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Signature
Lockdown
Lace-Up
Price
$115
Weight
12.1oz

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

10 reasons to buy

  • The Dame 4 provides excellent support and containment according to several users.
  • Most testers are impressed by the compression ankle collar, stating it delivers great lockdown while still allowing adequate ankle mobility.
  • A good number of players are satisfied with how the traction performs. They are claiming that dust is not an issue.
  • The mesh upper feels very premium, many comment. It feels great right out of the box and requires little to no break-in time.
  • Many purchasers just absolutely love their Adidas Dame 4. They say it’s really fun to play in and is probably one of the best basketball sneakers of 2017.
  • The fit is spot on, a few observe.
  • According to some, the D Lillard 4 is the best shoe of the series by far.
  • The implementation of the Bounce cushioning must really work since nearly all testers are impressed with it. They say that the cushioning delivers the right amount of impact protection and court feel.
  • For its price, a good number of buyers are saying that the Dame 4 is the best signature sneaker currently available.
  • Aside from being an excellent on-court performer, these Adidas basketball sneakers are also great to wear off the court, some remark.

7 reasons not to buy

  • The Dame 4’s traction takes a while to break-in and is a bit inconsistent, a few players observe.
  • A handful of users complain that these shoes are hard to put on and the laces are hard to tighten.
  • These Adidas basketball shoes run a half size long, some testers notice.
  • A small number of wearers don’t like the D Lillard 4’s snug fit.
  • Several testers note that the outsole is soft and pliable, like most basketball sneakers’. Outdoor use is not recommended.
  • A handful of purchasers complain that the Adidas Dame 4 is poorly made. They claim that the lace loops easily break.
  • One buyer is not happy because the outsole came off just after a few months.

Bottom line

Adidas and Damian Lillard have consistently put up affordable basketball shoes that do not skimp on quality and performance. With each release, Dame’s signature line continues to become better. The Adidas D Lillard 4 has premium materials that are supportive, a bootie construction that delivers a glove-like fit, a compression collar that keeps your feet locked in, and a full-length Bounce midsole that provides excellent court feel and adequate impact protection.

For its price of $115, the Adidas Dame 4 is hard to beat. Although its traction could have been better, these basketball shoes have all the other categories in the bag. It offers an excellent overall package that quick guards and even forwards will enjoy.

Arguably one of the best basketball shoes of 2017, the D Lillard 4 is easy on the pocket and beastly on the court.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 351 ratings

5 star
69%
4 star
23%
3 star
5%
2 star
1%
1 star
2%

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Expert Reviews

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93 / 100 based on 18 expert reviews

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

    The adidas Dame 3 was my current top pick for 2017 but the Dame 4 just replaced them. It offers very similar performance features but you can feel the evolution between the two after playing in them.

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

    This is a really good performance hoop shoe especially for that one hundred fifteen dollar price tag.

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

    The adidas Dame 3 was my current top pick for 2017 but the Dame 4 just replaced them. It offers very similar performance features but you can feel the evolution between the two after playing in them.

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

    With good cushioning, good fit, and good materials, the Dame 4 is good at everything.

  • 95 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    Three years in a row we get a $115 superb shoe that constantly sticks to its root while improving some details here and there. That’s a shoe line you can trust and the Dame 4 is absolutely a great deal.

  • 90 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 5 expert

    Just another phenomenal year for the Dame line, finding the ways to improve every single aspect of the shoe upon everything has been done in the past. Although this is only the fourth generation of this line but for now, this is the most stable & most improving signature line for adidas, in my opinion.

  • 85 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    Overall, recommended but with a few asterisks. Of course, being most of the traction.

  • 80 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    I really really really enjoy playing in this shoe but only on clean courts and slightly dusty floors only.. or when it’s humid…or when it’s just pick up and I just want the exercise.

  • 100 / 100 by AnotherPair • Nate Levell Greer • Level 4 expert

    The Dame 4 is a blast to play in. I was having so much fun in this kick I didn’t want to stop. If there was a category for “fun to play in” I would rate the Dame 4 Hall of Fame!

  • 95 / 100 by Jahronmon • Jarron Ramos • Level 4 expert

    The Dame 4 is an absolute banger on the court.

  • 87 / 100 by Richee Kim • Richee Kim • Level 4 expert

    If you guys have a guard play style like me, I think these shoes are really, really good. Like this is a bang-for-your-buck shoe hands down.

  • 100 / 100 by WearTesters • Stanley Tse • Level 3 expert

    The Dame 4 is Lillard’s latest signature shoe and things just keep getting better. This is absolutely one of the best bang for your buck shoes on the market.

  • 100 / 100 by WearTesters • Nate Levell Greer • Level 3 expert

    The Dame 4 is a blast to play in. I was having so much fun in this kick I didn’t want to stop. If there was a category for “fun to play in” I would rate the Dame 4 Hall of Fame!

  • 95 / 100 by PureKicks • Flo Damptey • Level 2 expert

    My overall thoughts is that this shoe is an underrated performer. It is a brilliant basketball shoe for guards.

  • 95 / 100 by KickGenius • J Jones • Level 2 expert

    I must say this is probably the top hoop shoe to hoop in right now in my opinion.

