You know what time it is – it‘s Dame 4 time baby!
There are not enough words to describe this stunning job that adidas together with my boy D. Lillard have been doing since the day one. So much respect for both sides. They’re on the mission to create the best possible hoop shoe for those who can’t afford $200 sneakers.
So without further ado, let’s dive into the Dame 4 performance review!
WEIGHT: 360 g. / 12.69 oz
FIT: HALF A SIZE DOWN
RETAIL PRICE: $115
BD RATING: 9/10
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
So the mesh upper continues to rock alongside the all Dame releases and the Dame 4 isn’t an exception. On paper, the she does look nothing new from the Dame 3 as far as the upper go, but different implementation of mesh material and neoprene duo is what makes it for a whole different experience.
The upper feels much improved – way softer than on the 3, no break-in time is needed and straight out of box comfort is what you’re getting from these bad boys.
Alongside of it, we do have this wire webbing implemented straight into the Mesh. Something similar to the Kobe 11’s Flyknit & wire tooling, but way different results since this mesh & wire webbing stuff doesn’t compromise comfort even a bit. While foot containment is something that does feel improved from the last year’s pair.
BOUNCE IS BACK
Going straight to the point, this BOUNCE setup does feel significantly lower, which is a good thing since last year I did feel a little bit clunky due to SUPER “fat” midsole. But now it’s a whole different story… Adidas is making some notes.
Despite the midsole being toned down quite a bit, all of this BOUNCE magic didn’t go anywhere. The heel area still offers that bouncy ride & ton of impact protection for our paint monsters out there. Trust me, I know what I’m talking about – always finessing dudes in the paint. Barbecue chicken alert!
When the forefoot area is something that every single guard would appreciate – INCREDIBLY responsive & low-profile setup will allow you to precisely accomplish every single step on the court. It’s like the Dame 3 in the back and the Kyrie 3 in front.
We already received pretty crazy traction patterns this year. But man… The Dame 4 just took that to another level by introducing this wavy tread pattern, which does look to me like tiger scratches. I would call it – “tiger attack”. But in the reality, this pattern symbolizes the flow of time. Some really deep sh*t.
Anyway, this wildly looking traction has some beef to hold you on any type of court & in any type of situation. And if the weather is looking nice outside, outdoor surfaces shouldn’t be a problem as well.
However, dust was something that I didn’t expect to be a problem for them at all since the outsole has really widely-spaced grip, but these small gaps in between each thread was a perfect environment for dust to collect. That being the case, frequent wiping is required to keep that solid bite.
THAT NEOPRENE THO
Let me first talk about that Neoprene goodness. This stuff is straight up heaven for your feet & ankles, I’m telling you. Y’all sleeping on this, man. Everybody is just talking about BOOST and Primeknit. Yeah… I get it. BOOST is life & Primeknit is just another reason why adidas is now sitting on top. BUT how about Neoprene, huh?
This spandex like material was so freaking amazing on the Crazy Explosive ’16 that I was having a pretty hard time deciding which Primeknit or Neoprene version was better. And now the Dame 4… Comfy tongue area, easy- access ankle extension which does feel like compressive gear for your ankles & contained heel section for solid lockdown.
So if you own a pair of Dame 3’s, just simply go with the same size as they do fit pretty much identical. If this isn’t the case for you then go half a size down if you have a regular/narrow foot or stay true to size if you’re a wide footer.
STAYED THE SAME
Despite the shoe’s completely redesigned silhouette, the main support core stayed the same making it a one hell of a supportive sneaker. There’s nowhere to find fancy support tech as many other signature shoes do have these days, but you really don’t need them to feel completely secure & contained on the court. Remember, if it has a fancy name and a bank breaking price tag, it doesn’t mean you’re gonna get something spectacular or more than it’s possible.
Now, the midfoot and heel sections do have these midsole extensions that keep your foot locked-in & stable throughout the game. While the new lacing system alongside with the ankle collar helps to obtain that perfect one-to-one fit. Just make sure you get the right size and you will be golden.
What can I say, man. 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.
Everything about this shoe is solid and much improved form the last year – a lighter construction doesn’t hold you back, awesome material duo offers really nice sock like fit & solid foot containment as well, while the BOUNCE midsole pared up with that crazy looking traction will ensure robust grip with the floor and well-balanced ride for any type of player.
And as a cherry on top, the whole shoe is stacked up with signature Damian Lillard details that pay homage to Dame’s growing legacy, which makes me feel like I’m actually holding a true signature sneaker in my hand. And that is something that I’m missing on today’s signature shoes.
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the ADIDAS DAME 4. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!
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