Li-Ning Way of Wade 7 Performance Review | AnotherPair


The Way of Wade 7 is finally here. How many of you slept on this solid performer?



Starting with the outsole, Li-Ning decided to go with a translucent traction pattern with Dwyane Wade’s logo all over it, which is different. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this before, but it’s dope. The traction was solid; they do pick up dust on dirtier courts but as long as you keep up on your wipes, you will be fine.

If you are looking for something you can play in outdoors, I do think this shoe can be a candidate because it won’t wear down as quickly as others.

The cushion is a little different this year in the 7’s. Drive Foam has been removed and replaced with something that looks a lot like Boost. The deconstruction of the shoe is here on Weartesters.com, so if you want to see what that new cushion looks like, go check it out.

Anyway, the cushion didn’t feel as plush as it did in the Way of Wade 6. The Wade 7’s is little more on the firm side, but not a bad firm.
The cushion is still lovely especially with the pillow on the heel of the insole. My goodness, this thing gave me life. Responsiveness is there, only if you concentrate. However, the impact protection is fire and makes up for that lack of responsiveness — it’s definitely a comfortable ride.

Moving on to the materials, you got a textile mesh upper with a synthetic shroud at the forefoot. I feel like the shroud is there for looks and the reason I say that is because it didn’t do anything for me. It didn’t wrap my foot the way I would have liked.

However, the mesh underneath had its back for sure because that stuff wrapped my foot nicely. It’s like taking a baked potato wrapped up really good in foil, a.k.a mesh, then putting it in a bag, a.k.a the synthetic overlay. The overlay is pretty soft, so you don’t have to worry about it pinching or anything like that. Overall, I enjoyed the materials

As for the fit, the Way of Wade 7’s does run a bit long. Some of you may want to go down a half-size. I went true-to-size and that works for me. However, what works for me may not work for you. Wide footers, I think you guys can stay TTS as well.

If you own a pair of the WOW 6’s, they fit a little like that so you can use that shoe to help you with your sizing. If you don’t own the WOW 6, then may God be with you, because Lord knows if I tell you all one thing and I’m wrong, oh man, y’all will turn into mini-devil babies and try to tear a brother down. It’s all love though.

Now, the support was fire. This shoe did a great job of making sure your foot is secure and glued to the footbed. The midsole is cupping the midfoot, so no lateral movements occur. There’s an internal heel counter and a carbon fiber external heel counter in place to contain the heel. The base is wide, giving you a natural outrigger and a huge carbon fiber shank plate for torsional support. I have no complaints about the support whatsoever.

Overall, the Way of Wade 7’s are a fun shoe to play in; I enjoyed playing ball in these thang thangs. Would I recommend them? Most definitely. I think more people should give the Wade’s a try anyway because if you ask me, they are a sleeper.


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