Though they may have a little extra income at their disposal, celebrities are prone to buying fake sneakers like anybody else. With a need for ego-feeding exclusivity and locked up schedules, the famous don't always make informed decisions or keep an eye on what their stylists are sending their way. As a result, they're often shipped outright knockoffs or flawed early release pairs from China.
The issue came to a head last week, when sneakerheads challenged Jim Jones on the authenticity of his 'Ring Night' Air Jordan 11 Ray Allen PE. Only two pairs were produced by Jordan Brand for Allen, but a healthy amount of replicas are currently listed on eBay. Jones owns one of those replicas, but seemed poised to prove that his connections run deeper than those of even the biggest non-famous collectors. Like most celebs when they're caught with fake product, Jones labeled naysayers as "haters" who are "mad because they don't have them." Right.
Fake Shoe: Air Jordan 11 'Concord' #45 Sample
Khaled may have the best celebrity sneaker room, but there's a couple of fake pairs lining those shelves. Owners of the so-called #45 'Concord' Air Jordan 11 sample may be the most stubborn of all fake owners. It doesn't matter what's printed on the lining — they're not real.
Fake Shoe: Air Jordan 4 'Cement'
Bless Spo's heart. You know he walked into practice like, "What? These old things?"
Fake Shoe: Air Jordan 6 'Pantone'
If you Google 'Fabolous Fake Jordans, ' the number of results will blow your mind. Fab does have a relationship with Jordan Brand, but gets caught wearing fakes more than any celebrity.
Fake Shoe: Air Jordan 4
Yukmouth is a Bay Area rap legend. That's good news, because he'd hear a lot more about his fake kicks if he were a bigger star.
Fake Shoes: Air Jordan 8 & 9
It hurts to put Mega on this list because he's a criminally underrated emcee with a pretty obvious passion for sneakers. Can't ignore those back-of-The Source fake Js to the left, though.
Fake Shoe: Air Jordan 7
On second thought, The Game may have a case over Fabolous for the celebrity who's been spotted wearing fakes the most.
Shoe: Air Jordan 11 Ray Allen 'Ring Night' PE
Not only did Capo get burned on a pair of fakes, but he went against the online sneaker community to argue their authenticity. Say what you want about sneakerheads, but that's a war you can't win.
Fake Shoe: Air Jordan 11 White/Royal
The great thing about Shawty Lo is that he probably doesn't give a damn what people say about his sneakers, as long as they match.