Decided to make this educational thread seeing how I've noticed so many threads/conversations on Jordan's from Taobao. A buddy of mine decided to Order Royal 1's from Taobao and when they arrived he was shocked to see all the differences we found when compared to a retail pair. I understand they are not being compared to another pair of Royal 1's but its the same model shoe. The differences are still by the dozen. Point I am trying to make across to other members is to stay away from Taobao / GM shoes, they are not legit. Many argue the materials are the same but that is bull. Taobao shoes do not come with the same materials, these are just the highest quality fake available. Pics: Retail box is on the right. BOTH ARE SIZE 10 US. The Taobao pair did not even fit inside the box! Taobao. Retail. Leather on the Shadows is much more dry/flat & a much higher quality. The leather on the Royals was very shiny and plastic looking. This picture speaks for itself, just look at the tags. Also not sure if the material on the tongue changes from Shadows to Royals but it is also different. Extra lace bag was x2 bigger than the retail pair. Mold of the soles is all wrong. Compare all the lines. Well those were just some of the many flaws/differences we can find. Another main thing to look for when looking for legit pairs is peaks. I dont have any pictures to show you guys from the Royals had peaks in the leather all over the shoe. In conclusion guys stay away from all Taobao / GM shoes. They are NOT legit nor come made with the same materials. Some look very close to retail pairs but once you compare them in hand to actual retail shoes, the difference will always be night & day. Safe buying! Hope this helps someone out.