Li-Ning Way of Wade 5 Initial Thoughts
The Way of Wade 5 from Chinese sneaker brand Li-Ning is newly minted Chicago Bull Dwayne Wade’s 5th signature shoe with the brand. The Way of Wade 5 will feature a mesh upper with synthetic leather overlays that have 3M integrated in the color way featured in the images below. The shoe also looks to feature a carbon fiber shank plate to modify the as yet unannounced cushioning system. The traction pattern looks like it will be hit or miss, either this thing will perform like a monster or you will slide all over the place. The yellow and white color way below has been dubbed “Lemonade”. Personally, I am not a fan of this color way at all, it looks like the kind of color way that a brand would use on a really boring running shoe. The silhouette, on the other hand, is very appealing. The Way of Wade 5 does not try to look extreme or futuristic, the shoe almost has the look of a classic runner. The simple design with the little touches like the V and IIIII branding and the geometric patterns in the tongue make this a visually pleasing shoe that may not catch your eye for being the craziest looking shoe, but the Way of Wade 5 looks like it will look just as good off of the court as it will on the court. I can’t wait to see new color ways of the shoe, as it can only look better after this Lemonade version. I am not sure if we will cop these and do a performance review, so if you do want us to do one let us know in the comments and tell us what you think of the Way of Wade 5 and this color way. These images and details were obtained via weartesters and kicksonfire (2nd post).