  • 90 / 100 by NewJordans2018 • Justin Vargas • Level 2 expert

    Overall ,There’s no other midsole ever made that compares to it’s comfort. I love the Dame 4 with the comfortable material and best cushioning .

  • 85 / 100 by NikeTalk • wtfarabbit • Level 1 expert

    In the Dame 4s you are really low to the ground, responsive, and backed with great cushion, but because Adidas opted for a gimmick traction pattern, the shoe flopped performance wise.

  • 80 / 100 by Lot Channel • Lot Channel • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I would say that it gets a four out of five stars because the midsole is great that feels super low to the ground without sacrificing much impact protection.

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Profile of Adidas D Lillard 4

The Dame 4 might just be Lillard's best Adidas basketball sneaker yet. It features a breathable textile upper, full-length Bounce midsole, and an evolved traction pattern to keep him one step ahead of his competition.

One of the league’s best offensive players, Damian Lillard has quickly ascended the NBA ranks and evolved into the king of the clutch. For his fourth signature sneaker, Lillard is all set to let us all know what time it is—Dame Time!

Performance

Cushion. Like the Adidas Dame 3, Bounce cushioning is also used on the Adidas Dame 4. However, Lillard requested for the midsole tooling to be reworked. “If BOOST didn’t exist, BOUNCE would be the greatest cushioning technology in the market, in terms of energy return and responsiveness,” says lead designer Jesse Rademacher.

Jesse Rademacher continues, “We really feel that BOUNCE is best for him and he really agrees. Going from the [Dame] 3 into the [Dame] 4, we changed up the BOUNCE setup. We really wanted to amplify all the benefits of BOUNCE. BOUNCE is really meant for Dame’s style of play. With those extreme angles and unpredictability, BOUNCE actually provides Dame with that cushioning setup he’s looking for.”

The shock absorbing quality of the Bounce cushioning offers ultimate court feel while also providing enhanced flexibility and comfort, allowing Lillard to take control of the court with his quick movements.

Traction. The Adidas D Lillard 4 has a rubber outsole with an evolved traction pattern that is inspired by the passage of time. Jesse Rademacher explains that the wavy tread pattern has a specific flow to it. “With Dame and any great athlete, you’re always trying to get into a flow state. That’s where time slows down. Your focus is extremely sharp. The flow and the movement of the outsole pattern is derived by Dame’s movements and his attacking style. It changes direction where Dame needs the change of direction. These lug patterns are actually split and divided based on that type of mentality. It allows greater deflection of the lug. To get the best grip possible, you want the lugs to actually deflect before they slip. If they don’t deflect, then they’re going to have grip for a moment but then they’re going to slip.”

Fit

Length and Width. As with the Adidas D Lillard 2 and the Dame 3, wide-footers are advised to stay true to their size when ordering the Adidas Dame 4. Narrow and regular footers are urged to go down half a size to get a snug fit.

Lockdown. With an all-new lacing system, the Adidas D Lillard 4 enables users to customize the fit according to their preference.

The Dame 4’s unique lacing system features reinforced lace cables that deliver supportive lockdown while its mid-top design heightens ankle support.

Material

The Adidas Dame 4 has a lightweight textile upper for breathable comfort and flexible support on the hardwood. The upper features a bootie construction lined with comfortable textile for a snug one-to-one fit.

A Neoprene compression collar works seamlessly with the inner-bootie to totally encapsulate the foot, enhancing the overall comfort and fit.

Style

With key performance and aesthetic updates, the Adidas D Lillard 4 keeps you looking and feeling great on and off the court. Its breathable mesh upper is lined with numbers that represent significant moments in Lillard’s life, and on the heel a message that reads YKWTII (You Know What Time It Is) is written.

Recognizing Dame D.O.L.L.A.’s musical genius, the Bounce midsole also have teeth-like grooves that are meant to imitate audio files he produces in the recording studio.

Special Colorways of the Adidas D Lillard 4

Adidas Dame 4 BAPE

Collaborating with Japanese streetwear brand BAPE, Damian Lillard and Adidas are set to release the most hyped basketball sneaker they have ever created.

Lillard has been a long time admirer of the famous Japanese brand, with his fondest memories of BAPE during the peak of rapper Lil Wayne’s career. "I just remember him having on all of these wild colors, and that was when it became hot to me," Lillard says. "Also, when he had on all the Bape on the cover [of Vibe], he kind of set that trend for hip-hop fans and inner city people."

This limited-edition Dame 4 collection uses classic prints that BAPE fans have come to love. Dressed in red, green, and black hues, the Adidas Dame 4 BAPE sneakers are tricked out with BAPE’s famed shark teeth design printed on the midsole, duck camo blanketing the upper, and signature WGM (World Gone Mad) phrase styled in varsity jacket letters.

Retailing for $150, these unique Adidas basketball shoes are slated to be released on Feb 16, 2018, in Los Angeles’s very own 747 Warehouse St.

Adidas Dame 4 Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, Adidas and Lillard dropped a new colorway of the Dame 4.

Drawing inspiration from two iconic landmarks during the Harlem Renaissance, the Dame 4 BHM’s upper is covered with a white graphic that pays homage to the Savoy Ballroom and the Apollo Theater. Completing the design are the Roman numerals MCMLI printed along the heel.