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DWYANE WADE Dwyane Wade is a Jordan Brand athlete. He has his own signature line of sneakers called the Jordan Fly Wade. Dwyane Wade currently plays for the Miami Heat and played college basketball at Marquette.

Dwyane Wade Teases Li-Ning “10/10″ Signature Shoe

October 2nd, 2012 by | 10 comments

dwyane wade li ning signature shoe Dwyane Wade Teases Li Ning 10/10 Signature Shoe

With Dwyane Wade officially exiting the house that Michael built, it didn’t take very long for Li-Ning and Wade to make their connection known. The preview shown comes from the Instagram of Flash himself, with the ominous caption of #10/10, a possible allusion to this being his 10th season in the NBA, or perhaps even an earlier than expected release date. Right off the bat, we see ‘WADE’ and a unique W-shaped lacing system, so clearly Li-Ning had something prepared for the superstar. Click through with us to check out the first ever shot from the newly minted partnership between Dwyane Wade and Li-Ning and let us know in the comments below how you think these will compare to Wade’s now extinct lineup of Jordan Brand models.

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Dwyane Wade Joins Li-Ning

October 1st, 2012 by | 16 comments

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Roughly one month ago a report of a potential split between Jordan Brand and its purported top-level athlete/representative Dwyane Wade created some interesting discussion among our readers. Wade is indeed one of the star athletes of the entire NBA and certainly one of the few multi-Championship All-Stars that are still active in the game, but in Wade’s case, his star status both on and off the court didn’t translate into major sales numbers or anything remotely close to the standards of the Air Jordan legacy. Even in Sneaker News’ recent Jordan Brand Holiday 2012/Spring 2013 preview, anything remotely ‘Wade’ wasn’t in sight, which pretty much said what needed to be said without words. In any case, Wade’s contract with the brand that started in 2009 has seen its inevitable end, and it is now confirmed by current Li-Ning brand endorsee Evan Turner of the Philadelphia Sixers that Dwyane Wade has indeed joined Chinese athletic brand Li-Ning.

While no break-up is ever worth a celebration, this business decision looks to benefit both sides; the Fly Wade series experienced mediocre-at-best sales and perhaps didn’t justify his annual salary (one that would’ve needed to be raised or been in at the same rate in order to keep him), but the flipside may reveal that Wade is likely getting a generous endorsement contract as well as major marketing potential in China, where NBA stars are as heavily praised as they are in the States. It’s a move that gives Wade what he’s looking for (more international fame and relevance and more dollars) while allowing Jordan Brand a ‘fresh start’ of sorts with either a new line of performance basketball footwear or maybe even another signature athlete down the line. Your thoughts on Wade’s decision to jump to Li-Ning? Any suggestions as to who can step up and be Jordan Brand’s third guy?

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Pro Athletes And Sneakers Retrospective by Sports Illustrated

August 22nd, 2012 by | 10 comments

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The subject of sneakers has marched back into the mouths of the mainstream media this week, with quite a few outlets commenting on that $315 price tag that’s being slapped on to the Nike+ version of the Nike LeBron 10. So all of a sudden the typical topics that you see on sites like ours is getting lip service from less sneaker focused but still sports-centric publications – the widely subscribed Sports Illustrated being one of them. Sticking with the theme of the athlete/sneaker relationship they’ve dug up an impressive gallery of guys and gals from various sports caught with their footwear, some shots featuring signature silhouettes and some featuring models that were merely played in from time to time. Click through for the huge gallery that spans a good chunk of years with athletes like Wilt Chamberlain, Usain Bolt, Tim Duncan, Chamique Holdsclaw, Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Ryan Lochte, and Jeremy Lin all featured and less us know if you think this is the beginning of sports media getting much more involved in the sneaker game.

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Dwyane Wade To Li Ning?

August 17th, 2012 by | 41 comments

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In July of 2009, Jordan Brand executed a major power move in the sneaker endorsement game by adding the explosive Dwyane Wade to its roster; Wade, who was free from his contractual obligations with Converse Basketball, was free to explore his options – and plenty of suitors were certainly lining up for his services. Already having an NBA Championship under his belt, being rooted in Chicago, and playing in a similar manner to Michael Jordan himself, Wade and Jordan Brand seemed like a match made in heaven. Jordan seemed to have found the perfect heir to the Jordan throne and the brand’s legacy gained a stable backbone that would stabilize the mission for the next several years.

After being issued the Air Jordan flagship model that season, Dwyane Wade was finally presented with his first official signature shoe called the Jordan Fly Wade in April of 2011, and later, in December, the sequel named the Jordan Fly Wade 2 (in addition to the EV model for the Playoffs) followed. The Wade models immediately surpassed the longer-running Jordan Melo and Jordan CP3 line in price, indirectly appointing the Fly Wade as the top-tier Jordan Brand performance basketball model. However, in spite of Wade’s championship pedigree, his elite status in the NBA, and his celebrity-like recognition in Miami (and having an actress as a girlfriend), the Jordan and Wade partnership never really took off into the stratosphere like they had anticipated; sales of the Jordan Fly Wade were mediocre and it never made as much as a dent in the ‘lifestyle’ constituency, where Air Jordans, LeBrons, Kobes, and KDs reign king.

