Dwayne Wade has a new Li-Ning sneaker on the way and it’s giving off heavy Off-White vibes. Part of the brand’s New York Fashion Week offering, the sneaker features exposed panels and stitching, and bears midsole lettering similar to production samples.
Images of the new model come after their Butterfly Retro 2018 arrived looking a lot like a Wave Runner 700. Different copyright laws in China make it hard for stateside brands to claim IP infringements (hence the ‘legit’ Yeezy store in Wenzhou), which means brands like Li-Ning can take liberties with design. Still, as with Kanye’s Wave Runner, it’s hard to tell if this is a direct bite or just a sign that Virgil’s popular designs are becoming the new norm.
The Li-Ning Essence isn't available just yet — we'll let you know when it is.