Customs and border protection officers intercepted almost 15,000 pairs of counterfeit shoes at the LA Long Beach Seaport.
The kicks are illegal fakes of valuable special edition and retro Air Jordan Designs by Nike.
Authorities found them in two containers on a ship from China labeled "napkins." They say the real shoes can fetch up to two $2,000 online.
The street value of the cargo is estimated at more than 2.2 million dollars.
Officials warn people who buy specialty sneakers online are likely to encounter phonies at some point.