With Dwyane Wade’s contract with Jordan Brand coming to an end this summer, Wade is now back to where he was in 2009 – but he may be looking elsewhere to cash in. On the flip-side, Jordan Brand needs to weigh its options as well; Wade is reportedly paid $10 million a year from Jordan Brand, a price that may not make any fiscal sense if the Jordan Fly Wade line of footwear and apparel doesn’t earn enough to make the investment worth their while. In addition, reports of a cancellation of the Jordan Fly Wade 3 model has also pointed to Dwyane Wade moving on from Jordan Brand, and rumors of a potential move to Chinese athletic apparel brand Li-Ning, which already employs a number of NBA players, has only made a potential Wade/Jordan split more of a reality. Thoughts on this potential swing? Would Li Ning’s efforts in the US be more recognized if it added Wade as its flagship endorser? Who would Jordan Brand potentially replace Dwyane Wade with? This is certainly an interesting development so let us know what your thoughts are and we’ll keep you posted as more unfolds.

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Air Jordan XII – Dwyane Wade Heat Away PE

August 4th, 2012 by | 4 comments

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With Dwyane Wade out of the Olympics we’ve seen a slight uptick of him rocking retros, but curiously enough he doesn’t seem interested in donning anything from his no doubt large stash of Miami Heat flavored pairs. You’d think Wade’s Heat dedication would be at an all time high what with that new ring he just snagged but to each his own. Pictured here is a pair from the stash that was spotted on court a couple years back, the Air Jordan XII in a fiery combo to go with Miami’s away unis. Click through to check out the almost ‘Flu Game’ looking pair and take a look at how much a gem like this goes for from the likes of oregonsole on eBay.

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Jordan Fly Wade 2 EV – NBA Finals “Away” PE

June 25th, 2012 by | 4 comments

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What if the OKC Thunder pulled off a Game 5 win and extended the Series back to the Chesapeake Arena? Would their home-crowd support given them the ultimate edge and perhaps a series victory? Your guess would be as good as ours, but it appears that Jordan Brand had some extra-special ‘Away’ digs for Dwyane Wade to rock in case the Series had to go six, or many seven games. Wade did wear a similar Black/Red/Gold PE of his Fly Wade 2 EV during the first two games of the series, but this pair goes tonal red with the gold detailing on the logos, laces, and Flywire upper. The book is now officially closed on the Fly Wade 2 EV, barring a ‘Finals’ or ‘Championship’ release, but stay tuned to Sneaker News for more Jordan Fly Wade updates leading up to the third installment of the series.

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NBA Feet: 2012 Finals Game 5 Recap

June 22nd, 2012 by | 57 comments

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Has there been a pro athlete in history that has been under the watchful eye of the public and his peers more than LeBron James has? Since Day 1, the entire NBA was going after the bulls-eye that was placed on his back; opposing coaches were doubting him, sports reporters spewed unbridled hate, and it seemed the world preferred to see this High School man-child wilt in the spotlight rather than spawn a next-gen legend that would eventually rival the ranks of the Jordans, Birds, and Magics. There was no middle-ground with LeBron, so when he re-routed his career in mid-2010 in a trajectory straight toward an NBA title rather than play the role of home-town hero in Cleveland, the balance was shifted heavily toward the side of detractors. LeBron’s desire to win was unfairly misconstrued as taking the ‘easy way out’, and last year, it seemed like more celebrated Miami’s loss than they did Dallas’ win.

LeBron, Wade, and Bosh adopted a different approach to the ’11-’12 NBA Season. Gone was the ‘we got this’ swagger and in came the disciplined game-plan in which Wade and Bosh conceded to LeBron by playing the positions of side-kick and max-contract role-player; although the Heat did run into some trouble in the Playoffs, they appeared to evolve and adjust rather quickly, winning the Conference Semi-Finals, Conference Finals, and NBA Finals in come-from-behind fashion (they were trailing in all three match-ups). LeBron sported a stoic and grimacing demeanor not often seen prior to this year, but he was all smiles when the white and red confetti poured down from the sky and he immediately reminded us why he’s worthy of being an NBA Champion in a post-game interview by stating “I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland, but I understood what my future was about…that coming to Miami and being a part of this organization – I knew we had a bright future. This is a dream come true for me.”

So what happens now that LeBron James is an NBA Champion? You can count on critics clamoring for an *asterisk like Phil Jackson did in ’99 (in regards to San Antonio’s Championship in the shortened ’99 Season), or on fans blaming the officiating, but what’s done is done – hate it or love it, the King HAS a ring. LeBron, who already dominates the footwear game, will see his sky-high stock rise to new heights, Dwyane Wade will bask in the glory of being a multiple winner, and don’t forget Fab Five legend and 18-year veteran Juwan Howard, who can finally retire with some sort of Championship hardware. The Oklahoma City Thunder don’t have much to worry about either; they close out their season by giving the Thunder its first ever NBA Finals appearance, and it looks like KD and LeBron’s offseason workouts last Summer paid dividends –  so don’t be surprised if the two meet again next June. It’s been a great run, so thanks for following Sneaker News on our NBA Feet journey this season and check out Game 5 below! Photos: yahoo

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