Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 at 6:46 pm  |  24 responses

The Return Of The Wade 1

And the wait for the BB4 gets extended and other sneaker news.

by Chris O’Leary

One of the best things about a signature shoe—some would call it the concept of the shoe, even—is that you can wear what your favorite player is wearing. For a large chunk of his MVP-caliber season, Dwyane Wade has been the exception to that rule. D-Wade appears to have bailed on his Wade 4 shoe this year, in favor of the first shoe Converse gave him, the Wade 1.

Maybe the fact that Converse has now re-issued the Wade 1 is an indication of just how good Wade is playing this season. Sitting exclusively on shelves at Champs, the Wade 1 is back in limited quantities, with some minor modifications to the original sneaker. From Converse:

“The WADE 1 features “.08″ displayed on the inner heel to reflect two game-winning shots in his first two NBA seasons. His number “3″ is shown on the shoelace eyelets and his name appears on the back and top of the shoe. Functionally, the shoe enables Wade to play at the top of his game with a Foot Strike Management System, internal sock liner and heel stabilizers.”

The shoe has a $90 price tag.

Wade 1Another bit of sneaker info for anyone who had their eyes on Nike’s Shox BB4 re-release. The release date has been pushed back to May 16, according to Foot Locker’s blog.

Also dropping late April/early May will be the shoes that JR Smith wore at this year’s dunk contest in Phoenix: Nike’s Zoom Flight Club. There will be five colorways releasing on them, with exclusives making their ways to Foot Locker, Champs and Foot Action. The white/black/purple will hit stores in June and the shoe will cost $110.

Nike Zoom Flight Club group

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Who wants to know who likes them? deez nutz likes them. I dont think that even Jordan was egotistical enough to retro is own shoe while he was still playing, was he?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I really don’t understand the “Zoom Flight Club” name at all.

  • thesubwayconnection

    Me either, Russ. But it’s a pair of shoes I’ll consider picking up.

  • Andrew

    BETCATS – the Jordan III True Blue when he was at the Wizards…. incidentally retro-ing again this year…

  • AI

    What’s there to understand? It’s just a name. Does anybody really understand the name “Hyperdunk??” We got those flight clubs in Asia for some weeks now and they look solid.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Finally the Shoe Wade has been wearing all season long is available again. Still the best looking Wade signature kicks ever, especially in the white playoffs version.
    Saw that Iguodala has switched from the Foamposite light (that’s like the third nba player to drop those lately) to the Fight Club although he has been wearing simple white or black colourways, i dig JR’s in grey and the black/carolina’s more. Still looks like a rehash of GP’s old zoom’s though. Pass. I’ll wait for the newest Shox (damn hyperdunks aren’t getting discounted ANYWHERE)

  • jumpman2323

    and yes jordan did wear retros when he played.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Yes,Money went “real” retro with those heavy 1′s in the Garden…

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    When he dropped 42/8/6 in 98′

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    I think he finished that game in a pair of XIII’s. Russ, the first rule of Zoom Flight Club is you don’t talk about Zoom Flight Club. That’s the only reason I can think of for them naming the shoe that way.

  • JAMS

    good call on the GP zoom’s i had a pair of those in grade 11

  • niQ

    these are dopest CONVERSE’s EVER.

  • Twin Paradox

    Loved those Wade’s…
    Loved the Marquette colorway(the blue/yellow/white)

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    I meant selling a retro shoe of his (not playing in one), but thanks for answering my question.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    only good pair of Wade’s

  • Andrew

    did he play in 99? cos that’s when the IVs were retroed for the first time…

  • BrickLayer

    Does anyone know where to buy the wade’s online?

  • Superman Osman

    Zoom Flight Club looks good. Retro Wade just in time my old ones started breakin

  • buggsie7_aus

    i love theese shoes i got a pair when they first came out and i have since grown out of them and i’ve been wanting another pair so this is great news for me. whoopah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bannooooooo

    Those wade’s are so sick and i’ve been wanting them for so long but i can’t find them anywhere online. Does anyone know where i can buy a pair??

  • vinnypetitto

    Where can I find these shoes????

  • alexz

    where can u buy thiz????????????????

  • poopoopeepee