The Li-Ning Way of Wade 7 Performance Review
The Li-Ning Way of Wade 7 Performance Review is finally here. The Wade models have always been a hit or miss in regards to traction, but the Way of Wade 7 was a major miss. Iím not sure why the Wade Brand is able to deliver quality traction on the takedown models, but when it comes to the main signature itís always a guessing game as to whether or not youíll get something good. For the Wade 7 I slipped. Often. Actually, nearly every time I played in them. The only time I wasnít slipping and sliding around the hardwood was when I wasnít on the hardwood. I was on the blacktop. For whatever reason the shoes end up gripping well outdoors but I had no luck with them indoors. It could be the rubber compound. It could be the pattern. It could be a bit of both. All I know is that they were unwearable for me due to the traction alone. Even constant wiping couldnít save them. Supposedly the cushion setup is nearly the same as the Wade 6, which I loved, but the Wade 7 doesnít feel the same. They donít feel bad or anything, step-in comfort is amazing, but they feel pretty dead under-foot. Itís unfortunate because I loved the way the Wade 6 felt so much that it really set the bar pretty high for the Wade 7. Much like the traction, Iím not sure what went wrong here. If you like a lot of stability then these arenít bad, but you can get stability from other shoes that donít ride nearly as high off the floor as these do. Casual wearers will be fine, but if you wanted some plush or bouncy cushion then youíll want to stick with the Way of Wade 6. Materials are nice overall. Theyíre actually different with each release as well. Some feel much more premium than others, but they all have one thing in common ó theyíre all built really well. In terms of modern basketball shoes, these are one of the more well built models on the market. Theyíre durable and show little signs of wear. For those that have those two items high on their priority list then this might be a reason to consider the shoe. I personally hold traction and fit much higher, so while this area of the shoe is very good, itís not quite enough to sway me to lace them up again. Go down 1/2 size. Even for wide footers. The shoe just runs super long. Once I received a pair in the length I prefer, I still had some volume around the toe area where the toe cap portion is. The laces only go so far down as well so I couldnít really remedy that with tightening. Lockdown is decent, but the laces (I assume) were causing some sort of foot fatigue. I donít know if itís because theyíre thin or because the shoe overall is stiff/rigid, but they just werenít ideal. Iíd tighten to get the security I want and wound up with my feet feeling like they were going numb, and when Iíd loosen then a little then theyíd be too loose and flexed awkwardly. Support is good, but the shoes if very stiff because of it. At least I think thatís why. The carbon fiber plate isnít very large and looks to only reside at the arch, making torsional support very good, but the forefoot just doesnít flex well for me. However, tooling is flat and wide, with and extended base acting as an outrigger, so stability was on point. Materials and overlays helped with containment and making sure your foot doesnít shift over the footbed. But, they just didnít move well for me. Overall, I like the Way of Wade 7Ö off-court. I definitely donít want to play in them again. Traction was less than desirable while cushion wasnít anywhere near as awesome as it was last year with the Wade 6. Materials and build quality are great, but the overall functionÖ theyíre just stiff. Maybe itís just me. But this was my experience in the Way of Wade 7 so this is how they played for me. Iím glad I kept a pair of Wade 6s in the stash because those I feel are the best theyíve done thus far. If youíve played in the Nike Air VaporMax† feel free to share your thoughts on them down below in the comment section. You can also check out AnotherPairís performance review on the Wade 7 for a different perspective.
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