Who should buy the Adidas D Lillard 3

Humbled by each win and starved by each defeat, Damian Lillard’s style of play is the major inspiration for these basketball sneakers. If not for the inspiration and story, you'd get this pair becuase:

  • You're looking for an all around performing shoe to showcase your Dame-like skills in passing, scoring, and defense.
  • You're a fan of the technologies infused into this pair, especially the aggressive outsole inspired by Lillard's greatness.

Adidas D Lillard 3 logo

Adidas D Lillard 3's stable midsole

Bounce cushioning keeps your every step energized all day long. The Adidas D Lillard 3 has full-length dual-density Bounce that provides enhanced comfort, flexibility, and responsiveness.

Adidas D Lillard 3 midsole

The midsole wraps around the shoe, allowing the foot to sit low for added court feel. An internal torsion plate and an outrigger provide stability.

Adidas D Lillard 3 midsole side

Strong outsole construction

A unique tread pattern is featured on the Adidas Dame 3’s outsole and is based on Lillard’s childhood courts. 

Adidas D Lillard 3 outsole

Multi-directional blade traction keeps you grounded during quick lateral motions.

Adidas D Lillard 3 midsole heel

Snug and secure lockdown system

The Adidas D Lillard 3 features a TechFit sock cleatie and a customizable lacing system. The cleatie construction locks your foot down snugly and securely.

Adidas D Lillard 3 lockdwon

The lace panel has multiple lacing options for a customized fit.

Adidas D Lillard 3 lacing system

Adidas D Lillard 3's superb upper setup

Adidas introduced FUSEDMESH into the upper pattern of the Dame 3. FUSEDMESH is a TPU-based yarn that’s woven together. It’s designed with areas of support and stretch to help ensure a custom fit while keeping it nice and soft for step-in comfort.

Adidas D Lillard 3 upper

FUSEDMESH provides lightweight and breathable support. This material paired with dual-density Bounce provides comfort straight out of the box.

Adidas D Lillard 3 upper toe

Design structure of Adidas D Lillard 3

The mid-top design of the Adidas D Lillard 3 utilizes a new slip-on construction with a flexible ankle collar that makes entry easy.

Adidas D Lillard 3 collar

The sneaker also features a unique lace panel; anybody can choose how to lace their shoe to suit their style.

Lillard's style and story

Like the first two iterations, this shoe tells a story. It pays tribute to Lillard’s family and his humble beginnings. With the Dame 3, we go back to his roots. “With this being my third shoe, it’s all about appreciation for the people that went out of their way so I’d be able to hoop growing up,” Dame said in an interview.

Adidas D Lillard 3 style

On the right toe, there are three initials for his mother and his two grandmothers; on the left are initials for his father and his grandfather. 56316 is built into the outsole tread pattern. This number is displayed on the telephone pole in front of his grandparents’ house where he learned to shoot on a milk crate. On the outrigger, if you put the shoes together, you’ll get the coordinates of Dame’s hometown neighborhood, Brookfield.

Adidas D Lillard 3 toe box

WEARING THE LETTER O is printed on the left sock liner. The phrase pays tribute to Dame’s pre-game introduction in Portland and his debut album titled The Letter O. O also signifies the three locations most important to his career: Oakland, Ogden, and Oregon which is printed on the right sock liner.

Adidas D Lillard 3 insole

Facts / Specs

Weight: 399g
Top: Mid
Signature: Damian Lillard
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Green / Black / Blue / Red / White / Grey / Purple / Yellow
SKUs: BB8269 / BB8270 / BB8271 / BB8337 / BW0323 / BW0326 / BY3191 / BY3206 / BY3760 / BY3762

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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.