Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Most buyers love the Dame 6’s unique design. According to them, these Adidas basketball shoes are visually appealing.
  • Many are commenting that these shoes are very comfortable to play in.
  • The traction performs flawlessly on clean courts, a good number of players report.
  • These Adidas basketball sneakers are good to go right out of the box, several users declare.
  • Just like the Adidas Harden Vol. 4, the Dame 6 has impressed nearly all players with the new Lightstrike cushioning. They are saying that it feels incredible and may even be better than Bounce.
  • The materials lock the foot down nicely, several reviewers observe.
  • Some users are impressed at how light and minimal these basketball shoes feel.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Most reviewers are complaining that the Adidas Dame 6 has poor traction on dusty courts.
  • The materials feel cheap and are not that durable, a good number of owners gripe.

Bottom line

Despite its traction issues, the Adidas Dame 6 remains to be a solid on-court performer. The Lightstrike cushioning offers the right amount of court feel, responsiveness, and impact protection. The shoe’s materials also do a great job of supporting and locking in the foot. 

All things considered, these D Lillard basketball sneakers are fun to hoop in. Just be prepared to wipe the outsole if you frequent dusty courts.

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Damian Lillard’s sixth signature basketball shoe embodies all facets of his persona and creativity on and off the court.  

“Early in the design process, the many sides of Dame’s personality emerged during our conversations with Dame – he’s a leader, a family man, a businessman and more, but when he hits the court, a different side comes out,”  Senior Footwear Designer Jimi Taylor said in an interview.

To complement his lethal moves on the court, the Adidas Dame 6 is the first model in Lillard’s signature series to feature Lightstrike technology. The Lightstrike midsole is designed to provide the perfect balance between ultra responsiveness and lightweight cushioning.

The Dame 6 boasts an anatomical lacing system that provides a precision fit and unparalleled support. The shoe’s sock-like fit keeps the foot stable and comfortable all game long. 

These Adidas basketball shoes also feature a new traction pattern with rounded edges for unrivaled grip. The herringbone traction pattern allows Lillard to stop on a dime and pull up from the arch.

“I just think the quality of them is complete 360,” Lillard says. “It’s comfortable. I can play in it right away.”

Cushion. The Adidas Dame 6 is equipped with a super-light midsole that offers both cushioning and responsiveness. Lightstrike is designed to provide increased comfort, support, and response.

Perfect for Lillard’s game, the Lightstrike technology allows him to drive to the hoop or make step-back threes with ease.

Traction. These Damian Lillard basketball shoes boast a herringbone rubber outsole. The herringbone outsole features a dynamic heel edge and rounded edges that enhance grip during multidirectional movements.

Closure. These low-top basketball shoes boast an anatomical lacing system that provides a precision fit. The webbed lacing system also delivers enhanced lockdown and lateral support.

The Dame 6 employs a comfortable and breathable upper constructed of mesh and textile. These materials provide lightweight support as you run up and down the court.

The Adidas Dame 6’s upper reflects Lillard’s quiet leadership and influential personality. “The silhouette embodies Dame’s multi-dimensional persona from both sides of the shoe. The outside speaks to Dame’s focus, while the interior peels back the layers to showcase the inner workings of the shoe and celebrates Dame’s ruthless mindset on the court,” Jimi Taylor explains.

Damian Lillard’s sixth signature basketball sneaker is available in a variety of energetic colorways:

  • Chalk White/Tech Purple/Clear Brown
  • Cloud White/Scarlet/Core Black
  • Core Black/Cloud White/Core Black ‘Hecklers Pack’
  • Core Black/Core Black/Shock Red ‘Ruthless’
  • Core Black/Gold Metallic/Team Royal Blue
  • Core Black/Silver Metallic/Cloud White
  • Glory Blue/Cloud White/Glory Blue ‘Hecklers Pack’
  • Glow Orange/Core Black/Signal Coral
  • Shock Yellow/Cloud White/Shock Yellow ‘Hecklers Pack’
  • Signal Green/Glory Purple/Signal Coral 'Signal Green'
  • Solar Red/Cloud White/Solar Red ‘Hecklers Pack’

Adidas Dame 6 ‘Hecklers Pack’

The Adidas Dame 6 ‘Hecklers Pack’ draws inspiration from Lillard’s ability to silence the opposition during crunch time. The ‘Hecklers Pack’ arrives in four team colors with a graphic print throughout. Each colorway features a “Get Dealt With” message while the word “Heckler” is strategically placed on the heel tab for everyone to see.

Adidas Dame 6 Leather

The Adidas Dame 6 Leather is a lux version of Damian Lillard's sixth signature sneaker. These black basketball shoes feature a suede construction with metallic gold details.

Adidas Dame 6 ‘Ruthless’

Damian Lillard is known for his tenacity on the court. When the game is on the line, you know it is, ‘Dame Time.’ 

“I come out to compete against people, but I don’t say a whole lot. I don’t talk trash; I just go at them every opportunity I get,” Lillard says. “There’s a way to go about it in life and in basketball, being compassionate and ruthless. It’s important to have both; I was raised that way.”   

The Adidas Dame 6 ‘Ruthless’ boasts split hues of black, green, and neon pink. A translucent outsole completes the design.

Adidas Dame 6 ‘Stone Cold’

In 2018, Damian Lillard dressed up as Stone Cold Steve Austin for Halloween. He showed up at the arena rocking a rubber mask, Austin 3:16 shirt, and a championship belt.

Adidas basketball pays tribute to the iconic wrestler by launching a special-edition colorway of the Adidas Dame 6. The ‘Stone Cold’ colorway is highlighted with a “Dame 3:16” on the medial side. 

As a nod to Steve Austin’s signature vest, Adidas included a snakeskin print all over the upper. Blue and gold accents complete the silhouette.

McDonald's X Adidas Dame 6 'Dame Sauce'

Damian Lillard and Adidas are teaming up with McDonald's for another exclusive colorway of the Dame 6. Dubbed 'Dame Sauce,' these green basketball shoes feature golden arches on the lateral side.

Pusha T X Adidas Dame 6 'I Am My Own Fan'

This exclusive colorway of the Adidas Dame 6 features a split design highlighted with orange and light blue accents. Other details include the phrase "I Am My Own Fan," and the texts "DL-90," "PSH-T77." A mixtape-inspired design also appears on the heel.

Sonic the Hedgehog X Adidas Dame 6

The release of this particular colorway is slated to coincide with the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie perfectly. Split down the middle, the Sonic the Hedgehog X Adidas Dame 6 boasts a combination of blue and red. Metallic gold accents complete the shoe’s theme.

 

Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com