CONVERSE WADE 1: ATTACK
When Dwyane Wade attacks the basket, it’s not only everything that’s right with the game, but it’s deadly. He plays with a gracefully aggression that puts fear in defenders hearts. On both ends of the court, he’s out for blood.
The idea behind the Wade 1 Signature was to elaborate on modern applications of a function found in nature. ‘Gills’ are realized by the use of mesh underlays in the upper pattern, providing not only function but iconic color pop. Fins serve as stabilizers, propellers, and protectors. It’s no different in the case of the fin-shaped badge on the back of the Wade.
Like Wade’s game, the final design is sleek, yet competitive. It features full grain leather and an internal bootie that work to provide a custom fit, while a double-lasted midsole construction provides a low profile ride. Decorative zig-zag stitching, which mirror his elusive movements, highlight the mesh shark-like ‘gills’ that offer lightweight and breathability.
Having established himself as a late-game hero, Dwyane Wade made it a habit of hitting game winning shots with 8/10 of a second remaining. First in 2004 to win his first playoff series against the Hornets, leaving only eight-tenths on the clock. Then he walked into the storied Madison Square Garden in 2005 and pulled up with 0:0.8 to go and shocks the Knicks.
The Wade Signature features a heel stabilizer that doubles as a tribute to Wade’s game-saving heroics, showing a shot clock reading “Point 8.”
The Wade was released in 2005 and sold over 1 million pairs worldwide. It was the shoe Dwyane wore while bringing the Heat its first championship in franchise history and the USA a gold medal in 2006 FIBA competition.