Dwyane Wade has been a trailblazer in the sportswear industry since his landmark signing with Li-Ning in 2012. His move was a significant departure from the norm, as he became one of the first major stars to partner with a Chinese sportswear label. Since then, Wade has become the face of Li-Ning's basketball division and established his sub-label, Way of Wade. Li-Ning is set to release the Way of Wade 1.0 Birthday in tribute to this ongoing partnership and Wade's legacy.
The Li-Ning Way of Wade 1.0 Birthday edition celebrates the player and the playful spirit of the game. The sneaker features a vibrant, multi-color arrangement, incorporating gold, red, blue, green, purple, pink, brown, and white hues. This What The-like design comes split down the center, with the lateral side in a clean white finish and the medial side in a multi-color arrangement. Each pair in this special edition is mismatched, showcasing a combination of patent leather, nubuck, and smooth leather overlays, creating a rich textural experience.
Wade's branding is prominently featured on the tongue and heel, affirming the shoe's identity. The sole unit of the sneakers is another highlight, with caution tape graphics on the left pair and a striking gradient from red to orange on the right. These designs are complemented by a clean white outsole, grounding the design with a touch of simplicity.
The Li-Ning Way of Wade 1.0 Birthday will release on January 20, 2024, three days after his birthday, and will be available through Li-Ning online and in-store. Coming in men's sizing, retail is set at $200. Stay updated on this release and more by downloading the Sole Retriever mobile app.
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