Verdict from 7 experts and 9 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • According to wearers, the Tetris-like traction pattern of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 6 only needs a quick wipe for it to perform beastly on  the court.
  • The majority of buyers leave comments that their feet remain dry the entire game.
  • A good number of reviewers mention that the Li-Ning Way of Wade 6 has become a part of their rotation. They claim the traction works well on any court.
  • Wide-footers are happy that they can comfortably wear these low-top basketball shoes.
  • Several wearers agree that the knit upper of the signature shoes is flexible and durable.
  • Many buyers are thankful for the midfoot strap of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 6. They say it locks their foot well.
  • Li-Ning’s way of combining different types of technologies in the midsole catches the attention of most users. They agree that the foams blend well and deliver excellent cushioning.
  • The Li-Ning WoW 6 feels heavy on hand but is actually light when worn.
  • A large number of users say that the signature shoe is aesthetically appealing.
  • A handful observe that these Li-Ning basketball shoes do not need breaking in.

3 reasons not to buy

  • According to a few wearers, court feel is compromised by these Li-Ning basketball shoes’ thick midsoles.
  • The Li-Ning Way of Wade 6 is too expensive according to many buyers. Had the shoe been sold for $110-$120, it would definitely get a better rating from them.
  • The toe area has a lot of dead space, mention some users. They say that it has the same forefoot fit as the Damian Lillard 5th signature shoe from Adidas.

Bottom line

So far, the Way of Wade 6 is the most well-reviewed basketball shoe produced by Chinese brand Li-Ning. The shoe receives high overall satisfaction ratings from plenty of wearers. If only the solid outsole rubber does not attract a lot of dust and the price is within the budget of most, these Li-ning basketball sneakers would have easily been hailed as one of 2017’s best.

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Good to know

Dwyane Wade’s Li-Ning Way of Wade 6 comes with a special midsole that features a combination of DriveFoam, CushioN, and CloudFoam for responsiveness. The breathable upper is made of knit. It comes with a midfoot strap for added security.

These Li-Ning basketball shoes were released in late 2017. This is Wade’s sixth signature shoe with the Chinese brand since he quit wearing basketball shoes from the Jordan brand in October 2012.

Cushion. The midsole of the Li-Ning Way of Wade 6 boasts three different types of cushioning materials. The forefoot features DriveFoam, which is basically made of polyurethane. It absorbs impact, maintains stability, and delivers court feel. The heel features the CushioN technology, which is highly responsive. The rest of the midsole boasts the lightweight and durable CloudFoam technology.

Traction. The outsole of the Li-Ning WoW 6 is made of solid rubber that features a modified Tetris-like traction pattern. Because the rubber is a bit of a dust magnet, giving it a quick wipe before using is recommended.

Length and Width. The Li-Ning Way of Wade 6 is true to  size according to the brand’s website. However, reviewers and wearers claim that it runs big, so going half a size down is recommended. As for wide-footers, they are advised to go with their true Li-Ning basketball shoe sizes. New buyers can always refer to the brand’s size chart.

Lockdown. To keep the foot in place, the Li-Ning Way of Wade 6 has the combined powers of a standard lace-up system and a midfoot strap. The Velcro strap is made of carbon fiber for durability. Because the toe area can be a little too spacious, reviewers suggest using an insole to achieve a better fit.

The Li-Ning Way of Wade 6 has a full-length knit upper for breathability and flexibility. There are fuse overlays in high-wear areas. The ankle collar is thickly padded for a comfortable hug on the foot.

The Li-Ning Way of Wade 6 is a low-top shoe that features a striped upper. As such, it can be paired with any type of casual and active wear, just as long as their colors jive.

It has a midfoot strap that locks on the medial side. At the base of this strap is a prominent Dwyane Wade logo. This logo also appears on top of the tongue and its underside. At the base of the tongue, a ‘WADE’ callout can be found.

The Li-Ning Way of Way 6 comes in different colorways. A few of which have special meanings to Dwayne Wade. The following are the shoe’s basic colorways:

  • Satori
  • Skyline
  • Sunrise
  • Xmas

The Edition Boutique X Way of Wade 6 “Art Basel Exclusive”

The Art Basel Exclusive version of the Li-Ning WOW 6 comes in a unique blend of blue and purple. It has the “THE EDITION BOUTIQUE” callout on the outsole. This collaborative rendition was released in December 2017. Only 500 pairs were made available.

Li-Ning Way of Wade 6 First Born

This entirely black pair of basketball shoes is a tribute to Dwyane Wade’s first child Zaire. The shoe features accents of metallic gold and a “ZAIRE” callout on the forefoot.

How Way of Wade 6 compares

This shoe: 91
All shoes average: 82
55 95
This shoe: $165
All shoes average: $132
$40 $500
This shoe: 14.1oz
All shoes average: 13.9oz
9oz 28.6oz
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.