Facts

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Signature
Lockdown
Lace-Up
Price
$105
Weight
15oz

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A great number of users enjoy the balanced feel of the new Bounce cushioning of the Adidas D Lillard 2.
  • The shoes break in easily according to most wearers.
  • A lot of buyers just love how comfortable the shoes feel.
  • Most reviewers mentioned that the shoes provide excellent traction on clean and semi-dusty indoor courts.
  • The shoes have good ankle support, a good number of users say.
  • Nearly all agree that the materials used on the shoe are of premium quality.
  • Majority of the reviewers highly recommend the D Lillard 2 given its affordable price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Adidas D Lillard 2 runs large, according to a great number of wearers. They recommend going down half a size.
  • Most noted that the outsole collects dust easily, causing some slippage. Testers suggest wiping the outsole frequently when playing on dusty courts.
  • Some buyers comment that the shoes feel heavy and are a bit bulky.

Bottom line

The Adidas D Lillard 2 is comfortable; it has great cushioning, support, lockdown, and traction. If only the traction was a bit better though, then the shoes would have been nearly perfect. Overall, it’s a great all-around shoe that meets most people’s needs.

The D Lillard 2 offers premium quality at an affordable price. At $105, this may just be the best basketball shoe at its price point.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 159 ratings

5 star
74%
4 star
19%
3 star
1%
2 star
3%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

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92 / 100 based on 30 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    I absolutely love these!

  • 95 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    Just a great upgrade over the Lillard 1.

  • 100 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    A great shoe that’s very affordable and fits most people’s needs.

  • 100 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    This might be the best bang for you buck shoe I’ve ever played in.

  • 97 / 100 by WearTesters • Bryan Hinkle • Level 5 expert

    Love, love, LOVE the adidas D Lillard 2.

  • 95 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    I wish the traction was better on dusty floors but everything else improved a ton without a change in price. Well done Dame and Adidas!

  • 90 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan • Level 5 expert

    I love it.

  • 85 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan • Level 5 expert

    This is a great performance shoe.

  • 97 / 100 by KickGenius • Jeremy Jones • Level 4 expert

    Overall, I think this is a tremendous improvement from last year's model.

  • 93 / 100 by FreshPairPh • FreshPairPh • Level 4 expert

    the D'Lillard 2 is a pretty good hooping shoe.

  • 93 / 100 by FreshPairPh • FreshPairPh • Level 4 expert

    the D'Lillard 2 is a pretty good hooping shoe.

  • 87 / 100 by TheGymRatReview • Jake Sittler • Level 4 expert

    Overall, the Lillard 2 proved to be a very good shoe in all aspects.

  • 84 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • The Sole Brothers • Level 4 expert

    This is an amazing pair of shoes.

  • 97 / 100 by Bryan Hinkle • Bryan Hinkle • Level 3 expert

    This is unbelievable performance for $105.

  • 95 / 100 by Luvmykicks1 • Luvmykicks1 • Level 3 expert

    This is just an awesome shoe.

  • 95 / 100 by Seth Fowler • Seth Fowler • Level 3 expert

    This is my go-to.

  • 92 / 100 by KickSpotting • KickSpotting • Level 3 expert

    Overall, the Lillard 2 is a beast!

  • 90 / 100 by BBallEquips • BBallEquips • Level 3 expert

    Overall, I would say that the Adidas Lillard 2 would be one of the top basketball shoe made by any brand over the mid-2015 to mid-2016 period.

  • 85 / 100 by Wheat City Sole • Richard • Level 3 expert

    Its just a solid, solid basketball shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by SneakStorming • SneakStorming • Level 3 expert

    Its definitely a shoe that you should look to pick up.

  • 90 / 100 by The Broken Baller • The Broken Baller • Level 2 expert

    Another well done shoe by Adidas.

  • 99 / 100 by 6ix Reviews • 6ix Sam • Level 1 expert

    This shoe is the best shoe for your dollar!

  • 95 / 100 by JDuth • Jacob • Level 1 expert

    Probably the best pair that I own.

  • 90 / 100 by BallersPinas888 • BallersPinas888 • Level 1 expert

    It performs great on the basketball court.

  • 90 / 100 by Balloholic's Productions • Balloholic's Productions • Level 1 expert

    You can really feel the bounce when you're jumping.

  • 85 / 100 by djemp25 • djemp25 • Level 1 expert

    I got a lot more out of the performance than I was expecting.

  • 85 / 100 by BballPrince • Prince • Level 1 expert

    These shoes are really good.

  • 85 / 100 by The Ice Nation • Luke • Level 1 expert

    I'd recommend this shoe over the Dame 3.

  • 80 / 100 by RetroBoomin 98 • RetroBoomin 98 • Level 1 expert

    Its still a good shoe.

  • 70 / 100 by SolelyATL • John and David • Level 1 expert

    At $120, you can't beat it.

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Profile of Adidas D Lillard 2

Signature shoes should reflect the player and Damian Lillard had valuable input on how his shoes should look and feel. The Adidas D Lillard 2 is the official shoe of the City of Oakland, where Dame learned to play. His rise to stardom didn't occur overnight. It took years of hard work and determination in the Bay Area to become the star that he is today. These shoes tell that story.

The Adidas D Lillard 2 is a major upgrade from the D Lillard 1. It features a Jacquard upper for flexibility, Bounce cushioning for continuous comfort, and a Continental Rubber outsole for extra grip.

Performance

Cushion. The Adidas D Lillard 2 features a new full-length Bounce cushioning system. This technology is mostly used on Adidas running shoes and was fine-tuned specifically for basketball. It’s a dual-density foam that provides enhanced comfort, energy return, and impact protection.

The shoes also use Sprintframe and Torsion to support the midfoot and forefoot. These work well with the Bounce cushioning and this whole system provides a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

Traction. The outsole of the Adidas D Lillard 2 is made of Continental rubber with a modified herringbone pattern inspired by Dame’s chest tattoo. It’s a non-marking rubber outsole that provides extraordinary grip on wet and dry surfaces.

Fit

Length and Width. The Adidas D Lillard 2 runs slightly long and a little wide. Reviewers recommend going down half a size; however, wide-footers are advised to go with their normal shoe size.

Lockdown. The Adidas D Lillard 2 features a one-piece Techfit bootie, TPU eyelets at the midfoot, and a TPU heel counter. The sock-like fit of the Techfit bootie and support of the TPU heel counter keep the foot in place. When laced up, the TPU eyelets lay sightly on top of the midfoot keeping the foot locked down.

Material

The Adidas D Lillard 2 has 4 upper variants available.

  • Jacquard upper. It’s similar to Primeknit and designed to conform and move with the player’s foot.
  • Primeknit upper. This is a light, soft, breathable, and flexible material. This edition also features Boost cushioning at the heel area.
  • Synthetic leather upper. This is a durable material that adds support and aids with lockdown.
  • Knitted upper. This material is featured in the D Lillard 2 Static edition. It’s also like Primeknit but sturdier.

Style

One of the major issues with the D Lillard 1 is heel slip. The Adidas D Lillard 2 has additional padding around the ankle collar that provides ankle support and helps keep the heel in place. This extra padding does not feel restrictive and the mid-cut design of the shoe allows the ankle to move freely.

Dame-inspired details complete the sneaker’s standout look. The D Lillard 2 performs great on-court and can also be rocked casually. With a variety of colorways and materials to choose from, you’ll surely be able to find a pair that fits your needs