Li-Ning Way of Wade 9

Released 2/2021, Low Top, Dwyane Wade, 
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8.2
EXPERT RATING
1 reviews
8.8
USER RATING
2 ratings
The Way of Wade 9 is a fantastic shoe offering strong support and traction.

Best Suitable For:

Recommended for most playstyles, but more so for laterally, shifty players.

Price Comparison:

Available at 3 shops | Official Retail Price: $225
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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings (1)
User Ratings (2)
Traction
8.0
Cushion
8.0
Materials
8.0
Support
9.0
Fit
8.0
Outdoor
50%

Weight & Sizing:

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

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User Rating8.88.6(0.2)9.2(0.4)8.0(0.8)8.1(0.7)8.5(0.3)
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Li-Ning Way of Wade 9 Review

Pros:
Solid lockdown and stability
Traction bites hard
Cons:
The shoe is expensive

Performance of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

The traction on the WoW 9 has a strong bite, but reviewers mention that it does pick up dust, so make sure to wipe it often. For cushioning, most of it is caged, so it isn't the plushest, but it does offer an excellent court feel. Support is the strongest feature of the shoe. The plastic on the lateral side of the forefoot and the logo by the heel counter do a great job of keeping your foot contained. The materials are thin but still manage to feel premium. The shoe also fits snugly, so keep that in mind. If you can look past the price, the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9 is a shoe that has something to offer to every playstyle.
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Expert Reviews of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

Expert Rating: 8.2 (ranks #215 of 303)
10 - Amazing
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8 - Good
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8.2
February 18, 2022
The Li-Ning Way of Wade 9 offers premium features and materials. It could be lighter, and the cushion could be a bit more responsive, but I have no complaints other than that.
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User Reviews of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

User Rating: 8.8 (ranks #114 of 303)
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9.0
August 18, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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8.6
January 15, 2023
User didn't add a summary.
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Traction of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

Expert Traction Rating: 8.0 (ranks #230 of 303)
User Traction Rating: 9.0 (ranks #106 of 303)
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8.0
February 18, 2022
The traction pattern looks cool, and it bites pretty hard. The shoe does pick up dust easily, though.
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Cushion of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

Expert Cushion Rating: 8.0 (ranks #217 of 303)
User Cushion Rating: 8.5 (ranks #151 of 303)
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8.0
February 18, 2022
There isn't much compression from the foam in the shoe because the midsole is caged, but there is plenty of step-in comfort. It's a nice setup that offers a decent court feel.
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Materials of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

Expert Materials Rating: 8.0 (ranks #199 of 303)
User Materials Rating: 8.5 (ranks #121 of 303)
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8.0
February 18, 2022
The materials are thin and stretchy but have a layer of fuse to offer extra durability. It still feels minimal and comfortable on foot.
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Support of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

Expert Support Rating: 9.0 (ranks #26 of 303)
User Support Rating: 9.5 (ranks #18 of 303)
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9.0
February 18, 2022
Laterally, I had no issues because of the plastic plate at the side and the heel counter. Heel slippage and lateral stability were also non-issues.
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Fit of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

Expert Fit Rating: 8.0 (ranks #226 of 303)
User Fit Rating: 8.5 (ranks #166 of 303)
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8.0
February 18, 2022
I enjoy a snug, tight fit, and this shoe offers just that.
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Durability of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

User Durability Rating: 7.5 (ranks #257 of 303)
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Outdoor of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 50.0 (ranks #130 of 303)
User Outdoor Rating: 50.0 (ranks #167 of 303)
Good (100%)
0
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2
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fair
February 18, 2022
Durability should be ok.
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Width of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

very narrow
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slightly narrow
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regular
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slightly wide
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very wide
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slightly narrow
February 18, 2022
The shoe is snug in the toe box.
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Size of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 9:

very small
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slightly small
1
true to size
2
slightly long
0
very long
0
true to size
February 18, 2022
I went true to size and it fits my foot really well.
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