Breaking Down The New Adidas Dame 4

No player plays the game quite like Damian Lillard, and it’s safe to say nobody has a signature shoe quite like Dame’s either. The new adidas Dame 4 features a unique aesthetic and innovative design that’s built to match Lillard’s one-of-a-kind game. Let’s break down the tech:

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New Flow: The Dame 4 utilizes a ventilated mesh upper for breathable comfort on the court, while lace cables offer a reinforced, lockdown fit.

Unstoppable Fit: A seamless collar design creates a sock-like fit for enhanced comfort that eliminates distractions during games.

Ball All Day: A bounce midsole offers the ultimate court feel and superior comfort all day long, keeping you fresh on the court.

A Cut Above: An evolved traction pattern is made to match Lillard’s unguardable offensive repertoire, keeping him on his feet and preventing slips.

Design Inspiration

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Lillard’s shoes have always incorporated unique design elements that relate to Lillard’s past. On the Dame 4, there’s a string of numbers that go down the shoe’s tongue that reference a few critical moments in Lillard’s career.

35.12: These are the stats Lillard put up in his final AAU game. He had no scholarship offers prior to the game, but his performance helped put him on the map for college coaches.

“The 35 and 12 are my two favorites,” Lillard said. “They’re the numbers I had in my last AAU game. That’s when I earned my way into college. I didn’t have a scholarship. I was playing well the whole summer, and I remember that last game we played against a really good team.  And I played out of my mind.”

25.6.4: This was Lillard’s stat line his senior year at Weber State, where he led the nation in scoring.

“I was coming off an injury,” Lillard said. “It was my fourth year in school. I fell completely off the draft board after my injury the previous year. That whole season, I never let off the gas. That was the most consistent I’ve been in my whole career. No drop-offs. By the end of the season, I had scouts at every game. I got it done. I brought ‘em out. So those numbers are really significant to me.”

6: After his senior season, Lillard was taken with the sixth pick in the draft.

0.9: That’s how much time was on the clock when Lillard hit a game-winner against Houston in the playoffs. He said it’s one of the best moments of his basketball career.

0:  The zero represents the 0% chance everyone gave him to make the playoffs in the 2015-16 season after the four other starters from the previous year had left at the time. It’s also his jersey number, which represents the letter “O” and signifies his career trajectory from his hometown of Oakland to his college town of Ogden, Utah, to his professional team in Oregon.

First Impressions

Wear Testers‘s Nightwing2303 gives his take on the Dame 4s.

Release Info

The adidas Dame 4 drops on 10/6 for $114.99. For more information on upcoming releases, stay locked to Eastbay’s Twitter and Instagram. And stay tuned for an Eastbay-exclusive Dame 4 colorway dropping in November.

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