake, almost like they weren’t trying. We saw review after review on youtube, meanwhile the Retro 9 Kilroy enjoyed a record 7 restocks. Cop These Kicks has been getting a lot of requests to review a “Fake Kilroy” so we finally did.
This was our first order from repdream.com. I think by now it’s obvious they’re using the same factory as hiphopiop but I will say, their customer service is slightly better and the package arrived in perfect shape, not beat and bent.
The shoe itself did have a “glue smell” that will give you a headache, but i have to say thats the worst of it. They’ve really improved the Kilroy, next to perfect. It stands up against our retail pickup in almost every way. The most disappointing flaw for me is the tongue. Too thick, wrong font, doesn’t pop like it should. This is realitively minor tho compared to most replica issues.
The “platinum” leather is too thick, and it’s noticeable next to the authentic pair. Seams bulge a little, makes the tongue puffy, however, stand alone, you wouldn’t notice it. Like most replica 9′s it has the reversed jumpman on the heel. This is a throwback to all Retro 9 releases prior to 2012.
Finally, if you don’t want to ruin your Kilroys but want to rock a pair, these will look as good as the real thing on your feet.
Air Jordan Retro 9 “Doernbecher” (White / Metalic Gold / Black) from hiphopvp.com
In 2012 we saw a lot of Retro 9 releases, but the most sought after colorway by far was the Doernbecher. Every year, nike releases the Freestyle Doernbecher line of shoes, that always contains a new unique Retro Jordan in a colorway designed by children of the Doernbecher hospital. Often creative, and always limited, no one expected such an elegant design as Oswaldo Jimenez’s “Pollito”
Quality: Replica 3.5/5
Comfort : 3.5/5
The Good: Dimensions and size are perfect, detail is amazing.
The Bad: Strange “nail polish” smell. lighter materials, some missed stitching.
The Ugly: Sole missing red and green color, one jumpman on sole reversed..
Conclusion: Hiphopiop (aka hiphopvp, hiphopxp, and a million other shady names) has been a favorite for copthesekicks due to their studio photos and quick stocking of rare colorways. When I saw a Doernbecher 9, I was doubtful. Theres just too much detail in these shoes, and I expected to receive a dumpster fire instead of a proper colorway. I was wrong
For once, the pachage arrived in good shape, and the shoes were spot on. Every mark, every font, everything exceeds expectation for a replica. Description doesn’t do it justice so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Put next to my retail Kilroys, size and shape are identical. Weight and materials however are not. The replicas are much lighter, and on the foot offer almost no support compared to the real deal. The only reason I scored them so low on quality is I have a feeling I’ll break my ankle if I tried to ball in these. Leave them off the court and tread lightly. They also smelled strongly of whatever finishing product they used, a bit offputting and it took days to go away.
The stitching isn’t on point but it isn’t bad either, and the gold doesn’t pop like it should, just a little dull. Major flaws were limited to one of the jump man logos on the sole is reversed (left foot) and the bottom of the sole is white and icy blue, where it should be Green and Red. Not noticable when walking around, but I suspect people would want to get a close look at a pair of Doernbecher’s so wear with caution.
There are a lot of Retro 11 replicas out there. Most of them are horrible. I don’t say that lightly. However there is a new pair being pumped out of china claiming to be “perfect”. Only differences I see are proper tongue tag spacing, and better jumpman logo on the ankle.
The shoe runs $100, and still doesn’t have the heel 23 right, toe color or carbon fiber. But as always, don’t take my word for it, check out these reviews straight from the factory.
The Bad: Red mark on sole, some paint mistakes on bottom left sole.
The Ugly: Tongue corners angled, should be rounder, stars on toe too small/flat.
Conclusion: Hiphopiop offered a 1:1 of the Jordan 4, and they delivered. Common shortcomings of a replica 4 (i.e. Materials, Tongue size, weight, jumpman, color) were spot on in this pair. Seriously in a side by side, you couldn’t spot the fake. Even holding the shoes in your hand you still couldn’t.
As usual tho, hiphopiop cannot get a package to you in good shape. Looks like it went thru a warzone to get here. Luckily the products inside were not affected. It was missing the dust-bag, but all the little annoyances are gone as soon as these shoes hit your feet. They look perfect and are true to size. I was seriously impressed. It felt to me like the toebox was a little snug on the inside, but it could just be me, or comparing to a worn in pair. The real heartbreaker is the red mark on the sole. It’s the only obvious flaw, albeit a quality one not a design one.
