Li-Ning Way Of Wade 5 REVIEW: Is This a Downgrade?

LI-NING WAY OF WADE 5

Li-Ning Way: Angled


Type: Low Top

Retail Price: $160

Tech: EVA

Fit: True to Size

Available Colors: 2+

My Rating: 5/10


THE LATEST WAY OF WADE

After doing the Way Of Wade 4 review, I immediately took the new WOW 5’s for a test. So here’s a Li-Ning Way Of Wade 5 review!

I’ll talk about the shoe’s tech specs, performance, comfort, materials and decide it it’s worth the price. Let’s start the Li-Ning Way of Wade 5 review!

 

THE TECH

EVA – I seriously did not know what to f**king put in here. Since there’s literally no info about the shoe’s detailed tech specs and I obviously didn’t want to rip it open, I assume this kind of sh**ty cushion should be EVA foam. Yeah, more on that later.

 

PERFORMANCE


FIT/COMFORTLi-Ning Way: Front

So the shoes are at least comfortable, to begin with. They’re true to size, these do need some break-in time because of the rigid materials, but other than, I didn’t have any issues with the comfort or overall fit aspect.

CUSHION

Okay, now for the cushion. So there are two main branches in terms of cushion types: responsive and bouncy. Of course, there are some really well-balanced and rounded out ones too, but this just plain sucks.

I mean, I couldn’t feel anything in terms of bounce or impact protection. They weren’t that responsive too – they’re actually similar to the Kyrie 2’s cushion. Which is f**king concrete.

TRACTION

Traction looks durable judging by the rubber compound, but it doesn’t perform that well. I could live with it (slipping here and there), but the pattern clogs up dust super quickly.

You wouldn’t slide if you really tried but that’s not how a shoe should perform. I was constantly thinking about the shoe’s grip while playing which isn’t a good thing at all. I don’t know if they would do the same outdoors, but like I said, at least they’re durable.

SUPPORTLi-Ning Way: Outsole

Support was solid though. The upper is very sturdy with layers for extra protection and lockdown. Containment was fine, I didn’t slip out of the footbed (and I couldn’t because of the limiting traction).

There’s a TPU heel counter for heel lockdown, a wide base overall and the fit is proper, so that combines into solid support. Most smaller players/play styles could wear these.

MATERIALS

The upper is mesh with synthetic overlays and some rigid plasticy constructions on top. Not a premium setup at all, but it does the job. It’s comfortable, supportive and durable.

 

PRICE VS. QUALITYLi-Ning Way: Back

$160. I get it. Underdog brands need beefier price tags in order break into the market. But I don’t give two sh*ts about that, I’m a consumer, just like you guys out there.

There are DOZENS of shoes that are cheaper and perform better. PRICE wins this one.

 

FINAL VERDICT

So the WOW 5 could be considered a downgrade. And that’s too bad since the WOW 4 was not that bad and I had solid expectations for this one.

They’re comfortable, but they have crappy cushion and traction, support along with the upper was fine though.

I honestly don’t see a reason to get them apart from if you’re a Wade fan. Or if you really want a WOW shoe to try out, check out the 4th one.

PROS

+ Comfortable, a proper one-to-one fit
+ Solid support in all areas
+ Durable, would be solid for outdoor play

CONS

 Cushion is garbage in every way
 Traction is crappy too
160 bucks for a poor shoe, that’s not a good deal

RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVELi-Ning Way Of Wade 5: Angled

ADIDAS CRAZYLIGHT BOOST 2016 LOW

You want a little bit of everything at a MUCH lower price? Go with these.

Full-length BOOST. SprintPlate. Continental Rubber. A jacquard upper. Everything at $120.


 

That’s it for the review!