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Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash

Released 3/2023, Low Top, Dwyane Wade, 
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8.5
EXPERT RATING
5 reviews
9.2
USER RATING
16 ratings
The Son of Flash has solid overall performance with grippy traction well-suited for outdoor play.

Best Suitable For:

This shoe is a good pick for quick guards looking for responsive cushioning.

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Available at 2 shops | Official Retail Price: $134.99
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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings (5)
User Ratings (16)
Traction
9.0
Cushion
8.2
Materials
8.3
Support
8.6
Fit
8.3
Outdoor
90%

Weight & Sizing:

Weight:
light
heavy
Sizing:
small
large
Width:
narrow
wide

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User Rating9.29.0(0.2)9.1(0.1)9.2(0.0)8.7(0.5)8.4(0.8)
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Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash Review

Pros:
Grippy, durable traction
Responsive cushioning
Cons:
Not as plush as other Li-Ning shoes
Narrow fit

Performance of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

The traction on the Son of Flash performs consistently well on clean courts, and dust isn't much of an issue. Li-Ning uses a combination of Cloud and Boom foam for the cushioning. It's not thick, plays light, and has plenty of responsiveness. Reviewers agree the materials are thin and breathable. For the price, the materials don't feel cheap either. No reviewers reported any support and lockdown issues, but no reviewer pointed out any highlights too. The support is simply decent. The Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash is a well-rounded performance shoe best suited for quick, shifty players.
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Expert Reviews of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

Expert Rating: 8.5 (ranks #109 of 295)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
4
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
The Wade Son of Flash is another top performer in the Li-Ning lineup. It excels outdoors. The traction is excellent, the cushioning is well-balanced, and there's more than enough support and containment.
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8.4
April 29, 2023
The Son of Flash plays extremely fast. The first step of the shoe is explosive because of the foam and shank setup, and the herringbone traction pattern helps with stops.
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8.3
April 13, 2023
I consider the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash an amazing shoe for the price. The traction is grippy, and the cushioning is good enough for most players. There are also no issues with the support.
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8.2
April 13, 2023
The Li-Ning Son of Flash is ideal for outdoor use because of the thick rubber outsole. The cushioning is responsive but not the best for impact protection. The shoe is a solid budget option.
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8.0
April 13, 2023
The Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash has top-tier traction and low-to-the-ground cushioning. I felt quick and light on my feet when playing in this shoe.
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User Reviews of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

User Rating: 9.2 (ranks #27 of 295)
10 - Amazing
4
9 - Great
9
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.5
June 9, 2023
These are one of the best outdoor basketball shoes of all time. They hold up amazing after a long time of being used and they look amazing with the lightning bolt on the side that looks great while in the outdoor or indoor light.
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8.2
August 24, 2023
Amazing shoe at the start, very nice traction and cushion, and the materials were breathable. The main problem was the durability, about a month of wearing the shoe and it has various holes and rips in it.
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9.2
July 6, 2023
Great outdoors, materials are peeling a bit for me though (glue coming off of front part of outsole)
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10.0
July 8, 2023
I kinda love this shoes at the first look so fire and very durable
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9.2
November 8, 2023
User didn't add a summary.
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Traction of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

Expert Traction Rating: 9.0 (ranks #72 of 295)
User Traction Rating: 9.4 (ranks #39 of 295)
10 - Amazing
8
9 - Great
12
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
The outsole is tacky and offers multidirectional coverage.
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9.0
April 29, 2023
The outsole is the best part of the Son of Flash. It sticks to indoor courts, but the rubber is a bit hard.
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9.0
April 13, 2023
The rubber is grippy right out of the box, and the bite is solid. I didn't have any issues with dust, either.
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8.0
April 13, 2023
The traction feels good, but it could've been better.
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9.0
April 13, 2023
The traction is top-tier on clean courts, and the grip bites through dust well.
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Cushion of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

