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Dwyane Wade and Li-Ning Officially Announce the WADE Brand

October 10th, 2012 by | 17 comments

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Growing up in Chicago, Dwyane Wade idolized Michael Jordan, so it was a great honor for him to follow in his hero’s footsteps and represent the Jumpman for Jordan Brand. That partnership has ended and a new one has been formed, this time with Dwyane pulling another move out of MJ’s playbook, albeit for a different team now. It has already been reported that Wade will be joining Li-Ning, but the plot thickens a bit, as it looks like there will be a little more to the story. Like Mike branched out on his own with his own signature brand, Dwyane will be partnering with Li-Ning to launch WADE Brand, a division still operating under Li-Ning, but centered around all things D-Wade. The “Way of Wade” will be his first signature shoe as seen below and in previous posts, and will be followed by additional models, apparel and even gear for kids. Read more about today’s big announcement after the jump and stick with us for more on this intriguing new endeavor.

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Li-Ning Wade #MakeTheChange

October 9th, 2012 by | 42 comments

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Thanks to the covert updates that Sneaker News has kept you up on, you already know that Dwyane Wade has made a huge change in his sneaker career, allowing his Jordan Brand contract to expire and linking up with Chinese sportswear entity Li-Ning. Tomorrow marks the 10/10 date hinted at by Wade on which the partnership is expected to officially be announced, but we’ve got some more photos and info ahead of that to shed light on the situation. First of all, Wade will have his sub-brand known simply as ‘Wade’, with an apparel line that he will have executive control over thrown in the mix. Secondly, reports have the line launching in China “soon” with an expected US arrival in Spring 2013.

During this big-time change for one of the league’s biggest athletes (#MakeTheChange being the apparent name of the campaign), some more insight has been given on the Wade/Jordan Brand split, with Wade speaking on the subject with “In the end, the pros outweighed the cons, Jordan might have that cool factor, but I’m at a different point in my career. I want to be involved in building something.” There’s no doubt that this new endorsement has given him that building opportunity, letting him carve out his own path and create a footwear legacy independent influence from any other Chicago heroes. You can expect to see Wade rocking his new Li-Ning’s on the regular at a couple upcoming exhibition matches out in China, with the in-game pairs to be auctioned off afterwards, thus becoming the first ever Wade x Li-Ning sneakers up for grabs. Click through with us to get the latest look at Dwyane Wade’s Li-Ning prototypes and check back tomorrow for more on the official dawn of the Wade/Li-Ning era.

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Li-Ning Dwyane Wade Signature Model

October 7th, 2012 by | 57 comments

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It’s here. One of the league’s biggest stars has ended his long standing relationship with one of the league’s most prominent outfitter of on-court sneakers, Dwyane Wade going a little left of field in his signing with Chinese athletic company Li-Ning. And what will be first up to kick off this new era in his sneaker career? You’re looking at it. The model, the name of which is still unclear, steers clear of any Heat colors at the moment, building off a clean black and white colorway with some wink and nod D-Wade elements like that slick ‘W’ set up at the front end of the lace placket and the various ‘Wade’ hits about. Click through to check out the first solid shots of the Dwyane Wade Li-Ning silhouette and drop us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Dwyane Wade Practices in Li-Nings

October 5th, 2012 by | 18 comments

dwyane wade practices in his li ning signature shoe Dwyane Wade Practices in Li Nings

Having officially switched sponsors, Dwyane Wade is no doubt eager to get right to work in testing out his new Li-Ning sneaker, a model which will mark his tenth season in the NBA and his first under the newly established Li-Ning signing. Of course we don’t know the name of the model yet, or any release info, heck we haven’t even seen any official images. But what we can show you is this, D-Wade putting in some practice hours in the all new design. Click through with us to check out some sneaky shots of Dwyane Wade’s Li-Ning model and stick with Sneaker News as the story develops.

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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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KENLU x Li-Ning Conquer ‘Decade Camo’

December 25th, 2011 by | 9 comments

KENLU LiNing Decade Camo Conquer Collaboration 8 570x381 KENLU x Li Ning Conquer Decade Camo

It’s been a while since we gave you an update on Chinese upstart Li-Ning, but the brand has been hard at work pushing their unorthodox designs in an attempt to carve out a lane amongst the majors of basketball footwear. Collabo models are always a big step in curating a brand for the sneakerhead set, and although our stateside readers may not be familiar with the partner here, Kenlu is one of the bigger online sneaker outlets for the Chinese market. This team up in celebration of their tenth anniversary sees the Conquer model get a digital camo peppered with plus signs, dubbed ‘decade camo’. The special detailing continues throughout the body of the sneaker, with the various ‘Kenlu’ hits and the swappable ankle patches making this Li-Ning release truly unique. Hit the jump for a more in depth view and let us know what you think of the KENLU x Li-Ning Conquer ‘Decade Camo’.

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