Who should buy the Adidas Dame 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. This is a solid option for you if:

  • You're playing style is similar to Damian Lillard as this model is made especially for him.
  • You're a Lillard fanatic who supports and appreciates his story and the aesthetic of this model.

Adidas Dame 4 logo

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!

Dame 4's midsole technologies

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.

Adidas Dame 4 midsole

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.”

Adidas Dame 4 heel

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.

Superb outsole setup of Adidas Dame 4

The Adidas D Lillard 4 has a rubber outsole with an evolved traction pattern that is inspired by the passage of time.

Adidas Dame 4 grip

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."

Adidas Dame 4 outsole bottom

"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.”

Supportive stable lockdown

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

Adidas Dame 4 lockdown

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

Adidas Dame 4 lace

Adidas Dame 4's solid construction

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

Adidas Dame 4 upper

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

Adidas Dame 4 insole

Lillard's style and story

With key performance and aesthetic updates, the Adidas D Lillard 4 keeps you looking and feeling great on and off the court.

Adidas Dame 4 collar

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.

Adidas Dame 4 signature

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.

Adidas Dame 4 groove

Facts / Specs

Weight: 342g
Top: Mid
Signature: Damian Lillard
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Adidas Dame
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / White / Grey / Red / Blue / Green / Pink

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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.