Since joining Li-Ning in 2012, Dwyane Wade has released six (6) signature shoes under his Way of Wade line. Aside from the signature line, his brand has also expanded and created other models such as the All City. In particular, I will be reviewing the Way of Wade (WOW) All City 5. I was looking for a budget-friendly model as I get back to playing basketball on a weekly basis. I started browsing the web and forums until I bumped into a group talking about Chinese brands or Chinese kicks as they called it. As I continue reading and watching reviews, I realized it might be time to take a chance at a brand that is not Nike, Adidas or Under Armour.
I got my pair from Lazada (Taobao). Based on the number of feedback from the group, these were legitimate pair. For the price of Php 3,127 (~USD 60), these are great option for anyone with a budget under Php 5,000 (~USD 100).
The silhouette of the All City 5 will remind you of its more expensive brother, the Way of Wade 5 (WOW 5). The materials used are mainly mesh with fuse overlays. There are leatherette on both sides and at the back to provide support.
The toecap is primarily composed of mesh and fuse. There is a “DWADE” branding at the throat line of the shoe.
It uses a traditional lacing system. It comes with flat laces, a pair of white and black ones. The end of the tongue is large and is made out of leatherette. Once you tightened the laces you will feel additional support as the tongue wraps around your ankle.
Li-Ning added a nice touch on the tongue by stitching the Way of Wade logo. Normally on budget models, this type of detail will be printed on the material. These are simple touches that makes you appreciate the effort put into the shoe, even on a budget model.
For the cushion, the mid-sole is made up of Li-Ning’s Cloud Cushion technology. It is said to be made by a special high polymer material which gives cushioning and high rebound. Honestly, before purchasing this I have read and watched a lot of reviews saying this cushion is the opposite of “Cloud”. However, I tested this pair and I think the implementation is better, well at least for me.
The sole of the All City 5 is made-up of a hard rubber. This is good for outdoor/concrete court use and projects to have good durability. The traction pattern is made-up of triangular-shape patterns on the forefoot and the medial side of the sole. The lateral sole pattern are smaller more vertical-oriented triangular shapes. The Way of Wade logo is placed on the pivot area of the sole.
Now let’s move on to my performance review:
Court condition: High school concrete basketball court (dusty and ill-maintained).
I was not expecting anything good because the more premium WOW 5 gets no cushion love. However, I had a pleasant experience with these pair. My knees did not hurt. I did not experience any pain in the heel after the game.
I went true to size. Excellent fit for me.
Given the court condition, it was good enough traction for concrete. I did not encounter any slipping while running and moving lateral.
Again for the price, I bet these will last. The sole is hard enough to withstand concrete/outdoor courts.
The tongue helped secure my ankle and keeping them in place. I did not experience any heel slippage. My feet were secured the whole time.
If you are working on a limited budget and will be playing mostly outdoors on concrete courts, the All City 5 will work for you. I say keep your more expensive shoes for indoor use (like what I am doing with my Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK 2017).