On the day that Dwyane Wade signed with the Bulls, he released two colorways for the Way Of Wade 4. One was in Chicago red—for his hometown—and one was in Miami turquoise—for the city that had employed him for 13 years, but no longer would. The timing was odd to say the least.
But, on Saturday, in Chicago, Wade officially turned the page. All afternoon, at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, dozens of kids competed in a skills challenge, each rocking the brand-new “Coming Home” WoW5s, in Bulls red.
At the event, Wade confirmed to SLAM that he will wear the shoe on opening night—Thursday, at home against the Celtics. Terrence Ross, Tyler Johnson, Glen Robinson III, and more will also wear the shoe throughout the year, according to Wade.
The Coming Home WoW5 is available for purchase on Saturday, Oct. 29, for $165. It will be available online, at WayofWade.com, and at The Edition Boutique, in Miami.
Here are some more details about the new shoe, courtesy of Li-Ning:
Although it remains an all-over red colorway, Dwyane strategically applied black in a few carefully selected areas to accent it perfectly to his taste, including the collar lining, carbon fiber shank, and upper reflective accents. The upper construction represents the WoW5 “Mesh Version” which is a unique layering of textiles and reflective materials to create a seamlessly modern new textile material package.
The external upper pattern straps and heel counter are strongly reinforced from the backside and made of highly-reflective materials. The internal bootie and tongue feature an updated comfort-focused construction as well. The sole uses a semi-clear red rubber through the forefoot & heel, which also glows glow-in-the-dark night green in the dark when properly charged. The sole is supported with an internal carbon fiber mid foot shank which uses a classic black carbon fiber weave on this colorway. The sole intuitively cradles the upper using a newly designed dual-duometer TPU clip system, maximizing ideal lateral support & heel stability on-court.
Photos courtesy of Li-Ning