I was hesitant to take this shoe for a second test run after my first wearing. Right out of the box, these shoes were extremely stiff and uncomfortable. If you’re like me and like playing in low cut /no-show socks, this shoe will kill the area around your ankles the first couple of times that you wear them. The leather on the shoe is very stiff and hard around the ankle areas. It took a while to break them in. After getting past the breaking in point, the shoe performed quite well. Converse’s Foot Strike Management cushioning system delivers pretty well for smaller guards and forwards. I didn’t feel like the cushioning would suffice for a bigger, heavier position player. The mesh tongues provide good ventilation and allow for good breathability although it is not the best I have seen.
The embossed side of the wade serves more functional purpose than just being a part of the design of the shoe. The sides are made of a stiffer material which hugs the sides of your ankles and provides great support. This part of the shoe is very stiff during the initial wearings, but gets better as you break the shoe in. The Wade 2.0’s rounded edges at the front and the back of the shoe are great for any guard or speed player. The way the shoe is curved definitely makes you feel faster when you are running or making hard cuts to the basket.
*Black/White/Gray (Finishline Exclusive)
*Gray/Black/Red (Finishline Exclusive)
Colorway Tested: Black/White/Red
Tested on: Hardwood & Asphalt
Comfort & Cushioning: B+