I have a love/ hate relationship with the Way of Wade 3. I love how it looks. I love its materials. I love it’s traction. But I hate how they felt while playing in them. Cushion was a huge weak point as was the cumbersome shank plate. With all that said; I’ve never seen – or felt – such a drastic change between an original vs. the ‘takedown’ as I have with the Wade 3 Lite.
Traction is still great, and much like the 808, you can hoop in these indoors or outdoors without any issue. Materials are technically not a nice as the premium stuff we saw with the regular Wade 3, but the Lite feels, fits, and flexes better with your foot. I’d still recommend going up 1/2 size on them for the perfect fit, but that’s entirely up to you. Cushion density was altered for the better and the shank was altered as well. You’ll visually see the altered shank because it’s no longer Carbon Fiber, but what you don’t see is that these don’t run under foot like the original did which allows the shoe to move and flex with your foot much more naturally than the original pair. These, much like the 808, are also a cheaper option in terms of price…and I ain’t mad about that. Saving money while gaining value is never a bad thing. If you want that dope premium vibe to your kicks when rocking them off-court then the WoW 3 is the way to go…just use the WoW 3 Lite when you make your way onto the court and your feet will thank you later.