You know the phrase “they broke the mold when they made this one?” I’m pretty sure they sole the mold when they made this one. It’s just that close.
With the Jordan Retro 9 Alter Ego craze in mid hype, theres a lot of people trying to cop these. Even more trying to cop them all without blowing a hole in their wallet. copthesekicks.com can appreciate wanting to pickup a pair of j’s on the cheap, but you don’t want to get ripped off and thats what these are.
So far from what I’ve seen, most of the Kilroy (Alter Ego) series from non retail have been WAY below standard. I wouldn’t even call them replicas. Downright fake. Wrong tongue tag, wrong number on heel, no embroidering, wrong sole patterns. These aren’t the kind of thing you can fix either.
But don’t take my word for it, check out the video for yourself.
And the legit sneakers can still be found online, the Kilroy Colorway has had a record 8 restocks since launch. Finishline.com Footlocker.com
Nike Lebron X Diamond series Lava/Charcoal/Black/Total Orange (Mango) hiphopiop.com
Quality: Unknown 5/5
Comfort : 5/5
The Good: High quality materials (real flywire supports, hyperfuse and TPU wing).
The Bad: Dull orange on swoosh. Tongue tab too short. Ankle support uneven edges.
The Ugly: Flat laces/should be round with orange tip. Toebox too long.
Conclusion: No manufacturing mistakes visible, and superb materials. This Lebron X is as comfortable to wear as it is beautiful. So far nike has released only four versions of the Lebron X Crown Jewel (Fireberry), USA (Gold Medal), Blue Diamond (wind chill) and China Jade (Cutting Jade). This colorway first appeared this summer is yet to be released and has been rumored to be called “Magma”. Since the details haven’t been released yet, we’re unsure if they will have nike+ support, but leaked photos so far don’t seem to support that.
UPDATE Shoes dropped 12/08/2012 with the official name being “Lava”
The box was a Lebron 9 box with a Lebron X sticker sloppily stuck on there. Being hiphopiop, it’s not like I expected a box to arrive in good shape anyway. They taped bubble wrap to the box, which tore it apart when removing the wrap. Best intentions aside, a sturdier box to ship the package in would work much better. The shoe itself is very nice, looks amazing, feels amazing. The 360 pocket and flywire/TPU make you feel like the shoe was custom made for your foot. True to Lebron shoes, it runs about half a size small. Altho the shoe is missing the phylon midsole it is still extremely comfortable, almost as good as the real thing. Hyperfuse design eliminates a lot of the stitching/painting issues you come to expect when ordering shoes from China, however the orange on the swoosh is a little dull. The silver is gunmetal gray, which is in line with the legit ones. Heel design has the flaming diamonds. Beware replicas with shiny silver and American flags on the heel.
Ultimately at $150 less than you’d pay for a retail cop, these shoes are the most bang for the buck I’ve ever seen.
The Good: Perfect stitching, good material and size.
The Bad: Scuff on heel, silver pen mark. Side sole paint a little sloppy on the right.
The Ugly: Possible tongue pattern issue, side jumpman a little too small.
Conclusion: Good-Seller.com has again hit a home run with the Retro 7 Gold Medal colorway. They were one of the first on the scene to offer this colorway, and still with much unknown about how exactly they will look, it seems they really got this right. Once again lending support to their claim that that these shoes are made in the same factory as the originals.
The box and retro card are pointless as part of the Gold Medal Package, but the package and shoes arrived in good shape. When I first pulled these out of the box I was surprised how clean they were. Leather and suede were high quality and color was spot on. Compared to my recent retail pickup of the 7 olympics, the size and shape was dead on as well.
Now the tongue size, pattern and lettering are slightly different that most of the sample pictures floating around, however we won’t know exactly how they should look until they come out on the 18th. The closer I’d look at them the more I’d see tiny imperfections, but I wouldn’t even say any more-so that most retail pick-ups I’ve had. Slight residue on the sole, paint slightly off, and there was a scuff on the heel and silver mark as pictured. Really pretty far from a deal breaker, and based on Good-Seller’s FAQ, I’d say these could be samples or b-grades. They’re just too close to the real thing.