October 13, 2012 BY John Kim
One of the dominant stories of the week was the announcement and details of Dwyane Wade’s partnership with Li-Ning, but aside from all the bells and whistles, it’s the sneakers that matter to us. From there, we can make the proper judgement of whether or not the Wade-Ning deal is one to take seriously, or one that’ll fall on the wayside in favor of other established brands. This first detailed look at the Li-Ning Way of Wade reveals some impressive details and design cues that we haven’t really come to expect from Li-Ning based on previous designs for Baron Davis and Evan Turner; the padded and ribbed tongue, the skewed grid pattern on the toe-box, the funky ‘W’ structure of the laces – the Way of Wade is certainly headed in the right direction. A detailed viewing of the Black/Gold “Beijing Edition” colorway is right ahead, so give it a serious examination and let us know what your opinions are of the shoe.