Expert Cushion Rating: 8.2 (ranks #187 of 295)
User Cushion Rating: 8.7 (ranks #114 of 295)
10 - Amazing
2
9 - Great
10
8 - Good
8
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
The cushioning is low-profile and has decent impact protection. It also has an incredible amount of court feel.
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8.0
April 29, 2023
Most of the foam is Cloud foam, but there are pods of Boom in the forefoot and under the heel. The cushioning is bouncy, and the shank is thick.
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8.5
April 13, 2023
The cushioning is excellent, with solid responsiveness. It's comfortable on foot and has a nice bouncy feeling.
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8.0
April 13, 2023
The cushioning is low profile, so it feels responsive.
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7.0
April 13, 2023
The cushioning setup is alright. It feels responsive, but I felt underwhelmed compared to other Li-Ning offerings.
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Materials of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

Expert Materials Rating: 8.3 (ranks #110 of 295)
User Materials Rating: 8.8 (ranks #67 of 295)
10 - Amazing
4
9 - Great
8
8 - Good
8
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
The materials are nothing special, but the performance isn't affected.
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8.0
April 29, 2023
The materials don't heat up too much, and the upper cools off nicely too. They also hold up well in the durability test.
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8.0
April 13, 2023
The materials are thin and breathable.
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9.0
April 13, 2023
The materials on the shoe are impressive. It isn't premium, but it looks good and feels comfortable. It's also sturdy and well-ventilated.
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8.0
April 13, 2023
I like the textile materials. They're thin and supportive. It also doesn't feel cheap.
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Support of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

Expert Support Rating: 8.6 (ranks #114 of 295)
User Support Rating: 8.9 (ranks #90 of 295)
10 - Amazing
4
9 - Great
10
8 - Good
6
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
The layering of the upper keeps your foot secure. The shoe is also stable, and the TPU pieces keep you contained.
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9.0
April 29, 2023
The lightning design on the side of the shoe offers a ton of stability. The lacing system and materials also help with the lockdown.
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8.0
April 13, 2023
Stability and support are decent.
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8.0
April 13, 2023
The support laterally is sturdy, and it contains your foot well. I didn't haven't any problems with heel lockdown and containment either.
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8.0
April 13, 2023
The support and lockdown were good for me.
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Fit of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

Expert Fit Rating: 8.3 (ranks #143 of 295)
User Fit Rating: 9.1 (ranks #31 of 295)
10 - Amazing
8
9 - Great
4
8 - Good
9
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
Once you get the right size, the shoe feels secure, and your foot feels contained.
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8.0
April 29, 2023
The fit feels more streamlined but less plush. It feels like more of a performance fit.
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8.0
April 13, 2023
I had to loosen the eyelets to customize the fit, but it felt comfortable.
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8.0
April 13, 2023
The fit feels snug but supportive. The forefoot is narrow, though.
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8.0
April 13, 2023
There's some extra length in the toe box of the shoe, but it doesn't affect the performance.
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Durability of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

User Durability Rating: 9.5 (ranks #18 of 295)
10 - Amazing
11
9 - Great
3
8 - Good
0
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
0

Outdoor of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 90.0 (ranks #39 of 295)
User Outdoor Rating: 92.9 (ranks #29 of 295)
Good (100%)
17
Fair (50%)
1
Bad (0%)
1
The rubber is good enough for indoor and outdoor use.
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good
April 29, 2023
The rubber plays very well on outdoor courts.
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good
April 13, 2023
These shoes should be good for playing outdoors.
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good
April 13, 2023
The rubber is thick and good enough for outdoor use.
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fair
April 13, 2023
The rubber outsole is thick enough for outdoor use.
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Width of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

very narrow
0
slightly narrow
10
regular
9
slightly wide
0
very wide
1
slightly narrow
Wide-footers go up half a size.
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regularly wide
April 29, 2023
Go true to size if you have a wide foot, and prefer a snug fit. Go up half a size if you prefer a less snug fit.
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slightly narrow
April 13, 2023
The shoe is slightly narrow.
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slightly narrow
April 13, 2023
The shoe is narrow.
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Size of the Li-Ning Wade Son of Flash:

very small
0
slightly small
6
true to size
12
slightly long
3
very long
0
½ size small
Go up half a size unless you prefer a snug fit.
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true to size
April 29, 2023
Go true to size if you have a narrow or medium foot.
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½ size small
April 13, 2023
I recommend going up half a size.
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true to size
April 13, 2023
I went true to size, but I have a regular foot.
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½ size small
April 13, 2023
I went up half a size.
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