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NOTE: This guide may not be 100% accurate so if you see any misleading information, please do tell me so I can fix it! Also this guide is meant for starters so if you are an experienced user, you do not have to read this guide as you can easily do your own research on which batch you think is the best in your own opinion.
Welcome to the world of replica sneakers, for all you broke ass people including me or if you just don't wanna pay resell for that grail you want because resell prices can be rape and you'll end up losing your house if you do so unless you a rich boy.
Before you proceed any further just want to let you know that this guide is very long and I am not shitting you, so take some time in reading this before asking any questions which might already be answered if you read the whole guide. Hope you all enjoy.
This guide will be broken down into multiple parts:
Introduction to Replica Sneakers
What are replica sneakers exactly? Well, replica sneakers are basically an "imitation" of sneakers made by companies such as Adidas and Nike for example. Replica sneakers have been in the market for a long time now and they are getting better recently.
Why are there replicas anyway? To be honest, I don't know why replicas are even made in the first place but for real though, copyright laws in China are not so strict compared to other countries so meaning to say if you set up a factory somewhere in China and make replicas of a certain shoe, they won't give a fuck about it unless the police decides to raid your factory.
Why do replica sneakers vary in price? It's because the quality used to make the shoes are different, hence you can see some shoes priced at $20 while the same shoe is priced at a higher price like $120 for example.
Replica Sneaker "Grade" Level
There are different "grades" of replica sneakers available in the market, ranging from (AAA,SP,SMP,UA,1:1)
Grade AAA - The lowest/worse tier. There will always be a lot major flaws that is easy to spot in a shoe. Don't even get me started in the comfort of the shoe, they have the worse comfort ever and I bet the shoes won't even last a month if you plan to wear em everyday. (I personally own a pair of AAA Jordan 4 "Fear" pack and holy shit it's like there's no insole at all.)
Super Perfect (SP) - Low tier. Unlike Grade AAA, SPs have lesser flaws and better shoe comfort but of course the quality of the shoe is still bad and may last 1-3 months depending on usage.
Super Max Perfect (SMP) - Mid tier. Now SMP shoes still have major flaws but it's minimum. 2-3 flaws mostly but if you wanna get a pair of reps and don't want to spend much on buying "UA" or "1:1" I would rather buy SMP shoes. The quality used in making SMP shoes are twice as better than "AAA" or "SP" so they might last you 6-12 months depending on usage.
Unauthorized Authentic (UA) - High tier. Like the name itself, Unauthorized Authentic or "UA" for short uses the same materials as the original shoe and usually has all major flaws fixed while leaving some minor flaws. No one will be able to call you out if you wear a UA shoe unless that person is an expert in legit checking.
1:1 - Highest tier. It's basically the same as UA, uses same materials like the original shoe, has no major flaws, but the only difference is that it has only at least 1-2 flaws. Of course there are flaws to prevent a "lawsuit" from the original company but those flaws are minor and it's not that obvious.
*(BONUS) True 1:1 - God tier. Same materials as original shoe (probably the same factory too), shoe is flawless and this can easily pass as retails or you can even call it retails but of course, true 1:1s will never happen. Or will it?
* True 1:1 is just satire, no rep will ever be a true 1:1 due to reasons (see 1:1) unless you have an insider in the factories who can replicate you the shoe.
Replica Sneaker Shopping
You can purchase reps anywhere, even in your local shopping mall. My local shopping mall sells those "very rare Yeezys with LEDs 1:1 very comfortable shoes"
For starters, when you want to get reps you usually check Amazon or eBay and sort the prices from lowest to highest well here is a tip, do not use Amazon or eBay when buying reps and use DHgate or Aliexpress instead. Why DHgate/Aliexpress you ask? Well, they usually have more selection of reps and it's usually cheaper than Amazon/eBay. (When buying from Amazon/eBay, no agent is needed unless you live outside a country where Amazon doesn't ship to/eBay seller doesn't ship to. But eh, who buys reps from those sites? You will get rekt anyways.)
Now if you really want those high quality reps look here, and if you haven't visited those subreddits (aka FashionReps/DesginerReps/RepSneakers) then I suggest you do, but if you have visited them then already you may have heard the names "PK, H12, Tony, David, Mango, etc.." but they don't sell cheap reps unless you buy from the so-called "middlemen" or a Taobao agent called CSSbuy.
How do replica sneakers fit? Well most fit TTS (True to size) like their original counterparts but there are some shoes where you have to half/full size down/up
"Okay OP, enough talking and just tell us how to buy from the people you mentioned!"
Usually, they have websites where you can buy their shoes from, here's a list (If there are sellers/middlemen/agents that I haven't added to the list yet, send me a PM and I'll add them):
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If you need a CC alternative to protect your real CC info from getting leaked when buying from a site using your CC, use Privacy.com. Take note that Privacy.com is only available for those living in the United States. As for the people living outside the US, there are other alternatives to help you hide your actual CC info. Just simply Google "Virtual Credit Card".
I know this is a very very common question. People always ask is this "Insert sellers IG username here" legit? And yes they are. BUT, when I say "Yes they are legit", it means that they are actually just another replica shoe seller.
Come to think of it, lots of Instagram hypebeasts that wants to join the Yeezy Boost hype train but has no money to buy a retail pair and actually buys "high quality replicas" from these Instagram sellers.
"Do they actually receive the shoes?" You can check YouTube for videos of the sellers as sometimes people actually record their review and experience when they purchase from this seller.
"So if the seller posts their buyers feedback on their Instagram page does than mean they are reputable?" Most of the time yes but also no. It's easy to "spoof" messages to make it look real unless like I said above, someone made a video review.
"I just bought from this Instagram seller, will I get fucked?" No you won't. Chances are you might get bait and switched, but again please do buy from reputable sellers next time.
Here is my advice when buying with Instagram sellers. If they have their own website I wouldn't want to risk it as your CC info may get leaked unless you use Privacy.com. If that seller has an Aliexpress/DHgate page then you are safe as you can get your money back with Aliexpress/DHgate's buyer protection program. Like I said before, always buy from new sellers at your own risk, I am not responsible if you do get finessed.
(Skip this part if you know how to buy from Taobao)